Our home port of Mackay received torrential rainfall on Sunday, impenetrable curtains of rain that can only occur in the tropics so our departure on Monday morning was slightly delayed as we loaded the plethora of stores and equipment needed for our first adventure of 2016.
We were however fortunate with sea conditions as a moderate swell and fresh breeze pushed us northwards towards our first anchorage at Roylen Bay on the northern shores of Goldsmith Island. The team immediately embarked on our first task of the trip, removal of marine debris at Stingray Bay – a long standing item on our job list. Once almost waist deep in plastic debris this bay is almost cleared of rubbish, thanks also to our terrific friends at Eco-Barge. Second job was to assess the condition of Goldsmith Island after a prescribed ecological burn conducted by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service last year. The island is looking terrific with n flush of fresh green growth, and small reptiles are now abundant.
A cooling swim in crystal clear waters, and a cool drink at sunset finished off our first day. Now just after dawn, we are planning on heading north once again to Shaw Island in the southern waters of the Whitsunday Islands.