The Percy Islands are well and truly off the beaten track. Free of tourists but open to travellers and adventurers, the Percy Island group is only ever visited by intrepid cruising sailors. As far as conservation goes, critically endangered littoral rainforests, marine turtles nesting beaches, rare and endemic plants, and a geological landscape unique within the Great Barrier Reef, a great place to make a difference. We will be controlling invasive weeds such as prickly pear and lantana, removing marine debris from turtle nesting beaches, and recording the seabirds that inhabit the area. Of course there will be plenty of time to explore this unique environment, snorkelling over pristine coral reefs, visiting lighthouses and bushwalking across the islands. Naturally, we will have some travelling to do as we venture to and amongst the islands that form the Percy Group. From our home-port in Mackay we will be travelling 70 nautical miles (about 125km) south to the Percy Islands. Wind depending, the crew will need some help to get the sails up and trimmed on the Wildcat.
Percy Islands Conservation
May 22 - May 27$695
From stepping on board The Wild Cat at Mackay Marina to stepping off again 6 days later we’ll take care of the catering, supply camping equipment, working equipment and snorkelling gear.
Where do we meet?
Mackay Marina Village Shipyard
Mackay Harbour, QLD 4740
What time do we meet and when do we return?
Start date: Monday 22/05/17 at 6:30am
End date: Saturday 27/05/17 approx. 5:00pm
- The chance to watch the sunrise over the coral sea
- A hearty breakfast before starting the day’s project
- Removing weeds from otherwise pristine beaches and collecting marine debris from marine turtle nesting beaches
- A relaxing lunch overlooking the vista of the Percy Isles
- A guided bushwalk in the afternoon learning about the unique flora of the islands
The following equipment items are essential to ensure your safety, comfort and enjoyment of the program.
- 1 large backpack – better than a suitcase as you will be required to carry your luggage at times
- 1 small backpack for daytime activities
- Sleeping bag
- 1 or more pairs of long working trousers – to protect against scratches from plants, mosquito bites and the sun
- 1 or more working shirts – old t-shirt or shirt. A collar will prevent your neck getting sunburnt
- 1 or more long sleeved shirts – to protect for scratches from plants, mosquito bites and the sun
- 1 or more shorts
- Wet weather clothing. Preferably lightweight
- Warm clothes – it can get cold at night. A fleece, wind stopper or sweater is ideal
- 1 pair of walking boots, trainers or sneakers (strong soles)
- 1 pair of CLOSED shoes with strong soles that can get wet. (sneakers or reef shoes made out of wetsuit material, available at stores such as K-Mart or BigW for approx $20, high ankles are best)
- 1 pair of sandals, thongs or flip-flops
- Personal medication & toiletries. Sunscreen (highest protection factor) and insect repellent– preferably biodegradable
- Hat – wide brimmed for plenty of shade
- Personal drink bottle – total minimum 2 litres
- Torch and spare batteries – head torch preferable
- Bring plenty of casual clothing t-shirts, tops, shorts, socks, underwear and anything else you may need for the week
- Camera and spare batteries
- 1 Small Pillow / Pillow case to put jumper in
- Binoculars – optional to spot wildlife
- Things for free time – book, deck of card, games, music
Important note: Bring any personal medication and medical equipment, as there is no access to pharmacies on the Island
- Snorkelling over unique coral reef systems
- Visits to lighthouses that have guided mariners for decades (weather dependent)
- The famed ‘A Frame’ on Middle Percy that still houses decades of cruising sailing memorabilia
- Meeting some intrepid islanders
- Trekking across islands which rarely see a visitor
Can be hot hard work, but there’s plenty of shade to shelter under and stunning scenery to relax the eyes.
Beach camping and maybe on deck as well. Basic but comfortable.
Explore above and below the water on this stunning remote Great Barrier Reef Island.
Crystal blue waters, pristine reefs, white sand beaches. This is an island conservation adventure like you’ve never experienced before.