Paradise – Crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria 2.5 days, September 2019

IMG_4714 Crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria
Crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria from QLD to the NT in 2.5 days. The Wessel Vessels gathered at Boyd Point for sundowners to have a chat about the crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria and to grab a group photo. 8 vessels are crossing together, Ian off Humpy a last-minute addition. This is our first crossing and first continuous night sail and another milestone for Paradise. We all set sail in light wind conditions at 0400hrs for what is expected to b...
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Paradise - quick trip home and Weipa area QLD August 2019

IMG_4696 Getting ready for crossing the Gulf
​ Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – I had a few days back home to see my family, puppies and to celebrate my mum's birthday. It's great to travel, but there's no place like home. The Nautilus shells made it safely home, thank goodness. Back in Weipa, the replacement G-zero arrived, and it was successfully rigged onto Paradise. John also replaced the continuous furling line for the boom, which is a Dyneema core. This was always goin...
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Paradise – Heading down the Gulf of Carpentaria to Weipa 20-24 August 2019

IMG_4415-Medium The fish are abundant in the Gulf
The Gulf of Carpentaria is the breeding ground for cyclones in the first 3 months of the year, luckily we will be well clear of the Gulf by then. If you love fishing, then this is the place to be. Kim dropped a line in the water and immediately hooked a Spanish Mackerel measuring 1.15m. It's the biggest fish that she's filleted, which kept her busy for the morning. Pete whipped some beer batter and crispy hot chips for dinner, who needs a restaur...
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Paradise – Horn & Thursday Islands, Torres Strait & Seisia 16-19 August 2019

IMG_4352-Medium Thursday Island Museum
Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – The Torres Strait Islands are in the centre of the windiest trade wind in the world. Tides are fickle and can be unpredictable. The Arafura Sea to the west and the Coral Sea to the east experience different tidal ranges and times. There's also the confluence of tidal streams running around TI to deal with. We caught up with some other boaties who have been waiting for weeks for a weather window to ...
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Paradise – Straight to the tip of AUS, 13-15 August 2019

IMG_4257-Medium At the tip of Australia
Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – We pushed to the tip of mainland Australia in one long day. Leaving Cape Grenville at 0400hrs and arriving at Shallow Bay just before the top of Cape York before sunset at 1800hrs. It was only the two of us on Paradise, and it was the first time that John had a little sleep during the day, and I was at the helm, it's nice to see him relaxed. We officially became part of a group of seven Cats sailin...
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Paradise - Margaret Bay, Cape Grenville FNQ, 3-12 August 2019

IMG_4046-Medium The oyster are big!
Slowing down the pace of our trip meant that we had time to explore Cape Grenville and relax with our sailing pals. The ocean side of Cape Grenville is very windy, and all the plastic and debris off boats seem to land on Indiana Bay. There are piles of rubbish there and some stuff that is useful that can be salvaged. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from Margaret Bay to Indiana Bay, and the trail is marked by items that are found along the beach...
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Paradise – Portland Roads, Cape Weymouth FNQ, 26-31 August 2019

IMG_3805-Medium A sail should not look like this!!
It was a lovely day sailing up to Portland Roads (Cape Weymouth/Iron Range), I baked a cake for Nathalie's birthday and we sang happy birthday while we were underway. But when furling up the G-Zero, it wrapped and rather than dropping the sail we tried to unfurl it and before you knew it there was a gust of wind and things went pear-shaped and the sail shredded, and part of it landed in the water. It was a massive effort to get it back on board a...
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Paradise – Flinders, Stanley and Morris Islands FNQ, 21-25 Jul 2019

IMG_3550 Rock Art
The Flinders Group National Park (CYPAL) is located adjacent to Princess Charlotte Bay and 340km north of Cairns on eastern Cape York. We landed on two of the seven islands in the group. Paradise was the first to arrive there, and it looked pretty lonely and remote but then to our surprise Samantha, Moon Mist and Casuarina arrived later in the day. They showed us the way to Stanley Island, which is accessed via tender through a small gap in the m...
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Paradise - Lizard Island FNQ Part 2, 18-20 Jul 2019

IMG_3400-Medium Loving Lizard Island
I've broken up Lizard Island into 2 blogs, see part 1 for the Research Station. The walk up to the top of the Cook's Lookout got the heart pumping and the views along the way were amazing. The crystal clear water made snorkelling the reef full of excitement with the giant clams and the bright colours of the tropical fish. Unfortunately, our time ended short as the national parks were doing the annual burn off. We will definitely be back again! Th...
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Paradise - Lizard Island FNQ Part 1, 17 Jul 2019

IMG_3333-Medium Lizard Island Research Centre Lab Tour
Arriving at Lizard Island, we were blown away by the colour of the water; it is a brilliant turquoise colour. There's no wonder there were so many other boats when we anchored. We arrived just in time to head off across the island to the Research Station and Laboratory. Marlene and Paul of Thirsty Dog arranged a private tour; luckily we were able to tag along. One of the Directors Lyle Vail gave us a detailed explanation of the history of the res...
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Paradise - The creatures are getting bigger, Cooktown FNQ 13-16 Jul 2019

grouper-closeup-Medium The creatures are getting bigger!
It was perfect sailing as we headed into Cooktown. Cooktown is the final stop for Tess, Greta, and Lauren. It's been an absolute ball having them on board for 10 days and to be able to share our adventure with them. If any of our friends, family or co-workers would like to come onboard just let us know, you just need to work out how to reach us – good luck!! We saw our first croc on this voyage, which was a big tick for Lauren and Greta. We also ...
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Paradise - Fun & Frivolity at Hope Islands QLD 11-12 July 2019

IMG_2852 Living the life
Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – Hope Island is a little gem. Such a lovely place to relax and enjoy the water and sunset. There are loads of pelicans on the island, and I can see why all those little fish in the sea. The weather on our second day wasn't so great, so we ended up cooking, eating, and drinking. It was pie day for lunch, and sangria, Mexican and Abba party for dinner. Watch the part of the video where the conch turne...
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Paradise - Low Isles QLD 9 July 2019

IMG_2758 Amazing Batfish at Low Isles
The activity in the water at Low Isles was terrific. If the batfish could walk out of the water, I'm sure that they would have. The reef sharks didn't stop us from getting in and seeing what was under the water. This was our best location so far for snorkeling. Low Isles is very close to Port Douglas so definitely worth a trip if you go to Port Douglas, even if the weather is wet and cold. I couldn't get enough of those fish, and they couldn't ge...
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Paradise - Port Douglas & Mossman Gorge 7-8 July 2019

IMG_2730roated Dinner under the palm trees
Arriving at Port Douglas, we stayed at the Super Yacht Marina where all the boats were massive. Even though Paradise is a lovely size and very comfortable for us, Paradise seemed small in comparison. This video shows some of the highlights: 4 Mile Beach where the water was murky and the sand was wet, and there were a thousand people at the beach. It was obviously the place to be at Port Douglas. Apparently, the locals don't swim there due to the ...
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Paradise - "Captain Jack Sparrow" Adventure to Double Island, Palm Cove QLD, 5-6 July 2019

IMG_2518 Double Island Adventure
This colourful Polish guy, who calls himself "Captain Jack Sparrow", came over to Paradise and took us (well the other 5 brave ones) to his island/ abandoned resort he lives at. There was no way we were all going together; we may have never got back. John and I followed in our tender just in case….. This video blog shows our hilarious afternoon adventure and yet another unused resort in Queensland. It was a fun initiation for the Petzold's who ar...
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Food onboard Paradise

IMG_2280 Stuffed capsicum - Yum!
Continuing on our Lap of Australia on Paradise – Some people are curious about what we eat on the boat, so here is a short video of some of the meals we have prepared. We have been lucky to have access to fresh fruit and vegetable every couple of weeks, but it's going to get harder as we go further north. We haven't had to use powdered eggs yet but we have been looking out for where to buy them. Any tips would be appreciated. Check out our travel...
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Paradise - Fitzroy Island & Cairns, QLD 25-26 June 2019

IMG_2390 Cairns eateries on the water
Fitzroy Island is a popular destination for tourists, it's easy to get to from Cairns, and the turtles are abundant. We didn't see much live coral unless we weren't looking in the right spot? Sailing into Cairns was a breeze with the high winds. We are lucky to be escaping the winds for a week. It was a good opportunity to catch up with our pals from Cat-O-Gery and Reeflection and to get home for a few days to see our family.
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Paradise - Dunk Island & Mourilyan Harbour, QLD, 23-24 June 2019

IMG_2295 Deserted Dunk Island
Dunk Island was once a popular resort but now it sits in ruin since Cyclone Yasi. It's one of many resorts that have been abandoned over the last few years. From a distance, the resort looks as though it is still intact but when we got closer we could see the plants growing inside the rooms and the damage to the structure and roof. We got to meet our sailing friends Greg and Kerri again, who introduced us to Doug and Jeanette and caught up for Su...
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Paradise -Hinchinbrook & Goold Island QLD, 22nd June 2019

IMG_2243 Jurassic like Hinchinbrook
Sailing past Lucinda Jetty, it's the longest service jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. At 5.76 kilometers long, the jetty is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece with its length following the curved contour of the earth. Sugar takes 22 minutes to travel along the conveyor from the on-shore storage to the ship loader. Jurrasic like World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island is entirely uninhabited, only 40 adventurers are allowed on at any o...
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Paradise - Havannah and Orpheus Islands, QLD 20-21 June 2019

IMG_2213 Giant clams at Orpheus Island
  Continuing on our Lap of Australia - Havannah Island is one of the islands in the Great Palm Island group. I saw an advertisement that you can hire a helicopter at $780pp to land here and have your own private beach. John collected some rubbish that had landed on the beach, but there was more that we couldn't take. There are piles of dead coral on the beach, which makes for an exciting walk. We anchored for the night off Orpheus Island Res...
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