In 1872, a surveyor by the name O'Connell acquired 1,100 acres in Cannon Valley and in 1884, he contracted the services of William and John Compton, brothers who had arrived from England with their carpenters tools to carve out a new life in the land downunder.
Making way to their new building site on board a timber steamer, the engineer took great pleasure in telling the brothers about the ferocious tigers and man eating crocodiles which roamed the valley. Rowed to the beach with tools in hands, they were left with the promise that the steamer would return in a few days with cedar lo... Read More
The Great Reef Census is a groundbreaking citizen science effort to survey the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re on the Reef or on the other side of the world, you can be part of this important conservation initiative. Read on to find out how you can be part of it.
With only a few months away until the silly season, what better way to spend your Christmas break, sailing the Whitsundays. Why not hire a bareboat and discover the 74 islands have to offer.
Bareboating in the Whitsundays is known for its protected anchorages and generally calm seas. Cumberland Charter Yachts has a fleet of 28 boats based in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Choose from Sailing Yachts, Sailing Catamarans or Power Catamarans, ranging in size from 32 to 47 feet and sleeping up to 10 people.