We'd like to get to as many islands as possible while Elliot is aboard so we sail to Brampton Island with the wind directly behind us; southeasterly 15-20 knots.
Anchored a short way off the jetty, we jump in the dinghy and soon find the jetty is a complete wreck, separated from the land during the last cyclone. Getting ashore is now a little challenging due to the rocky shoreline but we manage to tie to a rock and clamber up to the path. The sun is setting and the path is very overgrown but it looks like a place we'd like to explore tomorrow.
Growing up in Australia I knew Brampton Island as one of Queensland's premier resort islands, just 20 miles north of Mackay. Those days are gone for Brampton and a few others in the Whitsundays. Natural disasters, Australia's mining "boom", high wages, high currency rates and relatively cheap overseas vacations have hit home-grown tourism hard. It's quite a sad sight, looking just as if everyone simply stopped what they were doing, got up and left. There are some reports that a Chinese group has purchased and will re-develop. For now, Brampton Is. offers a National Park with a couple of walks and an off-limits resort wasteland.