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CAPE TRIBULATION TO THE WHITSUNDAYS

HEADING DOWN THE EAST COAST

all seasons in one day 28 °C

HELLO ALL....ITS BEEN A WHILE SO LOTS TO TELL...
FROM CAIRNS I HEADED NORTH TO A PLACE CALLED CAPE TRIBULATION...ITS A POPULAR TRIP FROM HERE AND THE ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD WHERE THE RAINFOREST MEETS THE OCEAN. IF NOT FOR THE WEATHER THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN LOVELY AS THE BEACH WAS SO LONG AND BEAUTIFUL. I SPENT 2 NIGHTS HERE AND DURING MY STAY I WENT ON A 3 HOUR HORSE RIDE ALONG THE BEACH WITH 9 OTHERS IT WAS REALLY GOOD BUT MY HORSE(GONZO) WAS VERY LAZY WHEN IT CAME TO GALLOPPING AND I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD TO USE A STICK.

FROM CAPE TRIBULATION I HEADED BACK TO CAIRNS AND DID ANOTHER BOAT TRIP OUT ON THE REEF FOR SOME SNORKELLING. THIS TIME SEEING A FAMILY OF TURTLES... I WAS SO AMAZED I FOLLOWED THEM ROUND FOR HALF AN HOUR,EVEN WITH MY DODGY DOGGIE PADDLING IT WAS VERY EASY TO KEEP UP WITH THEM AS THEY ARE SO CHILLED OUT AND SO FRIENDLY(SO GLAD I HAD A DISPOSABLE CAMERA FOR THE PICS)

SKY DIVE
WHAT A BUZZ...1 HOUR SOUTH OF CAIRNS IS MISSION BEACH A FAMOUS SPOT FOR SKY DIVERS OVER THE GREAT BARRIER REEF...GOTTA GIVE IT A GO I GUESS.
I DIDNT EAT ALL DAY KNOWING I WAS GONNA BE JUMPING 14,OOO FEET WHO WOULD?
I WAS SO SCARED. THE PLANE WAS TINY AND I DIDNT THINK IT WOULD EVEN GET OFF THE GROUND. MY INSTRUCTOR WAS WINDING ME UP ALL THE WAY KNOWING HOW NERVOUS I WAS. AT 5,000 FT WERE SO HIGH I COULDNT BELIEVE WE HAD ANOTHER 9,000 TO GO!!
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOUR ON THE EDGE OF THE PLANE LOOKING DOWN AND YOUR GONE 1 AFTER THE OTHER. AND WOW.... 1 WHOLE MINUTE OF FREE FALLING WITH THE MOST AMAZING VIEWS EVER THEN 4 MINUTES WITH THE CHUTE OPEN MAKE THIS THE BEST THING IVE EVER DONE. I WAS SO HIGH FOR HOURS AFTERWARDS AND WOULD HAVE GONE AGIAN STRAIGHT AWAY IT WAS JUST BRILLIANT.

THE TRIP DOWN THE COAST TOOK A FEW DAYS TO PLAN. I DECIDE TO TRAVEL WITH THE IRISH GIRLS FOR COMPANY.
WE TRAVEL ON THE GREYHOUND BUS A SIT IS A CHEAP AND EASY WAY TO TRAVEL. FIRST STOP IS MAGNETIC ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF TOWNSVILLE.
THE ISLAND IS FAIRLY SMALL BUT PRETTY, WE HAVE 2 NIGHTS HERE SO WE RENT A VERY SMALL PINK AND WHITE OPEN TOP CAR TO BUZZ AROUND THE ISLAND IN. THE TWO IRISH GIRLS ARE BLONDE SO THEY LOOKED ALOT LIKE BARBIE BUT IM NOT SURE IT SUITED ME!!!!!

OUR NEXT STOP IS AIRLIE BEACH ANOTHER 6 HOURS SOUTH. FROM HERE WE GO SAILING ON THE WHITSUNDAYS.....A COLLECTION OF 74 ISLANDS OFF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF.
AIRLIE BEACH IS VERY BUSY AND EXPENSIVE AND GETS YOU IN THE HOLIDAY MODE.
OUR BOAT IS CALLED THE CLIPPER AND WE ARE ON IT FOR 3 DAYS AND 2 NIGHTS.
THERE ARE 50 OF US ALTOGETHER ON THE BOAT SO ITS VERY MUCH 1 BIG PARTY. WE SET OFF AT 2PM AND A HUGH STORM SETS IN.....NOT A GOOD START. THE WEATHER CHANGES WITHIN AN HOUR AND WE HAVE A FANTASTIC 3 DAYS OF GLORIOUS SUNSHINE,LOTS OF SNORKELLING AND GREAT FOOD.
ONE OF THE BEACHES WE STOP OFF AT IS CALLED WHITEHAVEN BEACH....AND ALTHOGH SEEEING THE PICTURES THEY DONT DO IT JUSTICE..IT IS JUST MAGNIFICENT.

THE DAY AFTER GETTING OFF THE BOAT I REALLY WANT TO SEE THE REEF FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE SO I DECIDE TO TAKE AN HOURS SCENIC FLIGHT OVER THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND THE 74 WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS. THIS WAS THE ONLY WAY I WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE AND PHOTOGRAPH THE HEART REEF AS ITS NOT ACCESSABLE BY BOAT.
THE FLIGHT WAS INCREDIBLE LANDING ONCE ON WHITEHAVEN BEACH AND ONCE IN THE WATER IT WAS MONEY WORTH SPENT AND I MUST HAVE TAKEN ABOUT A HUNDRED PICS OF THE REEF AND ISLANDS AS THE COLOURS AND VIEWS WERE JUST UN REAL.

ALL THIS RELAXING ON A BOAT AND DRINKING IS EXHAUSTING AND NEXT WE HAVE A 12 HOUR OVERNITE BUS TO RAINBOW ISLAND................

Posted by TUTS 20:06 Archived in Australia Tagged round_the_world

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