Re: Brisbane to Darwin - impressions
If you went to Thursday Island it would be another $300 for a new quarantine inspection. TI is only a few miles off the coast. We could have seen it when we went by except that there were other islands in the way.
Not much use doing a book about entering and clearing since everyone's experience is different, even in the same location. Some people in Fiji last year were being hit for a fumigation charge. We talked to one Kiwi boat and there cost for entering Fiji was almost $1000 (US) by the time all was said and done. The easiet and cheapest we have found were the French islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Worst are the Spanish speaking countries like Panama and Ecuador, although Chile (Easter Island) was OK. Oz is not nearly the worst, but far from the best. You just grin and bear it.
Back in the water in Grenada - with new main and #2 and cockpit canvas (Santa came early). Will spend the winter and early spring in the Caribbean and then head to Bermuda and the northeast US. Still trying to decide if we will bring the boat to Canada, either in 2015 or 2016.