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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Barrier Reef March 22nd 2015

Hello Everyone, The Great Barrier Reef is calling!! We woke up early to walk down to the pier for 8am, where we boarded the Silver Swift boat to take us to the outer reef (Flynn Reef), where we were to stop at three different dive and snorkel sites. Neil and I were separated as soon as we boarded as they had sections for divers, snorkelers, and introductory divers. Neil was doing an introductory dive, which involves diving in small groups with an instructor to depths less than 10 meters, without having ever needed to have dived before. Needless to say he was very excited about it. As the boat started the 1hour 30-minute journey out to sea we had health ad fitness forms to fill in, and to basically sign away any company responsibility if something ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 21st 2015

Today was a day at the zoo, australian animals only. We participated in a number of tours and presentaions and got to stroke a small crocodile. It felt just like a pair of shoes. Highlight of the day was watching a joey leave its mother's pouch probably for the first time and doing an excellent bambi impersonation, falling over every time it tried to take a step. The crocodiles both fresh water and esturian were impressive, from a distance. Back late afternoon for our customary dip in the pool. We have just been advised that our trip to the Barrier Reef has been reorganised to tomorrow, so off we go insearch of Nemo.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns March 21st 2015

Hello People, As we had decided not to go to Cape Tribulation (because it was so expensive to get there and we hadn’t met anyone with a car), we decided to go to the Lagoon in the center of Cairns. It was relaxing and sunny! We also booked up Frasier Island- 3 days and 2 nights on the island with a night at the hostel before and after the trip on Rainbow beach for $400 each. This was probably the best deal we found for that amount of days, however we have seen bulk deals including the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, Fraser Island, and nights at Mission beach, 1770, Rainbow beach etc. for about $800 each. This is probably cheaper than doing it separately than booking it separately in advance like us but it does run ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » 1770 March 21st 2015

18/3 Yesterday was a boring day. I checked out at 9:30 and had to hang around until 13:00 for the bus. As Kennedy wasn't in my hostel at Rainbow beach we didn't even wait around together. We then had a six hour bus journey to Agnes Water/ 1770 (two tiny towns next to each other so people use both names). The hostel we stayed at was really cool so we were a bit gutted we only stayed one night but there wasn't that much in the town to do. Today we did a tour called Scooter Roo which was basically s big convoy of backpackers riding motorbikes and looking at kangaroos. They gave us leather jackets and stick on tattoos which was so funny. We had to practise riding the bikes on a small track first ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland March 20th 2015

Hi Bloggers and fellow humans, Today was a right off day as we had hangovers. We did make a good breakfast of boiled eggs and soldiers, but then we went back to bed. We spent a little time in the pool; went for a food shop at Coles, watched TV episodes on the laptop and watched some of the cricket (Australia V India) in the afternoon. We were expecting the cyclone to be in full force today but it was sunny; it looks like the worst of it was last night, which was only a little bit of wind and rain. This means that diving for Sunday should be fine!! We had nice lunch, I had half a roast chicken and bread and Vick had hot noodle salad!!! Our high light of the day!!! LOL I ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Daintree National Park March 20th 2015

On Wednesday we had a fantastic day travelling up the coast into the Daintree rain forest. We had a boat trip up the river and saw crocodiles, walks in the forest spoting massive spiders and lizards, walks along the beach at Cape Tribulation where rain forest meets barrier reef and a swim in cool water at Mossman Gorge. And local grown tea, local caught fish and local made ice cream made from local grown exotic fruit. Definitely a must do experience. On Thursday we checked with reception on the state of the cyclone threat. It appeared that the worst would miss us but we could expect heavy rain. We took a long walk along four mile beach and marvelled at all the coconuts lying there waiting to be eaten. We completed the walk around Port Douglas ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Inn The Tropics March 19th 2015

Hey Bloggers, This morning was cloudy and had intermittent heavy rain showers, so sunbathing at the lagoon was off the cards. We decided to walk to the Tanks Museum; basically they are old fuel tanks from WW2 which were used to fuel all the planes from Cairns Airport. We had to walk 3.5KM to get there and once we were there we found it was inside the Botanical Gardens. The Tanks were not brilliant one was used as and Art gallery, this was good, the other two however were used for music shows and the other for function and these two were closed. After looking at the art we found there were looks of walks around the botanical gardens, the visitor Centre were really helpful and explained the best walks and routes, supplied us with maps ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 18th 2015

Hi All, A rest day in Cairns was on the itinerary today; having a lie-in until 8.30am was definitely needed. We also needed extra sleep after the disturbed night due to this drunken German girl getting into our room claiming she had lost her phone but she went after about 15 minutes. This morning we cooked scrambled eggs and bacon on toast in the hostel kitchen then we sat in the common area drinking free tea, chatting, and planning the next week down the east coast. We’ve selected our next two bus journeys with ‘Premier’ (stopping at Mission beach and then to Airily Beach). We’ve decided to only take one of the free nights accommodation that came with booking a tour through the hostel as it would mean spending an extra day here so losing out ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 17th 2015

A good flight to Cairns with a magnificent sunset at 33000 feet. We were met at the airport and taken to the hotel in Port Douglas, about an hour away. The road followed the coast and was quite windy, however we did not see much as it was pitch black so we will have to wait for the return trip for the scenery. As we were arriving late we had been given a code to enter in the key safe to get access to our room. On the way to the room we met a couple who came from Titchfield, just a couple of miles from home, how odd is that. The room turned out to be a fully equipped apartment and we subsequently learnt that we had been given an upgrade again, what luck. After ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 17th 2015

Hi People, We left the couch surfers home at 7am, where we had a taxi booked to take us to the airport. We flew on a delayed flight about 9.30am to Cairns. With the clocks changing on the way, we arrived in Cairns at 11.30am. Virgin Australia never gives food or snacks out on their flights so we had to buy a sandwich (that we shared) on the flight. We got a free pick up from the airport to the hostel-always makes us happy! We are staying in Asylum hostel, which is the cheapest hostel we could find in Cairns ($15/£8 per night each for a dorm room) but it does have mixed reviews on trip advisor, but actually we quite like it. We are staying in a 6 bed dorm room, which is clean and ... read more
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