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Hinchinbrook Island - The walk

Trip: Chillagoe Caves Expedition - 2006

Posted at: 2006-08-11 @ 12:16:35

14th of July
Today was the day we were to catch the ferry for the island. Lucky the heavy rain from the night before had stopped although the weather looked anything but good.

The ferry left from the marina at Cardwell, first stop was the eco tourist resort on the island and then into mangroves of Missionary Bay where we were dropped off onto a boardwalk.
From the drop off point we walked onto the beach at Ramsay Bay. No turning back now! The weather was still overcast but the humidity was on the rise.
With all the rain even the normally dry creeks were flowing and made getting water a snap.

(click photos to go to flick page)
Ramsay bay
Photo: Ramsay bay

Some of us dropped our packs and walked up Nina Peak. Nina peak is by no means the highest point on Hinchinbrook island but none the less the view is amazing!
View from nina peak
Photo: Looking towards Missionary Bay

View from nina peak
Photo: Looking towards Missionary Bay

View from nina peak
Photo: Looking towards Mt Bowen

View from nina peak
Photo: Looking towards Nina Bay

View from nina peak
Photo: Looking towards Boulder Bay

Once we got back to the track we walked to Nina bay for lunch on the beach.
From there we walked along the beaches and boulders which would be best described as a beach with huge rocks that you need to hop along.

The next major stop was Little Ramsay Bay which is where we were going to camp for the night.
Little Ramsay Bay - Camp site
Photo: Little Ramsay Bay

Little Ramsay Bay - Camp site
Photo: Little Ramsay camp site

Little Ramsay Bay - Camp site
Photo: Looking towards The Thumb

Little Ramsay Bay - Camp site
Photo: Little Ramsay camp site

It was an amazing spot and we were even able to go for a swim in one of the freshwater creeks just before it ran out into the ocean.
However, it was not long before the native rats and mice on the island appeared. Each camp site has a "rat box". No, it's not a box to put the rats in, but a box to put your food in to keep the rats away. The boxes are around 1.5 metres long and 50cm wide.
As we were eating dinner I had a couple of mice running under the log I was sitting on only a little time after dark.
One group had 2 holes eaten in their tent, another forgot to hang his pack up and they ate a hole in the zipper and someone left a chocolate bar in their pants pocket from a walk a couple of months ago, the pants had since been washed however the rats found it and put a hole in the pants to get to the pocket.

We spent the rest of the evening sitting on the beach in the dark listening to the tide coming in and watching the lights of the fishing boats out to sea.





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