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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef December 9th 2009

I am now over in Queensland, East Coast Australia. After a fairly sleepless flight over from Perth we waited around for a few hours before we could check in at the hostel (to be fair we were 8 hours early!) Half hours of sleep here and there coupled with our first expensive breakfast in a long time, we finally checked in....and went straight to bed! We did however sort out quite a lot of stuff for the next few weeks of the trip. managed to sort out a day on the Great Barrier Reef (the next day) and some Whitsundays Sailing (just me though, Dan is sitting this one out). We stayed at Gilligans backpackers hostel in Cairns and it was failry cheap so no complaints there. Would recommend it but only for a few nights...the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef November 22nd 2009

22/11/2009 - We woke up ridiculously early this morning, packed up our stuff and got ourselves ready to be picked up from our hostel just after 6AM. We were taken to the Pro-Dive shop where we would leave our luggage and collect our scuba gear to load it on the ute. It wasn’t long before we took the mini-van to the marina and boarded Scubrapro III. There were 32 of us in total, most of which were certified divers coming along to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Everyone sat down for an introduction chat as we left the marina and headed to our first dive site in the outer reef, it would take 3 hours to get there. After controlling my sea sickness pretty well for 3 hours the boat came to a stop and everyone ... read more
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef November 20th 2009

Another early start this morning and I was so excited at what we were going over the next few days. I had booked Hannah and I on a 5 day PADI Open Water Diving Course with a company called Pro-Dive. I had wanted to do this for years now and finally I was starting it today, Hannah on the other hand was a little reluctant. We were picked up at taken to the training centre where we would spend the first 2 days of the course in the classroom and in the pool, leanring how to dive. We arrived and filled out all the paperwork and after introducing ourselves got stuck straight into it. We spent the first half of the first day in the classroom watching videos then doing a quiz then the second half ... read more
Pro Dive

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef October 7th 2009

We have just returned from a two day dive cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. Neither words nor pictures can do it justice - amazing wouldn't even begin to describe it. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest living organism, is visible from space, and is one of the Natural Wonders of the World. We were able to do six dives while on our cruise and we also enrolled in an Adventure Diver specialty program, where we took courses in deep diving, night diving, and navigation. The day after we arrived in Queensland, we took a two and a half hour journey to the Outer Reef. The water was beautiful and calm, and we spotted a manta flapping it's wings on the surface along the way. We arrived at the Kangaroo Explorer and checked into ... read more
Our Divemaster Holding a Sea Cucumber
Cass on the Night Dive

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef August 28th 2009

You worry sometimes, about how many times you can get excited about seeing another beach, another mountain or even another town. Have we seen it all before but in a different shape? The whole east coast of Australia is full of amazing beaches but there is only so many times you can think a beach is the nicest one you have ever seen. You just think silently, well, it’s the same as the one down the road, stunningly beautiful, but, the same. We have often discussed about getting ‘sightseers overkill’. We have seen so much now we had hoped we wouldn’t become blasé (Michelle likes that word but I know it as Unmoved) about things. Then you go snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and you get absolutely blown away. Blasé/Unmoved. What the hell do they ... read more
Underwater Pictures
Underwater Pictures
Humpback Whales breach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef August 24th 2009

On Monday, we went out to the Great Barrier Reef on the 'Silversonic' - a boat Tim chose because he liked the name. It took more than an hour to get to the outer reef and on the way we saw a humpback whale breaching on the horizon. We snorkelled three sites on Agincourt Reef. The weather was warm but a bit cloudy so the coral was not quite as brightly coloured as we had expected but we had great time exploring the underwater world and the visibility was excellent which is the main thing. Em actually found Nemo hiding in an anemone (i.e. a clown fish). Tim dived down and swam underwater with a turtle, which could have been any one of the six species, but we think it was a hawksbill. Some people in ... read more
On The Innlet
Great Barrier Reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef August 23rd 2009

Man, I really should write this more often. I mean to, I write reminders everywhere and try to make mental notes that I immediately forget, berating myself for writing a boring blog because I can’t remember what I did since I last wrote. Anyway, I left you on Orpheus island, the James Cook Uni research station on the Great Barrier Reef. Not a bad place to study. I think it’s a cunning ruse at it’s the only way they are going to get us to do statistics. Well, we learnt the stats in a classroom then went there to count fish and stuff. This sounds simple, and indeed it should have been but I did not as well as this module as I did on the others. The 6 month mark has been and gone and ... read more
The view from the Orpheus research station
The Orpheus 09 gang
Thalia and I hard at study

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef July 29th 2009

We are well settled in and have met most of the locals (people who come here from Vic, Tas & NSW every year) and even one from Balnarring who recognised the car. It is their home away from home. After seeking help from the Ultimate website on where to find the parts needed to fix the camper, we headed into Smithfield and found them, fantastic. Continued on to Cairns to look around and booked a cruise with Quicksilver to the Outer Barrier Reef for Tuesday. Hopefully the weather stays good and not too rough for the crossing. Bought the kids some RipCurl thongs after much nagging and sick of seeing their feet sweat in the ones we bought in NT. They are now happy as they can be; still fighting with each other and we have ... read more
Daintree NP - view from boat
Coral at Great Barrier Reef
Coral at Great Barrier Reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef July 28th 2009

Drove to Port Douglas for the market on Sunday morning. I spotted Steve & Jenni (our friends from the Craft Markets). We had a chat then we left to go to Palm Cove to get a camp site. For tea, we had a roast at the Life Saving Club. Mum was happy to have a roast for tea for a change. Went to Cairns in the morning to book our cruise to the Great Barrier Reef on Quicksilver. Came back to camp and Steve & Jenni rocked up to see us. We had a long chat with them, then Kate & I went with them to have a swim in the pool at their resort. The pool was huge, so was the beach ball. There was a beach pool, spa and a heated pool. We stayed ... read more
Quicksilver semi submarine
Reef shark
Some fish I saw

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef July 28th 2009

On Tuesday we went on Quicksilver to the outer reef, called Agincourt. On the boat it was hard to walk around because you went from side to side. I got a drink, when I was walking with it, I had to grab onto to everything so I did not spill it. When we got to the activity platform you could have lunch on the boat. After I finished my lunch I went and had a look at the underwater observatory. It was rocky on the way back. ... read more
Quicksilver semi submarine
Some fish I saw
A big groper

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