Wednesday, August 31, 2011

....and when they got there, Brampton was bare!

Slowly I am going to try and catch up to where we are at present...which for the record is still Sawmill Bay, Whitsunday Island. We left Mackay Marina early on Saturday 20th August, and on our way out I took a quick picture of the shoreline, where you can see the old, re-located, kerosene lighthouse that used to reside on Pine Island (opposite Middle Percy Island).


Another interesting sight (for me at any rate) was captured on our way in to Mackay several days before. Nick is always complaining that due to Lucey Blue's beam and height, he can't see what is happening at the sides of the hulls...especially when he is trying to come alongside a fuel wharf or marina berth. I have decided that maybe an upgrade of our cockpit/bridge is in order, the bridge wings in the following picture would surely help to rectify the lack of hull view...pretty cool Father's Day present huh?


Maybe some side mirrors would be more achievable, and in keeping with our almost 20 year old design. I was actually pretty worried at the time we motored past these behemoths. I was wondering if one of them might spring to life and promptly reverse over us (I'm not at all prone to flights of fancy ;-) ...but figured that without a tug in attendance they weren't going anywhere too fast.

Anyhoo...we spent a very peaceful morning sailing under our spinnaker out to Brampton island...


Please excuse all the junk over the trampolines, we don't usually sail in such a shambles, I think Nick was looking for something in a bow locker at the time. The book I was reading was a Clive Cussler (he doesn't add fodder to my flights of fancy at all!!!!!).

As we rounded the western side of Brampton Island we crossed paths with another couple of whales steaming north...


We anchored next to Roar Ege in the small bay between Pelican Island and Swordfish Point. After Nick had untangled the trolling line from our starboard prop (it really sucks when you forget its there and end up reversing over it......we hadn't caught anything to lessen the pain either...boo hoo), we went ashore for a wee wander in the woods.

There were lots of beautiful butterflies in the trees along the walk...


I don't know what sort of butterfly they are...but I managed to capture a shot of this poor old fellow, probably by virtue of the fact that he could barely fly any more. He looks a bit moth eaten...no?

After our bush walk we wandered along the beach to investigate the resort...but when we got there, Brampton was bare! I was beginning to have more 'Lost' flashbacks, and was looking around for Matthew and Evangeline again (cue the spooky music). Are you starting to see a trend here?


The Brampton Island Resort website says the resort closed in Jan 2011 for renovations, and will be opened some time after Dec 2011. Let's just say, based on our observations, we don't think it'll be opening soon after Dec 2011. The only living things we saw (other than a bunch of fellow cruisers) was a large group of very well fed roos...at least someone is looking after the lawns...because no one appeared to be working hard at renovations, that's for sure!

And just like Great Keppel....the resort beach fits my definition of idyllic, so its sad to see the place pretty much abandoned.


The next day we left in tandem with Roar Ege, agreeing to catch some shots of each other en route...





We also took a little video on our way north through the channel between Hammer and Ladysmith/Blacksmith Islands...


I have made tuna casserole for dinner tonight, and it smells DELISH...so I'm gonna go grab some now before it gets cold!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's July 2012 and Brampton is in even worse condition than your photos of 2011. Still nobody has returned and it looks like they just got up one day and walked away from the place. The roos have now taken over the resort. It's sad and spooky!

Sam said...

That is sad news! I was hoping they were just running behind schedule with the renovations. I hope they get their act together eventually. It was such a lovely looking little island. Thanks for the update.

Stephen Woodhall said...

My Brother got married in the Brampton island resort in Jan 2010 just days before the resort was abandoned, it was probably the last wedding on Brampton.

Such a shame as the island is awesome. I really enjoyed the few days we had on the island.