Whitsundays

GPS Track by David Fisher

What a great trip.       

Raewyn and Neil, Shaan, Mike, Guy and myself circumnavigated Whitsunday and Hook Islands departing from Shute Harbour in August 2010.      

I’ve inserted my gps track so you can see the path that we took in the trip.   I’ve also included a couple of side trips, like the circumnavigation of Haslewood Island and the walks up Hill Inlet lookout and Whitsunday Cairn (in blue).  The daily kayaking distances were very chillaxed, ranging from none to 24 km.  

Day From To Distance
Sunday Shute Harbour North Molle 8
Monday North Molle Henning 16
Tuesday Henning Whitehaven 21
Wednesday Haslewood circumnavigation 22
Thursday Whitehaven Peter Bay 19
Friday Peter Bay Hook Is Resort 9
Saturday Hook Is Resort Maureen Cove 18
Sunday Snorkling    
Monday Snorkling    
Tuesday Maureen Cove Curlew 21
Wednesday Curlew South Molle 24
Thursday South Molle Shute Harbour 7
       
    Total trip kilometres 163

Highpoints      

  • The wildlife seen from the kayaks and snorkeling – turtles, whales, rays, colourful fish and coral.
  • The scenery was excellent.  Nice beaches – some sand, some coral.
  • New experiences for all of us around every corner.  None of us had been there before.
  • A day of headwinds was hard yakka but rewarding as we plugged south to Henning Island
  • A day of following winds as I carved up the waves heading north to Maureen Cove
  • The chilled out pace of the trip meant we all could soak up some downtime from our usual lives. 
  • And we could blow off some energy paddling too.
  • I also really enjoyed my food – preparing, eating and sharing it.

Food

David with pizza
 

I decided early on to take my Outback Oven so I then spent a lot of time planning a menu to ensure that I utilised the oven on the trip rather than only use it once or twice.  We had a number of planned non-paddling days so I thought I’d get plenty of time for baking.  At first, the planned oven baking efforts focussed on desserts but I tried to come up with a few main course options too.  By the time I’d decided on my menu, my baking meals were: 

  1. a loaf of bread with pumpkin soup
  2. another loaf bread for the hell of it
  3. shepherds pie
  4. pizza with the pizza base made from scratch
  5. triple choc muffins – 2 batches
  6. rich choc muffins – 1 batch
  7. biscuits for morning tea one day
  8. sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce

David about to tuck into fresh bread and pumpkin soup (Photo by Guy)

Then there was the pièce de résistance dessert, chocolate fondue and, again, I made it from scratch – cream and chocolate heated together with fresh rock melon, bananas, dried apple and marshmallows dipped in.        

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4 responses to “Whitsundays

  1. i was looking for a sea-kayaking site but all i found was masterchef !!!

  2. All these years and you had me convinced that you could not cook!!!!

  3. Hi – great blog – great adventure! A couple of questions 1) How much water did you carry? 2) Did you encounter much fresh water in streams that one could filter and use? 3) Was there a reason you chose to travel in a clockwise direction?

    Thanks
    Scott

  4. Hi Scott

    There is pretty much no reliable water in the Whitsundays. We carried all we figured we would need and had a resupply from Salty Dog half way through the trip. Yachts are another source of water but best their presence is not guaranteed, nor their willingness to give you any water, so best left for emergencies.

    Regards
    David

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