Join us on an amazing trip exploring sea-kayaking and camping on the deserted beaches of the scenic Family or Barnard Islands, which make up part of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The trip is just off the coast of Mission Beach, the Family Island Group consists of 11 lush tropical islands surrounded by the clear blue waters.
Day 1 After your pick up at 8.00am, from your accommodation, we arrive at
the beach to pack our kayaks. Your trip leader will give a safety
briefing and paddling instruction. We then set of for our first day on the
water, paddling through the beautiful Family Islands, passing tiny
Timana Island and paddling the coastline of Bedarra Island to our
destination of Wheeler Island. This lush verdant island will be our
tropical beach camp for the next two nights. After a yummy fresh
lunch we set up our camp. The rest of the day can be spent exploring
the beach and island, snorkelling or just relaxing and enjoying the
peace and tranquillity of an uninhabited tropical island. During the
evening watch a canopy of stars overhead whilst we tuck into a
scrumptious dinner provided by our friendly guides.
Day 2 We spend the day exploring the outer islands of this group, after
breakfast we paddle along the coast of Coombe Island over the
fringing reef to visit the further islands of Hudson, Bowden and Smith.
These three, known as the triplets are the southern most islands of the
group giving a spectacular view of the peaks of Hinchinbrook Island.
Here, we can snorkel off the beach to view the fringing reef and
colourful fish. After a luscious picnic lunch we can spend more time
exploring these gem like islands and their stunning granite boulder
coastlines before getting back in our kayaks. Back at our beach camp
Wheeler Island we can watch the sunset over the mainland whilst
sipping a glass of wine and nibbling some pre-dinner snacks.
Day 3 A hearty breakfast is served, and the morning is spent at a leisurely
pace, there is time for yet another swim before we begin to pack up
camp and load the kayaks for our final day on the islands. Today we
head northwards towards picturesque Dunk Island, for a delicious
lunch and a snorkel or a bit of beachcombing on this islands less
visited beaches, then we paddle to our final destination of South