Explore, dive, photograph, fish, kite surf and decompress on Australia's remote northern Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea

By Robin Jeffries

Explore, dive, photograph, fish, kite surf and decompress on Australia's remote northern Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea

By Robin Jeffries

Explore, dive, photograph, fish, kite surf and decompress on Australia's remote northern Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea

By Robin Jeffries

Explore, dive, photograph, fish, kite surf and decompress on Australia's remote northern Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea

By Robin Jeffries

Destinations

Blogged stories of our cruising 

Tips for cruising around Coral

Boating in coral reefs...

Boats and Bits

Mucking around on boats...

Diving

Snorkelling, free diving, scuba diving...

Photography

Underwater and topside photography

Fishing

Catching a feed...

Coral reef life.

Theres amazing life forms everywhere.

Kite Surfing

Let's go fly a kite...

Cruising Naked

Free in the tropics...

A Woman's World

Mermaids live forever...

Environment

Whose damn rubbish..

Products we recommend

Reliable products we love.

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Our 2016 PNG expedition –September to mid December.

  We are just leaving on our spring 2016 cruise to the Milne Province of PNG which is about 1000km northeast of Cairns Australia. We will be soon immersed in a very different culture visiting many small villages scattered among the hundreds of small coral islands of the Louisiade Archipelago. Our boat is chock full…

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Magdelaine Cays –Coral Sea –posted August 2016

Magdelaine Cays are a pristine, untouched wilderness. We soaked it all up during 12 days of sensational exploring. Magdelaine North turtle graveyard. We arrived early December 2013 and carefully picked our way thru shallow coral heads to a well-protected anchorage about 300m behind a strip of smooth sand. It looked peaceful, but on landing, a…

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Daru PNG West province charity cruise -posted july

   Was Daru and PNG’s Western Province a basket case? The area was often described as lawless, poverty-stricken and disease-ridden, where corruption was both normal and pretty much essential. In 2012 major flooding had destroyed many of the coastal villages food supplies. There was no better time for us to both help out and to see the…

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Willis Islets — Coral Sea — posted June 2016

       Willis Islets — South Willis Island weather station We dropped anchor behind a small coral islet with a strange looking building perched on the top of its six-metre high peak. I thought it would feel weird seeing civilisation out here, but every map of the coral sea shows the Willis Island manned weather station,…

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Coringa Islets — Coral Sea–posted June 2016

Coringa Islets are comprised of Chillcott and South West Islets and are part of the large nature reserve(green zone) that also take in the  Heralds and Magdelaine Cays. They are  50nm east from the Heralds Cays, 70nm west from the Diamonds islets, 45 nm south from Willis and the Magdelaine Cays. It feels like nowhere…

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Sylvie Wallbanger–posted june 2016

I recently gave my partner Syl an Aussie knick name after she banged on the side of a boat at our marina for 5 minutes in an attempt to rouse it’s occupant and tell them. “  Your music is too loud …my baby can’t sleep (that was me).” When nobody presented themselves, next step was…

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Herald cays — Coral Sea — posted June 2016

                         Herald Cays The Herald Cays are a 200nm cruise eastward into the Coral Sea from both Townsville and Cairns and are a nature paradise. Traveling at eight knots from Townsville we reached them with nightly stopovers at Myrmidon and Flinders Reefs. No need…

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Lockhart River for cruising boaties – posted May 2016

We enjoy visiting Lockhart River, a coastal Aboriginal community on the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula. It is an important supply stopover for us when cruising to the top and back, or when we are just poking around diving and exploring the northeast fringes. Lockhart River is also the name of a river located…

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On the sand in the blue – Lockhart River to Cape Melville-posted May 2016

                         Nothing beats being on our own little sand patch in the middle of the ocean. And there is no better place to experience these beautiful natural places than the area between Cape Melville and Lockhart River. -A veritable smorgasbord of sand cays, sand…

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Alone on the Great Barrier Reef – Cruise/dive Townsville -posted May 2016

                  An occasional solo trip gave me the taste for alone time in the middle of nowhere. But as I stood on the back step of Flash Dancer kitted up with scuba gear and stared out at the stormy sky and the black deserted ocean I wondered…

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Osprey Reef Coral Sea — posted May 2016

Our 2015 spring cruise second leg was a 100nm night cruise from Bougainville Reef to Osprey Reef. Dive charters have put Osprey Reef in the spotlight, especially the North Horn dive site with its famous shark-feeding spectacle. We were more interested in the large lagoon, though, and planned to make it our home base for…

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Bougainville Reef Coral Sea — posted May 2016

On our 2015 spring cruise from Cairns to Cape York, we took in a slight detour to several nearby Coral Sea atolls, beginning at Bougainville Reef. We waited for a good- weather window before heading 215km north- east of Cairns to a  speck on our chart. Bougainville Reef is a 4km-long, oval atoll formed thousands…

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Source: Google Earth

Our playground in Australia - the Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef and beyond...

Onboard our catamaran Flashdance we explore the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia.  Our destination posts include useful information for cruising and enjoying this beautiful natural playground.

Click the FNQ ( far north Queensland) map to get a bigger view of our playground.

Our 2016 PNG expedition –September to mid December.

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  We are just leaving on our spring 2016 cruise to the Milne Province of PNG which is about 1000km northeast of Cairns Australia. We will be soon immersed in a very different culture visiting many small villages scattered among the hundreds of small coral islands of the Louisiade Archipelago. Our boat is chock full…

Magdelaine Cays –Coral Sea –posted August 2016

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Magdelaine Cays are a pristine, untouched wilderness. We soaked it all up during 12 days of sensational exploring. Magdelaine North turtle graveyard. We arrived early December 2013 and carefully picked our way thru shallow coral heads to a well-protected anchorage about 300m behind a strip of smooth sand. It looked peaceful, but on landing, a…

Daru PNG West province charity cruise -posted july

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   Was Daru and PNG’s Western Province a basket case? The area was often described as lawless, poverty-stricken and disease-ridden, where corruption was both normal and pretty much essential. In 2012 major flooding had destroyed many of the coastal villages food supplies. There was no better time for us to both help out and to see the…

Willis Islets — Coral Sea — posted June 2016

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       Willis Islets — South Willis Island weather station We dropped anchor behind a small coral islet with a strange looking building perched on the top of its six-metre high peak. I thought it would feel weird seeing civilisation out here, but every map of the coral sea shows the Willis Island manned weather station,…

Coringa Islets — Coral Sea–posted June 2016

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Coringa Islets are comprised of Chillcott and South West Islets and are part of the large nature reserve(green zone) that also take in the  Heralds and Magdelaine Cays. They are  50nm east from the Heralds Cays, 70nm west from the Diamonds islets, 45 nm south from Willis and the Magdelaine Cays. It feels like nowhere…

Herald cays — Coral Sea — posted June 2016

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                         Herald Cays The Herald Cays are a 200nm cruise eastward into the Coral Sea from both Townsville and Cairns and are a nature paradise. Traveling at eight knots from Townsville we reached them with nightly stopovers at Myrmidon and Flinders Reefs. No need…

Lockhart River for cruising boaties – posted May 2016

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We enjoy visiting Lockhart River, a coastal Aboriginal community on the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula. It is an important supply stopover for us when cruising to the top and back, or when we are just poking around diving and exploring the northeast fringes. Lockhart River is also the name of a river located…

On the sand in the blue – Lockhart River to Cape Melville-posted May 2016

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                         Nothing beats being on our own little sand patch in the middle of the ocean. And there is no better place to experience these beautiful natural places than the area between Cape Melville and Lockhart River. -A veritable smorgasbord of sand cays, sand…

Alone on the Great Barrier Reef – Cruise/dive Townsville -posted May 2016

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                  An occasional solo trip gave me the taste for alone time in the middle of nowhere. But as I stood on the back step of Flash Dancer kitted up with scuba gear and stared out at the stormy sky and the black deserted ocean I wondered…

Osprey Reef Coral Sea — posted May 2016

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Our 2015 spring cruise second leg was a 100nm night cruise from Bougainville Reef to Osprey Reef. Dive charters have put Osprey Reef in the spotlight, especially the North Horn dive site with its famous shark-feeding spectacle. We were more interested in the large lagoon, though, and planned to make it our home base for…

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