Just when we thought we’d be in Mackay a week ago, a change of weather lead us to alter our plan and continue our island hopping explorations a little longer. We are taking you to two lovely islands: Curlew and Digby Islands, just northwest of the Percy’s.
The appeal of both islands is that you can enjoy some scrambles up steep hills for beautiful views, exercise and internet coverage! Still no coral for snorkeling, but plenty to do with bush walks and beach combing.
Curlew Island is a handy destination with multiple anchorages for different wind directions. Just as well since we initially spend a couple of days sheltering from a SW blow, then leave for Digby Island, only to return to Curlew for a bout of northerly breeze!
While at Curlew, we have a visit from Asteroid, a trimaran whose owner Graeme and friend Neville have been following our adventures for a while. It is always nice to meet in person people who share our love of cruising!
On our second visit to Curlew we end up in different bays to shelter from northerlies. We scavenge ashore, find a near new fishing lure, a crate for our dive gear and some floatsome to make a sign with our boat’s name for the Percy Island A frame hut on our return visit later this year.
Digby is an interesting spot with a sandy beach and a triangle of islets providing some extra protection. It is as if you were in a lagoon. We are particularly lucky to enjoy this anchorage in light conditions, as it is apparently diabolical when the wind is stronger and the swell builds up, probably made worse by the current flowing between the islands.
The views from the top are panoramic and we manage to get internet and phone coverage for a brief catch up with friends.
As for the beach, it is a treasure trove for scavenging, since some poor trawler was wrecked there recently with all sorts of debris scattered along the rocks.
Bengie has mixed feelings about Digby Island… she took another dive from the dinghy. She has not learnt her lesson, either that or she likes to jump in for a swim!
We made our way to Mackay on Friday 24 August, to replenish our supplies, do a few chores and be wallies at the showers while we are in the marina for two or three days. It is also a good opportunity to catch up with Mick and Lyn, owners of Medina, our previous catamaran!