We continued our journey in the most beautiful weather. Early in the morning we passed by the Palm islands, then in Halifax Bay Magnetic island and Cape Cleveland with its decoration of a beacon. At noon we were East of Cape Bowling. The coast is now retreating and mountains and mountain ridges are only visible as faint contours.
Towards sunset we approached the mainland again and drove past Gloucester island, a fairly large hilly island that we had already noticed from afar due to its dense and rich vegetation. Up close we recognize a complete forest of beautiful Araucaria Cunninghamii and Bidwillii — these true pines from Queensland — that cover the slopes with their wide dark-green branches. With joy we greet the first conifers after a long time, a clear proof that we were more and more departing the tropical region.
Still with sufficient daylight that turned everything into a purple mist we passed through the lovely scenery of Whitsunday passage with the islands of Hook and Whitsunday. The bright light of the light beacon ship facilitates navigation. During the night we passed by the Cumberland islands.