Friday, 2 July 2021

Sailing in Crocodile Country - Hinchinbrook Island

 


Watch the video HERE

We've just published our latest video where we spend a week deep in crocodile country as we sheltered from a strong weather system whipping up big winds and high seas right along the Australian East Coast. We were very well protected in the waters of the Hinchinbrook Channel running between the World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island and the mangroves of the mainland.



Surrounded by its pristine wilderness, we may have been safe from the weather but protecting ourselves from the mosquitos, midges and other winged aggressors was another thing. We were also ever mindful of the very real threat posed by the large numbers of huge crocodiles surrounding us.




We visited rock fish traps constructed hundreds of years ago by the area’s indigenous people and marvelled at how they thrived in such a hostile environment. We hope you can have a look.







Friday, 18 June 2021

A Day in the life of a Cruising Couple – Hinchinbrook Island - Ep 23

 


In this episode of Dreamtime Sail on YouTube, we do all the important stuff in sailing cruisers lives. We leave a beautiful anchorage at Orpheus Island, catch fish, clean fish, enjoy a fantastic downwind sail, pass closely by the 6 kilometre long, Lucinda Jetty and into the Hinchinbrook Channel, catch more fish, clean more fish, anchor up, fix broken stuff on the boat, have friends on board for sundowner drinks, and share the fish we caught for dinner. Just a typical day aboard Our Dreamtime really.

And in Our Galley Karen shows an easy option for serving dinner for six in the cockpit.

Click on the image above or HERE to see the full Episode




Wednesday, 9 June 2021

We sailed to an island of giant clams

We sailed 'Our Dreamtime' north from Townsville to Orpheus Island and witnessed one of the Great Barrier Reef's most amazing sights when hundreds of giant clams squirt high in the air as the tide recedes. This is a short clip from the 'Dreamtime Sail' Episode we've just posted on YouTube.



Moored in crystal clear waters beside a very exclusive resort, (read expensive), we enjoyed the glorious beaches, underwater delights and spectacular sunsets FREE. That’s the cruising life for you.
In the 'Our Galley' segment, Karen shows how to whip up an easy to make but very tasty Pad Thai. Hope you can click across and check it all out. Cheers!

See more clam footage in the full video here and let us know what you think of the island in the comments.

A Coral Garden of Giant Clams - Orpheus Island - Episode 22 - YouTube

Friday, 21 May 2021

A Place Too Cool to Have Winter – Exploring Townsville - Episode 21

 


After a great stay at Magnetic Island, we sail across Cleveland Bay to spend a week in Breakwater Marina exploring Townsville, a city too cool to bother with having winter. The early August weather in this tropical city is glorious as we take a walking tour of beautifully preserved colonial buildings and discover a treasure trove of history in the Maritime Museum including a brilliant exhibition about the wreck of the SS Yongala which foundered in a cyclone off Cape Bowling Green in 1911. We stretch our legs in the sunshine along the Strand and enjoy the quirky installation art, beautiful parklands, golden beaches and military history of Kissing Point. New friends take us up to the summit of Castle Hill for a spectacular sunset.

In Our Galley Karen shows a quick and easy way to bake tasty fresh bread on board.

Watch the video HERE


Saturday, 15 May 2021

The Dreamtime Sail Team receive Life Changing News.

 


Watch our video for the full story - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK0VANlN500

A lot has been happening for the Dreamtime Sail crew since we returned from tropical North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef to safely sit out the cyclone season in Brisbane. This includes launching then abandoning our container house project which has raised a lot of questions from friends and followers. Like many YouTube Channels, there’s a considerable delay between when we live our sailing adventures and they appear on screen. However, in the video we've just posted we bring you an up to the minute update on what’s been going on in our world and an unexpected challenge we’re facing. Rob has been diagnosed with cancer. He will be undergoing surgery next month and then face an extended period of recovery and further treatment. Sadly it will prevent us heading back to the reef and islands this year but while it may delay us, we will not let this thing end our sailing dreams. Please click across to the video to see the full story. We’d like to say a huge thank you for all the support we have received from our family, friends and fellow cruisers. In particular a huge thankyou goes out to all the members of the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club who have done so much to raise funds for Prostate Research and Support Services.

Whales, Wind, Waves and a Galley Disaster Averted.


Sailing Cape Upstart to Magnetic Island
We use every sail on board in tricky wind conditions heading north from Cape Upstart and along the way some friendly whales put on a great show for us. We usually bypass Cape Bowling Green due to its rolly reputation but with a reasonable weather forecast we decided to anchor for the night. But of course, the forecast proves to be wrong and we have a very lumpy time on anchor then a rough sail to Magnetic Island.
And just to cap things off, Karen saves the day with great meal totally out of the pantry after a disaster in Our Galley

We Sail to a Stunning Mainland National Park only reached by Sea

 



In our latest video, https://youtu.be/i_yyWulVFlI
After 10 glorious days at gorgeous Cape Gloucester and Shag Islet, we sail north to Cape Upstart. Although on the mainland, this magnificent National Park area has no road access and can only be reached by sea. Featuring numerous small bays with magnificent sand beaches, the anchorage is well sheltered from prevailing winds. There are a few holiday shacks and homes at the Cape and we even picked out where we want ours to be. We happily wiled away a few days strolling the sand and eating huge fresh oysters off the stunning granite boulders lining the shore. Take a look at this rarely seen piece of Australia.



In the Our Galley, Karen shows how to bake a scrumptious apple and cinnamon cake. Guaranteed to get the taste buds going.


Please enjoy our video. Cheers!