We had a relaxed motor from Orford for this morning and arrived on the west side of Maria Island in Shoal Bay around midday. There was a southerly breeze for most of the day and despite what you my think from the pictures it was actually quite cold.
Maria Island is a national park and was historically used as a penal colony. We went ashore for a few hours and managed to walk a massive 6km, quite a shock to the system. The island is lovely and quiet and the beach in the bay that we are anchored in must be well over a mile long. We saw a few wallabies in the bush and visited the remains of the prisoners cells. We finished off with a rather wet ride in the dinghy back to X-Pat but have now recovered with a few G&T's on deck.
|Anchored in Shoal Bay, Maria Island|
|The remains of the cells|
|Maria Island looking South|