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Life at the Beach: Sarina Beach Photographs

Percy Island Photographs

In July 2005 I set out from Sarina Beach and headed out to the wonderful Middle Percy Island in a small sailing boat called Blue Moon with my friend Luke Benes. After a stop over at the beautiful Curlew Island we arrived at Middle Percy Island on the 16th of July, bringing some gratefuly received supplies for the islands caretakers – a young couple with a dog named ‘Zee’ We stayed on the island for the next two weeks – this was much longer than was originally planned due to the gale force winds that lasted all most a week. I had a wonderful time exploring the island and sleeping in the tree house down near the beach. I spent hours in the A-Frame looking at all of the signs that had been left by passing boats – some from as far away as Scotland, Norway and America. The Homestead on the island was in a sorry state of affairs, as was the historic ship ‘Islander’ which had been build on the island. Percy Island has an amazing history and is definately worth a visit if you are lucky enough to ever be passing that way. Flinders certainly thought so when he stopped at Percy Island.

Middle Percy Island Photographs

Trip Map

My Boating Accident

The following Photographs were taken in the days after my accident at Sarina Beach near Mackay.

In February 2005 I was staying at Sarina Beach down under in Queensland. I had spent the afternoon drinking down at Mackay Harbour with some friends. On returning to Sarina Beach I decided to join the boys on a midnight boat trip. We all piled into the tinny and headed out into the darkness. Unfortunately I decided to sit on the Bow of the boat wearing my headtorch with my feet dangling over the front. Due to being intoxicated I was pretty relaxed and was probably not holding on very tightly.

Heading out across the moonlit inlet we suddenly turned (for one reason or another) and hit a wave. I went flying out of the front of the boat, smacking my head on the boat, before having my knee, wrist and armpit mangled by the outboards propellor. The boat continued on before realising I had disappeared. Luckily my headtorch continued to shine and I was promptly pulled back in to the boat. Numbed with shock and too much Bunderberg rum, I thought I was fine, not aware of the blood pouring out from my knee, arm and armpit. We hastily headed back to shore and managed to get me a lift down to Sarina where I was stitched up by the on call doctor.

A couple of days later a large tiger shark was caught in the area, which also has the occasional visiting crocodile. It took a couple of months to get back in to the swing of things and I have never lived the incident down. Everyone in Sarina Beach remembers the day when the Pome was run over by the boat and I do enjoy telling the story of my fight with the ‘propadile’ and showing off my scars. I was extremely lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries; a timely reminder that boating and alcohol definately don’t mix.

Kayak Trip Photographs

Jungle Fever – Trekking in the Wet Tropics

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Jonathan Tolhurst

About Jonathan Tolhurst

Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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