Auckland to Norfolk Island, Ball’s Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Elizabeth Reef, Middleton Reef and Southport / 1,400nm / 17 Days / CAT 1 Expedition
The ocean passage from Auckland, New Zealand to Norfolk Island, Balls Pyramid, Lord Howe Island, Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and onto to Southport, Queensland, Australia is a true adventurers expedition.
We depart Auckland and head north up the east coast of New Zealand until we clear North Cape, then sail 390nm NW to Norfolk Island, where (weather permitting) we will anchor and go ashore, clear Australian Customs and take a tour of the island and take in the rich history dating back to the early convict inhabitants.
Then we will set sail for Lord Howe Island via a sail past of the unique Balls Pyramid, stretching almost 500m out of the ocean. We’ll stop at Lord Howe Island where we will tie up on a mooring in the lagoon for 2-3 nights on the western side and take the opportunity to swim, cycle, hike, relax and enjoy everything this stunning island has to offer.
The sea life, milky way, phosphorescence and tranquillity of crossing an ocean and seeing no other vessels for the bulk of the voyage, really make this a special sailing experience.
Highlights from the 2019 passage to Middleton Reef and Elizabeth Reef
Then the real adventure begins with a sail 100nm north to Elizabeth Reef, where we will anchor and go ashore on Elizabeth Island, a sand island inside the platform reef thats covered at high tide. Imagine standing on a tiny island 300nm off the East Coast of Australia with nothing but the Tasman Sea in every direction!
Next we will sail 30nm to the notorious Middleton Reef, one of the southernmost platform reefs in the world. This 6nm long reef rises up off the 3,000 metre deep Tasman Sea floor and is visible at low tide. It’s claimed more than 70 vessels in the past 100 years with some wrecks still visible. The final destination is Southport, Queensland, 300nm west of Middleton Reef, where we will clear customs and tie up at the Southport Yacht Club.
This expedition will have some unique sights including seeing ship wrecks visible on top of the Middleton Reef, turquoise blue lagoons, amazing sea life and the steep Jurassic like cliff faces of Lord Howe Island.