Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Exquisite Island More Than 0-Cay; Unbelievable Beauty Awaits Those Who Make the Trek to Sudbury Cay, Two Hours out of Cairns

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Exquisite Island More Than 0-Cay; Unbelievable Beauty Awaits Those Who Make the Trek to Sudbury Cay, Two Hours out of Cairns

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Byline: WORDS: ANN RICKARD

Ask Wikipedia just exactly what a cay is and it will tell you it is "a sandy island on the surface of a coral reef".

Good enough information for us, people who cautiously trust Wikipedia. It will also tell you it could be pronounced "keys" or "key" but we prefer to say it how it looks, "cay".

We were off to Sudbury Cay, a place you may not be fully acquainted with, but as suggested, it is a sandy island ... this one about two hours sailing out of Cairns.

I'd seen photos of this glorious cay, a small patch of shimmering white sand floating serenely on the surface of a deep and vivid blue ocean with a circle of pure aqua water surrounding it. It looked like a picture that had been photoshopped. It was far too exquisite to be real.

But there we were, approaching it on a private boat after sailing out of Cairns, past the mangroves, along an estuary where we were told we may see a crocodile basking on the banks (we didn't, very pleased).

A small stop at Mission Bay, then Turtle Bay, to gaze in wonder at the giant rock formations on shore, giant dream-like sculptures, soaring from the embankment, some balancing their own small formations on their tips ... all against a backdrop of the Murray Prior Range mountains, shaded colours of mauve and green, infinitely fascinating in their unique Australian beauty. Turtles aplenty here.

Already, the anticipation was high. So much unspoilt beauty, so close to Cairns - velvety blue ocean against green rainforest - vistas so spectacular and natural people would happily travel from the other side of the world to see for just a day.

Then it was on towards and past Fitzroy Island, where the rainforest meets the reef, as the tourism people tell us, a very accessible island from Cairns by a regular ferry. Marine life, walking trails, a modest hotel, water sports . …

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