Books, etc

Cruising Australia

I think the following books are a must for those cruising the Queensland and NSW coasts.

Cruising the Coral Coast - Alan Lucas ISBN 0 646 27858 4
A book giving details on cruising the coast of Queensland.

Curtis Coast - Noel Patrick ISBN 1 862527377
The complete cruising guide from Bundaberg to Mackay. 285 miles of tropical paradise. Gives anchorages, depths and cautions while cruising this section of the coast.

100 Magic Miles of the Great Barrier Reef: the Whitsunday Islands - David Colfelt ISBN 0 9586989 1 0
As supplied on most (all?) charter yachts in the Whitsundays. Gives anchorages, wind protection and ground holding, currents, etc - a must for the Whitsunday cruiser !

Going Troppo - David Haynes and Sue Mulvany ISBN 9 780646 478968
A guide to cruising the northern Great Barrier Reef from Bowen to Lizzard Island. Gives anchorages, depths and cautions while cruising this section of the coast.
Released late 2007. Available online at

Cruising the NSW Coast - Alan Lucas ISBN 0 9585807 4 X
A book giving details on cruising the coast of NSW.

Available from Boat Books (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney) and some chandleries.

Maps of Queensland waterways - Queensland Transport
These are excellent and are available from most chandlery shops and some Queensland Transport (marine) offices. They are usually cheaper direct from Queensland Transport (about $12). They appear to be far more accurate than the Admiralty maps. The newer electronic maps such as C-Map NT and Max have access to these maps.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Maps
Free from various marine outlets. A must if you are cruising in the marine park. Shows where you can/cannot fish, anchor and other activities within the marine park. Or download from

Cruising the World

World Cruising Routes - Jimmy Cornell ISBN 0-7136-4070-7
A book giving routes and times of the year to travel and times to avoid - highly recommended !

South Pacific Anchorages - Warwick Clay ISBN 0-85288-482-6
Brief descriptions of the islands with sketches.

Landfalls of Paradise - Earl R Hinz ISBM 0-8248-1466-5 (1993)
There is a 1999 edition and another due April 2006 ??
Cruising guide to the Pacific islands. Descriptions with photos and sketches.

Greenwich to the Dateline - Rory and Sandra Burke
Bluewater cruising to the Caribbean and Pacific. Good book - started on a 2 year trip but 8 years on and still only half way!

Changing Course - Cantrell
About a husband who comes home and declares to his wife "we are going to sail the world". She interviews 107? wives who have been in that situation - 103? go and the others wait for their husbands return - Liz enjoyed it.

Most books are available from Boat Books (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney).


Cruising Helmsman - Yaffa Publishing Group P/L
Published monthly in Australia. Many articles about cruising including cruising stories around the world.

Note: There may be later editions than those mentioned above. Always check before you buy.