November 22, 2010
We spent a week at Low Isles, had some beautiful weather and some not so beautiful weather. We spent the good days having a dive, snorkeling, people watching the day trippers on the several tour boats that came out every day or just walking around the island looking for interesting things.
During the week we were there we caught up with some friends that we had met at other destinations and made some new friends, Bob and Jan on Charisma. They allowed the boys to play around in their tender and so the boys towed each other around in the kayak when it was calm enough. (see video)
Everyone had finished school for the year except Mahnie who was on her final days of assignments and exams so we thought this would be a comfortable place to sit while she finished up
The rangers at the Research Station helped us out by giving the boys jobs like raking the paths, recording and reporting the weather to Cairns Bureau of Meteorology, rescuing sick or injured animals and whatever else they could find for them to do.
Towards the end of the week, the reports were for another big blow coming and so we thought it best to leave as food supplies were running low again and we had exhausted every avenue of things to do here.
So on Monday 22nd November we pulled up the anchor one last time for this journey and set sails towards Port Douglas.
We left at dawn and after 1 ½ hours we entered the Dickson Inlet at the entrance to the Port Douglas Marina. We started this journey on the 15th January and after 10 months of sailing south to the Whitsundays and then briefly calling in to Port Douglas for more supplies we then continued on north to Lizard Island where we spent nearly 3 months.
We have had many amazing experiences, some a little scary for me, met so many interesting people that have made an impact on our lives and seen some parts of the coastline and offshore islands and reef that we had been to before or even heard of.
We are now destined to life on the land for a few years while the kids finish high school. Sadly we will put Auspray on the market as we have outgrown her and the next time we get the freedom to do something like this again, the kids probably won’t be with us.
To all our readers who have shared this journey with us we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Auspray Crew signing off for the last time….
P.S. There are a few videos that I wasn’t able to download while I was at sea so I will attach them ramdomly in the video link