Sailing to the top of Australia – Sailing Australia Ep.55

Sailing to the top of Australia – Sailing Australia Ep.55

We’re continuing our journey up to the
northern most tip of Australia, exploring the beautiful waters of the Great
Barrier Reef. This is Lizard Island, it’s inside the
Great Barrier Reef, about 50 miles north of Cooktown. We’re following in
Captain Cook’s footsteps, this is where he came looking for a gap to get out
through the Great Barrier Reef and back out to sea. He climbed up this hill and
had a look out from the top of here and that’s where he saw the passage that would
enable him to escape the Great Barrier Reef. Look over there. Well it is lizard island. The grasshoppers here are huge they’re
at least two or two and a half inches long. Amazing view from up here, you can see
the passage that Cook and his men left from and we’d love to get out to the
Great Barrier Reef or the outer reef out there but it’s blowing 25 knots now so
it’s not going to be particular comfortable to be either on a mooring or
anchored out there. With the boisterous trade winds
preventing us from exploring the outer reef we decided to take a look at the
reef by Florence. Lizard Island is not far from the outer reef and under the
water we found a vibrant colourful landscape, so good that we explored until
we were shivering and then returned again and again during our stay here. Lizard island is a good compromise
between the exposed outer reef where it’s uncomfortable to anchor and the
mainland shore were we can’t usually swim because of crocodiles. Here we have a
comfortable Anchorage and safe swimming yet are still close enough to the outer
reef to see some amazing reef life. These green sea turtles eat sea grass
and algae from the reef. This is a young turtle, you can tell how healthy they are by how fat their necks are, the fatter the better. These giant clams can live to over 100
years old and can weigh 200 kilos. There are so many of them here that we lost
count. It’s great to see such a healthy section of the reef. It’s been really great to spend time on
such a healthy reef with so much healthy coral and such giant clams. From the few
bits of the Great Barrier Reef that we have seen its health does seem really
patchy. Lizard island hosts a research station for the Great Barrier Reef where
they’re working to understand more about the reef and how we can protect it for
the future. We hope that the reef will be protected and we’ll be able to
revisit it some point in the future and it’ll be as good or if not better than
it is now. Thanks to our patrons donations we’ve recently been able to
upgrade our old underwater camera to the latest GoPro and we’ve just been looking
through the footage from here at Lizard Island on the reef which you’ve just seen
and even on our small 14-inch laptop screen it looks so much better than what
we had before. We’d be really interested to know how much better it looks if
those of you who are watching on a large screen at home. Yeah we’re really excited
about using this camera more in the future so thank you very much to our
patrons. So Captain Cook found the pass that enabled him to go outside the Great
Barrier Reef we’re not going that way we’re gonna carry on inside the Great
Barrier Reef all the way up to the top of Cape York where we will finally depart
from Australia and head to Indonesia. It’s the middle of the night we’ve just woken
up to set off to sail up the coast. It’s better to leave this anchorage in the
dark than arriving the next one in the dark so it means a one o’clock get up
and departure time Well that went pretty smoothly getting
the anchor up in the dark and getting out of the Anchorage without hitting any
of the other boats, we’ve got about 20 knots out here. Thankfully the water is pretty
sheltered inside the Great Barrier Reef and we are on our way. From Lizard Island to
Thursday Island is 370 miles of sailing sandwiched between the reef and the
coastline.There are enough places to stop that we can mostly just sail during
the day and then anchor at night to sleep, which is much more pleasant than
having to do night watches. It was pretty windy last night when we set
off so we only needed to put the headset up, in fact we had two reefs in
that and we were flying along in 26 knots of wind. It’s eased off, it’s
beautiful now we just unrolled the rest of the head sail and it’s fantastic
sailing. These are perfect sailing conditions. It’s amazing sailing up this coast, we’ve
got the normal trade wind conditions; puffy white clouds, blue skies, 15 to
20 knots of wind, but we haven’t got the waves that normally come with that
because we’re sheltered behind the Great Barrier Reef. So we’ve got perfect wind
and flat seas; it doesn’t get any better than this. The Great Barrier Reef up this section
of coast is split into tonnes of smaller reefs which we’ve got to avoid but it’s
really easy because the charts are so good around here and there’s even a
shipping lane which we’re following most of the time. We’re only probably seeing
about two ships a day so it’s no problem. Not like the English Channel. No definitely not like the English Channel. It seems strange to be sailing up to our
final destination in Australia, Thursday Island.
Yeah Australia has been the country that we’ve stayed in the longest of any of
our time since we left England. It’s hard to believe we’ve actually been here for
nearly nine months now. We’ve really enjoyed our time here. Here are just a
few of our highlights from our time in Australia. They really know how to do
beaches here. For us the star of the show has to be
the wildlife though, from duckbill platypus to the cassowary, the world’s
most dangerous bird. We cannot believe how much wildlife we saw just wandering
through beaches and bush. Sailing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge was
one of our bucket list items when we set off. It’s difficult to describe the
emotions we felt when we achieved it after two oceans and two and a half years of sailing. This is Cape York, the northernmost point
of mainland Australia, we have come a long way, since Sydney. We’ve not got that much further to
go in Australia now, we’re just going to head out to some islands in the Torres
Strait where we can check out and then it’s on to Indonesia. Well here we are, Thursday Island where
we finally check out of Australia. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone
in the Australia who’s been so welcoming and friendly towards us. We have never
had so many offers to lend us a car, take us out for dinner, or cook us dinner, let
us use the shower or their washing machine. Yeah when we’re in New Zealand
Kiwis warned us that Australians weren’t so friendly but they were definitely
wrong. Next time we head to Indonesia, a new
country, a new continent and new culture, we are very excited. This video comes
with special thanks to our star patrons. We want to say a huge thank you to
everyone who supports us, we hope you’re enjoying seeing the improvement of you
have enabled us to make to our videos by helping to fund our new video equipment.

100 thoughts on “Sailing to the top of Australia – Sailing Australia Ep.55

  1. Gorgeous footage!

  2. Thank you for sharing. your adventure.

  3. Really good vid THANKS

  4. Awesome video and amazing underwater cinematography

  5. If you take the time to sail and experience all of that goodness, why only 17 minutes? Don't you want us to see what you saw? 17 minutes, it seems, wouldn't be thorough enough. Love your journeys, though.

  6. Thanks for sorting my blood pressure out tonight with some more wonderful under water filming with relaxing music

  7. Watching on big screen tv. Footage is absolutely magnificent . Picture is extremely clear. Best footage we have seen on any of the sailing channels. Show us more!!! Thanks so much. What a great little camera .

  8. Beautiful video guys

  9. Beautiful video looking forward to seeing your travels how large were those lizards can’t wait till next time Cheers

  10. That footage of the giant clams was SO COOL!!!

  11. Amazing video. Great quality…

  12. I'm really glad that you enjoyed sailing Australia. I wish I found your channel before you made it to Townsville, the boat yard you were at was only a few kms from my place.

  13. Yay Australia! still can't believe we walked straight past you guys in Sydney Christmas time.

  14. watching this on our projector aboard Avocet in the channel islands. Great video crew!

  15. This area was first surveyed by HMS Rattlesnake. At least 1 book on it. A very interesting story. They breached and flooded it twice to get rid of cockroaches. Lol

  16. Wonderful footage – love every minute!

  17. Sorry for being environmentally political yet again but the Australian government are totally irresponsible when it comes to looking after things like the Great Barrier Reef. This iconic multi organism can be seen from the moon and has vast ecological and even economical importance it is to the world, yet alone Australia. Pity.

  18. Thank you for another great video

  19. Yes that's a noticeable improvement in video quality….its amazing considering the small size of the go pro.
    However it gave a little too much detail of your injury inducing shoes.PLEASE do a sponsorship deal with Adidas or Nike etc ASAP.
    Watch out for them pirates further north…they're not as harmless as drug addled Johnny Depp.

  20. Are you two real? You guys are so perfect, we can tell you work hard on these videos from capturing the sunset and wildlife to using your great abilities as commentators together to editing perfect videos. My family and I get a smile on our faces every time we watch your videos. From the mid USA Thank you for sharing and enjoy safe and fun winds!!! ⛵️🗺🐟🦀

  21. australian's arent friendly towards people fro new zealand that's why they warned you

  22. Excellent video Guys. It just gets better and better all the time.

  23. Definitely better acuity and color saturation both underwater. Excellent addition the new GoPro. Shout outs from a land lubber in Texas!

  24. Great video guys. Loved it. I particularly like the footage of setting and adjusting your sails. The fast footage of rigging the head sail with the pole was cool. Onto Indonesia! Looking forward to it!

  25. Excellent video for a general use. Amazing how GoPro video quality has improved so much.
    I had $8000. US housing and camera that had many options and could operate manually where as the GoPro's are preset generally and for the grand views they work very well. Just can't macro or white balance manual focus etc.
    You have a good eye artistically and good edits and I'm impressed with the storyboard. Nice job 👌👏👍

  26. 4 Million Kiwis were just thrown under the bus haha.

  27. If you can do 4k recording, do. Release a DVD or patreon only 4k look at some of the best reefs views ect!

  28. I continue to be impressed with your video work. The new camera is a nice addition to your excellent staging. You two should work for Nat Geo.

  29. Colors, clarity, details are excellent. The best, I thought, was the turtle appearing on the reef.. no the clown fish coming into focus… Hard to decide. Great job! You are getting quite cinematic.

  30. Beautiful photography, great music, keep ‘em coming 🙏😀

  31. Come back

  32. Well That's Pretty Interesting That Capt Cook Had To Climb a Hugh Mountain To Find His Way Outta The Reefs!? Ifin He Only Would Of Had A Drone… LOL
    Awwwh, Y'alls Shoulda Picked Up One Of Them Cute Iguanas, They Make Great Novelty Boat Buddy Pet & Coulds Keep Your Rig Free Of Rats & Bugs!!! LMAO
    Y'alls Really NEED One Of Them New Electric Outboard Motors For Your Lil Dingy! (Hit Them Up For A Free Sponsor-Ship?) It Makes My Back Hurt Every Time I See Ya Oaring… ;~)P Thanks Mates And The Video [email protected]@Ked Great!!!

  33. Great film work and editing.Is your dinghy a diy nestling boat, if so what type.

  34. The videos just keep getting better and better. Absolutely magical places now firmly on the bucket list.

  35. Great! Are you using a colored filter on the GoPro for underwater shooting?

  36. Great footage of the reef. I snorkeled on a reef in the Maldives just like that and I will never forget it for as long as I live. Great video cheers guys

  37. Hey
    The filming looks great on my big tele the colour to, needed my Florence fix today!
    Excellent seamanship keep sailing and stay safe . Are best two ambassadors for the uk .
    Thank you

  38. The entire time I was watching your [much anticipated] video, I was wondering if you had a new camera. So I suppose that’s a big “YES” from me, as to wether or not we at home, watching on a 60 inch TV can tell a difference. So gorgeous, I was literally crying at some of those delicate and uncommon anemone shots. I crossed the Pacific in my 30’s, and am finally returning to the Society Islands next month after more than 15 years back here on land in San Francisco, California. You are inspiring me every week to be more active in implementing my cruising lifestyle retirement plan! Thank you, and keep ‘em coming!!! XX

  39. I've sailed the great barrier reef too. In 1984… We pulled into Lizard island and we went to see if we could fill a couple of water containers, at the resort… The staff at the resort told us in no uncertain terms, to bugger off now… Hahahaha… That was in the days when royalty went there for the back marlin fishing… Someone important must have been staying there at the time…

  40. Great video. Quality is superb and the wildlife footage is fascinating – Excellent both above and underwater. Keep it coming. Looking forward to your Indonesian experiences as I lived there many years ago

  41. The underwater footage is the best I have ever seen – you must be so pleased with the new camera!

  42. The pictures are fantastic, you can really see the difference! You have developed a great style of presentation. My wife and I are retired and really look forward to seeing each episode each week. Long may you continue your travels, staying safe and healthy. Enjoy your travels so that we can enjoy them through your eyes.

  43. magnificent video underwater and continent …. magical

  44. Exceptional, creative and very professional video, goodness how much thought and work has gone into this – really enjoyed it, thank you!

  45. under water Video Brilliant

  46. Very nice video again! The quality gets better and better… Continue like this!

  47. Eco-preaching? No thanks. Unsubscribed.

  48. You make such enjoyable videos – well done! Your channel is definitely a YouTube highlight for me. Australia has looked really wonderful and I look forward to your adventures in Indonesia 🇮🇩😊

  49. Great stuff!

  50. Yeah top shelf stuff guys. Awesome sound track too. That makes a huge difference. Im glad you loved Australia, its a good spot 👍
    C u on your next lap 😉

  51. Great video as always.

  52. Beautiful film 👍🏻

  53. magic video, go pro 7 is a winner!

  54. As always, a beautiful video for us to watch. Thank you!

  55. The dog and I watched on our big screen and we both agree, the footage of the reef is spectacular. It looks even clearer than when I am diving myself. We are talking BBC quality.

    Keep them coming! Safe travels.

  56. So cereal, you have shared a lovely story from some awesome place. Thanks for doing what you do. G. Perth West Australia. Please come back.

  57. Echoing all the best! …colors and clarity were very evident before you mentioned the new camera. Sweet ride on your shoulder to see and hear what few get to experience. Onward now…tomorrow awaits!

  58. 9 months along that section. Not enough time. It was a big hop in this last vid. Take plenty of fuel before you start the next part.

  59. Hey guys, lovely new video and yes the underwater footage is beautiful. Brought back memories of Lizard Island and the trip around the top of Oz. We went to Darwin which was good fun although a little of a detour. Looking forward to your next update 🙂

  60. you should head over to the less traveled exmouth area

  61. Not enough adjectives to properly comment. Well done guys. Cheers 🙂

  62. Brilliant once again. Well done guys! Your living out most people's dreams (certainly mine). Great underwater footage!

  63. The video was awesome on my 70” screen ! Great upgrade and episode.

  64. great video

  65. I really wanted to comment on how amazing your “cinematography” and how-great all your videos are and what a great job of editing you do and so glad you’re sharing with so many people who wish but can’t be there with you but I’d just be repeating what has already been said so I won’t say anything and just anxiously wait to see how you out do yourselves on your next

  66. It colors are brilliant so amazing the quality is professional and best viewed on a big screen thank you for real reality T.V.👍👍

  67. Thanks. Thoroughly enjoyable. Excellent mix of aesthetics! Beautiful nature. Learned much in a very enjoyable way. Captain Cook's adventurous works are as facinating as they are historically relevant – that, and the sea life, weather and sea conditions, all made a very cool introduction. LoL. Cheers.

  68. great stuff as usual, did you see any crocodiles on the way up the coast?

  69. Beautiful video!! ❤️ it!!

  70. love the great clarity, keep up the great work/fun

  71. thanks from all ozzys see you next time in Port Stephens from the captain of port stephens ferrys and Lantern Lady

  72. Another brilliantly edited video! The underwater scenes were spectacular and filmed with the naturalist's and artist''s eye. Such a fitting and touching farewell to Australia. I very much enjoyed the picturesque recap. As always you flawlessly meld natural history with actual SAILING. Florence is a gem of a vessel. Yours is the S/V channel I look forward to watching the most of the many that I follow. Matt and Amy, cheers to you and fairwinds on your passage to Indonesia. ❤

  73. GoPro footage looks great on our 4K 55 inch Samsung! Enjoy you both!

  74. As usual, you turned out another great video. Professionals could learn a thing or two from you. Thanks,

  75. You both continue to amaze. The picture and audio quality have gone from very acceptable to truly professional. I still think your story telling and the fact that you’re a charming couple is what’s so impressive. I learn something new with each episode, which makes the videos a little more special. Also, the fact that you have clearly maintained your passion for the journey after 3 years is also remarkable, my wife would have left me after about 30 days into the journey. Keep going, I’m living vicariously through you both and loving it.

  76. Of course us Aussie's are friendly! You should return and do the whole circumnavigation! And the new camera works great. The colors were exceptional.

  77. We are not friendly to Kiwis. Just Kiwis. 🙂

  78. I love these videos! I’m living my sailing fantasy through you all thanks!

  79. All the photography is wonderful.going to replay.

  80. Awesome video and very clear on my big screen, I’m sorry I missed you guys in Cairns by 1 day maybe next time around the globe 🤣

  81. Guys….best episode yet. Thank you

  82. Some of your best dive footage. New camera is a Keeper!

  83. Awesome video. Once again you have excelled. Glad you enjoyed Australia!

  84. I know you're on a schedule,and probably couldn't spend more time here in Australia,there is plenty more good sailing right across the top of the continent,and some beaut rivers to sail down with rocky cliffs towering above,water falls you can shower under,and replenish your water supplies from.Maybe next time your around this part of the world.Glad we proved to be friendly and hospitable,and that you enjoyed visiting,come again soon😊

  85. Thanks for your positive comments about Australia. If more Australians understood just how lucky we are there would be more pride in the country and a greater appreciation of our good fortune.
    Come back again soon so we can spoil you again.
    Australia, the luckiest and best country on the planet.

  86. I believe Debra Johnson said it the best.
    If I knew how to sort my YouTube subscriptions, Sailing Yacht Florence would be at the very top.
    Thank You for making 17 minutes of my life even better. 🙏

  87. Have a great passage
    We love that you loved Aus so much!
    You've been a breath of fresh air
    Keep up the great underwater shots 😀

  88. As usual, nothing but quality video with very good narration and just fitting background music tracks..The new GoPro is definitely a winner.. Keep up the good work..Godspeed…

  89. Brilliant! Great footage and enjoying watching your story too.

  90. Good vid ya'll, wonderful video work.

  91. Loved it. My favorite show so far. Thank you! Please be safe.

  92. When dealing with large wild reptiles you should bring your hiking Cane or stick or Dowel. Just in case. A reptile bite can be highly infectous

  93. I'll reiterate what other commentators have said – great video (as usual) and the new camera certainly helped. Really good editing and nice soundtrack. You just continue to improve with each episode. Great job guys!

  94. Greetings from Florida, USA 🇺🇸🇦🇺⛵️

  95. Fantastic results from your new GoPro! It felt like I was there looking at the reef with you. Nicely done!

  96. Gotta love that GoPro Hero 7! Also the master behind the lens. Great vlog! 🙏🏻🤙🏻

  97. Glad u are enjoying our beautiful country now u can see the mistake you made sending us here hahaha

  98. Hi Guys, the footage over the reef and especially close-ups of the great clams was great…. Good new bit of kit 🙂 Take care Matthew

  99. Superb footage thanks for sharing

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