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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 20th 2007

Efter en lang tur op ad kysten så vi frem til at par dage på revet. Vi havde købt en tur hvor vi skulle overnatte på båden ude på det ydre rev, med 7 snorkel ture på turen. Det var en fantastisk tur som vi virkelig nød. Alene det at slappe af ombord på båden, og blot nyde vejret ude på havet. Det var møgvejr i Cairns, men som snart vi nåede ud på havet klarede det op og blev super vejr. Bespisningen fejlede ikke noget ombord, så vi nød det virkelig. Vores første tur i vandet var super, og vi var vildt imponeret over det fantastiske rev. Vi havde jo snorklet i Key West 1½ år tidligere, men det kunne på ingen måde leve op til Great Barrier Reef. På vores anden tur svømmede en ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 19th 2007

After leaving Ayers Rock I spent the best part of two hours peering down from 35,000 feet on the barren expanse that is Australia's 'outback'. The parched red soil continued as far as the eye could see, before the view was eventually interrupted by a layer of dense cloud. We broke through that cloud with half an hour of the flight left to reveal that the terracotta soil had been replaced by a new emerald world of rivers, lakes and farmland surrounded by dense rainforest. We were descending into Cairns, and the Tropics...... Getting off the plane, once again the humidity hit us like a bucket of water, and as we moved from the cool interior of the fuselage to the warm and sticky climate of Queensland the moisture instantly formed on our exposed skin making ... read more
Rainforests of Cape Tribulation.
It's a spider
Flying foxes (fruit bats)

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 17th 2007

Am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!! Today we are going via boat to the Great Barrier Reef - and I'm going to try diving again aswell! We head out to the boat jetty for our 7.30am start (getting earlier again!) and get on board the Ocean Freedom boat. We paid a bit extra for this trip as there were cheaper ones available, but this boat has quite low numbers so the boat is more spread out and also the diving ratio is 2 people to 1 instructor which I like as am quite nervous! We head out to the reef and at first we think that the water is not that clear and are worried that the visability will be poor. However as we reach our first stop at the Upolu Cay it all suddenly becomes clear. The cay ... read more
The Cay
Di looking good on the Reef
Us and the crew of Ocean Freedom

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 10th 2007

Awesome! I finally have some underwater photos to share! I got out to the GBR over a week ago and was fortunate enough to go diving 3 days - 8 dives! As you can imagine from the title, the totally awesome barrier reef was all about the reef and coral and VASTNESS and AWE of it all! I saw quite a few turtles, a handful of sharks, and some HUGE fishes! There were plenty of moral eels (love those creepy guys!) tiny nudibrachs and shrimp, and the schools of fish were overwhelming - in every direction - sometimes completely surrounding us! I have finally found my absolute weightless zen (neutral buoyancy) and have been super enjoying the feeling of complete weightlessness as an observer of this incredible underwater world! I did 5 dives in Port Douglas ... read more
Hi Mom!
Merry Christmas!
And a Happy New Year!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 6th 2007

So its been 6 weeks since I landed on the beautiful Heron Island .....and this time has flown by but also as intense as island life is - working living working working and then living ...all with the same people,,,,, is a soap opera in itself so 6 weeks feels like 6 months but still appreciating the beautiful nature and reef. Im not going to go into detail about working on the resort as i think resort work is pretty much 'resort work' wherever you go but the island itself with the baby noddys and the crying muttin birds and the thiefing rails is a world in itself.... Turtles are starting to lay their eggs on the sandy beaches , on your days off you can snorkel with reef sharks, sting rays , shovel nosed rays....go ... read more
Boat over to Heron Island
First day on the beach.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 4th 2007

Day 252 (04.12.07) Continuing our fun-filled Cairns style action holiday, today we would be taken beneath the waves to visit the famous Great Barrier Reef. We only had a day to see the reef and wanted to do a three dive day, only offered by about 3 of the seemingly hundreds of dive companies in Cairns. We went with another recommendation from Raging Thunder as everything had been great with them so far. Having had a bit of a nightmare with communication between various tour companies - it became apparent that our planned tour (kindly paid for by Ryan for our wedding prezzie) to Cape Tribulation had been booked and unbenown to us cancelled. This news came as a bit of a shock to us, however instead of our Cape Tribulation trip Ryan, we are thrilled ... read more
Diving the GBR
Diving the Barrier Reef
Diving the Barrier Reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef November 19th 2007

Another early start, but this time we had to get to the reef terminal under our own steam; but we did have enough time for a quick brecky before departing at 8.00am for the reef. We went with an outfit called Sea Star in a very fast boat for 40, but there were only 12 of us aboard which made it ever so roomy. On the way out, around 8.30, we passed the van Gogh on the way in to Cairns from Darwin and M videoed them, just as they videoed us! At about 9.15 we arrived at Michaelmas Cay a small sandy island in the middle reef containing a bird sanctuary and limited island access (piccy attached) Sea Star are one of only 3 companies with a commercial permit to visit this island and we ... read more
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef - D Snorkelling
Great Barrier Reef - M on the Quay

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef November 4th 2007

Sunday morning and another beautiful day here on the island After a lovely leisurely breakfast I headed up to the Stella Maris Chapel a wonderful setting for this interdenominational church Today Reverend Terry Ayling was conducting the non denominational service He was a lovely Australian guy, about my age, (yes young then!) who has the reasponsibility for conducting services here and on Hamilton and Day Dream Islands There were 10 of us at the service today including a couple who had been married at Hayman three years ago in the very Chapel We sang to a DVD and watched a video presentation about other people seeing Jesus in for thought. It was very informal and we had a chance to chat together afterwards and take in the wonderful views It was rather appropriate that we ... read more
Sunday on Hayman
Sunday on Hayman
Sunday on Hayman

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef November 3rd 2007

Well I mentioned that today was going to be a bit special and it certainly has been. I woke early with the sun streaming into my room looking out over the still Lagoon at Hayman Island Resort. A delicious buffet type breakfast overlooking the Lagoon in the Azure Restaurant was a perfect setting to begin another exciting day At 8am I met my other two guests for the day, Craig and Melissa (another honeymoon couple from Derby) as we headed over to the Helipad (I am getting rather used to this type of travel!!) for our initial flight to Fantaseas Reefworld on the Great Barrier Reef. Jacko was our pilot and guide for the day and made us very relaxed for the 30minute flight. Such a clear and calm sea as we headed over the Whitsunday ... read more
Hayman Island
Hayman Island
Fantasea Reefworld

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef November 3rd 2007

After our Reef adventure we decided to see a little more of the Australian landscape. We were in northern Queensland (northeast coastal area) and wanted to visit the Atherton Tableland. It is from there (50’s era Atherton Motel, home of the rare 24-hour internet access!) where I posted a blog entry last month. After circling counterclockwise from up north Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge, down to Antherton, then Yungaburra, and Crater Lake, we decided we really wanted another day out at the Reef. We had planned on a day in Yungaburra, but it really is a very small town that is easily seen in an afternoon, so trucked on back to Cairns (and saw some wild kangaroos en route!) and made another launch at the Reef. This time we decided to go to Green Island, which, ... read more
Wild Kangaroos
Wild orchid on Green Island
With these towels...

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