Day 5 -Torres Harold Bay, Hamilton & Tongue Inlet 2:07pm, Wed 04 Jan 2017Early Start:
It was going to be a busy day that would involve filling up the water tanks and a spot of re-provisioning at Hamilton Island before heading back onto the eastern side of the island and sailing up to Tongue Inlet for the night. Given the short distance to Hamilton we motored around eating an early breakfast en-route.
Once moored at Hamilton Jen and Margaret went to pick up some provisions. Rob (a little too quickly) offered to look after Kaitlyn and once ready, was on a shuttle bus that took him, David and Kaitlyn on a tour of the island to get to the other side of the hill! Once finally at the pool, and with the pool bar open, all had a good time! With the provisioning done and delivered back to the boat (despite a minor dispute with a forklift) we had a quick lunch at the Tavern and were all very pleased to be back on the water, en-route to the northern end of Whitehaven Beach.
Our afternoon's sail took us back through the familiar Fitzalan Passage and past the bays on the southern end of Whitsunday Island. Once on the outside of the Islands again, we tacked north along Whitehaven. We reached Tongue Inlet about an hour before high tide – perfect timing to make the short walk across to the outlook and beautiful sand of Hill Inlet. Kaitlyn and Rob spent what seemed like hours exploring the foreshore. The best part was that we had the whole place to ourselves - an experience that we didn't really realise the uniqueness of at the time.