It is with mixed emotions that we move to the final stage of our 11 weeks cruise and the shared adventure with Greg and Ann over the past 12 days. In our last post the weather was deteriorating and we were unsure whether to stay put at Roydon Island or move onto Killiecrankie at the northern end of Flinders Island. After much hesitation we decided to “suck it and see” – and were rewarded with the calmest of passage along Cape Frankland that we have ever experienced. It looked grim and misty, and it rained a bit, but the sea was flat as a tack, and it was yet another different experience for all of us. We were brave and took the short cut through the Sentinels, a group of rocks that guard the entrance to Killiecrankie Bay.The scenery is quite stunning here: Mt Killiecrankie and the Old Man’s Head at one end and a sweeping beach ending at the settlement and the little natural harbour at the other end. There are a few fishing boat moorings hiding behind a rocky outcrop. Luckily for us, we caught up with Alan Wheatley, who for a small fee let us hook on to his mooring for two nights. It was very much needed as the westerly blow and swell would have made staying at anchor rather uncomfortable and exposed. It was rock and rolly enough on the mooring!
Today, as we post, we are underway, bound for Lakes Entrance on the Victorian coast. We have about a 120 mile passage across Bass Strait ahead of us and hope to reach The Entrance at dawn on Thursday. No rush to get back home though! We will eventually make our way home over the weekend. We have lined up our two hourly night watches for the overnighter. Greg and Ann will take one together, Wade and Chris will each take theirs. This too will be a big first for our friends, who already have enjoyed a range of new experiences. We are hoping for calm conditions, and there is a request for phosphorescence, a milky way and shooting stars.
We will post again in a couple of days once we have reached the safety of the Gippsland Lakes.
For now here is a gallery of our last days on Flinders Island with a fiery sunset to top things off.