back-updated from day 54 to day 61 – day 62-64 tomorrow!!!
17.40 146.10 Hutchinson Island
55 km only, as there are only 3 days left to Cairns and this island is beautifully inviting. Making 2 days out of the three is simply too much. Although it’s the best paddling weather, low to moderate wind, low seas, warm, tide pushing or not…
And if I’m pushing myself again after landing at 3.30pm and some island inspection, body wash and gear care to switch on the computer for updates, then I can do it as well on an remote paradise island…
But actually, I’m sweating in my tent like hell now, sitting outside in the sun is not much worth either and not bug-free. Sitting position is moderate comfartable either, so maybe I should have pushed on and paddled to Cairns in 2 1/2 days and rather updating in a climated room on a desk with a chair… 🙂
These offshore islands are mostly built all the same: rocky all around, with a reef which is exposed at low tide, green lush jungle-like bush on top, about 50-100 m high. And they mostly all have at least one sand spit like the red (yellow) carpet rolled out, mostly on the northern side, easy to enter! Quite steep sand, mixed with more or less coral. Few sea shells to pick 🙁
And they all have the compulsory National Park sign on the most easy accessible point, which tells you what you where you are (in case you are shipwrecked and stranded…) and what you are allowed to do there or not. Camping is sometimes officially allowed, sometimes not. No fires, no dogs always.