A Day of Island Hopping

CATEGORIES: BOATING , CAMPING , RESEARCH TRIPS | By: Emma Colfelt

There are several islands close to the mainland that just have campsites - no resorts or walking trails. We set out to to explore a few of these in one day with quick visits (10-15 minutes each). We didn’t even anchor the boat – it was easiest for one of us to stay with the boat, holding her on the beach whilst the other wandered around, then swapping over. Here's a rundown of what we

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Scaling Whitsunday Peak

CATEGORIES: CAMPING , RESEARCH TRIPS , WALKING | By: Anthony Colfelt

One of the more challenging walks on the islands is the climb up to Whitsunday Peak on Whitsunday Island. From Dugong Beach, there is a track that winds its way along the coast to Sawmill Beach, offering glimpses of azure water through the trees.This is the easy part, for after pausing at Sawmill Beach to check out some rusty remnants of the old sawmill, you will start your ascent to the

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Anchoring a Small Boat While Camping Onshore

CATEGORIES: BOATING , CAMPING , RESEARCH TRIPS | By: Anthony Colfelt

One of the things to consider when camping in the Whitsundays is what to do with the runabout while ashore for extended periods. You can't anchor the boat out where it’s deep and take a tender (small dinghy) ashore and drag or carry it up the beach. A 16ft old fibreglass half-cabin with a 75hp outboard doesn’t get dragged or carried anywhere unless it’s on a trailer. It’s also not really

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Lightening the Load – Creating an Island Camping Kit

CATEGORIES: CAMPING | By: Emma Colfelt

Different types of camping require different camping 'kits' or sets of gear. This will depend on the method of transport, the length of the stay and the level of comfort you seek. For example ‘one night stand’ camping ie. travelling by car and driving to a new campsite each day, will require a different kit than longer term camping on the mainland or that of 2-4 island camping trips,

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