Our first stop after leaving Airlie on Saturday was Nara Inlet, Hook island. It was just a short sail over and we arrived around 3.30pm.
After finding the marker, we entered the inlet and immediately felt calm against the wind and swell. Stunning Nara Inlet stretches nearly 2 nautical miles and is protected by soaring cliffs either side, which offer excellent protection against nearly all wind direction.
We found a great spot to anchor and decided to go ashore to visit the Ngaro Aboriginal Cultural Site, which takes you to a a rock shelter containing Ngaro art work. The walk has interactive audio stories told by elders who were originally from the area. Walking up 170m of stairs, we made our way through a lovely walk to lookouts and to the caves where we saw the art work. Along the way, we learned about the history of the area and the displacement of the Ngaro people. The path had been recently cleared as the sides of the walk were thick with fallen trees from the cyclone.
One bit of info I found interesting – Nara inlet was originally called Shark Bay due to it being a breeding ground for Hammerhead sharks (yikes! – no swimming for us).
After our walk we took the dinghy further up to the very end of the inlet, where we found an old boat washed up – another victim of Cyclone Debbie.
Next morning we left to continue on around Hook island to our next spot – Langford Island and reef. Langford Island is a small island which has a beach extending out one side at low tide. This slowly disappears as the tide comes in. We picked up a mooring and headed over to explore. Such a gorgeous spot with some excellent snorkelling. From Langford, you can see Hayman island to the north, which is currently closed until June 2018 due to damage from the cyclone.
After a snorkel and walk on the beach, we headed over to Stonehaven Anchorage on the western side of Hook island. Straight across from Langford reef, so we arrived and anchored. The arvo was warm and sunny, so we went to the rocky bay on the southern side of Anchor Point. The kids wanted to climb the huge gorge set back in the side of the hill. Huge boulders, the size of cars stood stacked. We climbed a little, and at first, heard the water trickling. We climbed further and eventually found a waterfall! Even after a very dry week, it was still flowing with fresh water. Mark, the kids and I all had an amazing fresh water shower. Cleo was so impressed, she mentioned that we could, “live here forever!” Yep, nice idea! We have just been so amazed at each new place. I have thought, ‘how can there be anywhere better than this’, and then just around the corner, the natural beauty of this area shows.
To top the arvo off, Cleo caught her first fish – a red throat emperor, which was just a bit small. Beautiful fish and high levels of squealing from Cleo!