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Marion Reef … Coral Sea

robin jeffries

Getting under Marion’s skirt. Marion Reef is 400km east of the Whitsunday coast, its 40km long by 20km wide, dominated by a deep lagoon and surrounded by very clear waters. It is a perfect horseshoe shape with three barren sand cays that help to provide shelter from the persistent SE trade winds. The trip can…

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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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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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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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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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Flinders Reefs Coral Sea — posted April 2016

                     Flinders Reefs Flinders reefs  may be in the Coral Sea but are still easily reached by most cruising vessels. Seventy nautical miles North East of Townsville gets you to a protected anchorage tucked away within Myrmidon Reef.  Then you leave the protection of the GBR and…

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Diamond islets — Coral Sea — posted March 2016

Who wouldn’t like to cruise to a group of deserted Coral Sea Islands without leaving the comfort of Australian waters? In the spring of 2013 we spent 18 days on our 14m cat visiting the four pristine Diamond Islets, located 500 kilometres north east of Townsville. Below is our account that was published in Australian…

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