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Mar 16, 2014 - Fabulous Rainforest Trip

Any day trip which starts with a huge scone, cream & jam has to be good and the trip to the Daintree Rain forest, Cape Tribulation & the Mossman Gorge was amazing. Our first stop was to meet one of the tribal elders who own the Mossman Gorge and have set up a cultural exchange centre to engage with First Nation peoples from all over the world, a very interesting and far thinking project. We were invited to take part in a smoke ceremony where the spirits of local ancestors were asked to take care of us on our journey through the forest, one...

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Mar 15, 2014 - Great Barrier Reef

Today was the long awaited trip to the Outer Barrier Reef, part of the reason for coming to Port Douglas. We were collected early and transported to the marina , boarded a large catamaran and set off towards the reef with about 100 others! The destination was the Agincourt Reef about 12 miles off the coast where a large pontoon was moored. The structure is very cleverly designed with a lower observation deck allowing viewing of the reef & marine life without getting wet. We decided not to go in to the water as there were stingers around (...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Lazy Day

As we have no organised trips today I decided to relax and have had a sleepy day catching up with this blog. Of course Mr L is unable to relax for more than a few minutes so he spent the afternoon at a Wildlife park a couple of miles up the road. He seems to have had a great time and has been up close & personal with kangaroos, wallabies, parrots, crocodiles etc. We had another wander round town this morning and have booked for dinner at a little place with a view of the beach. Dinner was great, as per usual we ran into a whole lot of Brits!

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Mar 13, 2014 - Heading north

In an action beyond the call of duty Heather & Hayley got up really early to take us to the airport for our flight to Cairns for the next phase of the trip. The 3 hour plus flight was effortless and we were met at the airport & transported to Port Douglas which is our base for the trips to the Barrier Reef & Rainforest. It is very hot & steamy here and our wander round town turned into a bit of a route march, nothing a nice cold drink couldn't fix. We dined in the hotel which is really nice - we have a spa on our balcony - the only...

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Feb 21, 2014 - last day at GBR

Hello from Port Douglas, Australia, on Friday, the 22nd around 8:30 AM. If you look on the map you will find this little town on the NE side of the country, north of Sydney and Cairns. From here it is a 90 minute catamaran ride to the GBR (Great Barrier Reef). The cat holds about 300 people, so it is pretty big. We did that trip yesterday. You ride the cat to a platform at the reef, which has opportunities to snorkel, scuba, take a helicopter ride or take a short trip in a semi-submersible (a boat that is above the water on top, but the...

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Bucket list

Oct 16, 2013 - Wetherby Station

Wed., Oct. 18th This was a busy day – but all of our days have been such. We took off, heading north up the coast on Cook Road, so called because Captain Cook had discovered this part of Australia, or “Oz”, what the locals sometimes call their home, a nice nickname for this wonderful country, don’t you think? We passed cane fields and lovely beaches on the Coral Sea, completely devoid of humans. Yvonne explained the dangers of swimming alone, and foremost was not the shark, but the boxed jellyfish, whose sting is highly toxic, causing death...

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Shinns Down Under

Jul 2, 2013 - Touring the Cairns Zoo and finding Platypus in Yungaburra

We had seen a Cassowary in the rainforest with Kevin, one of only 1000 still living in the wild. Today was our day to get to see one close up and realize Callista's wish of holding a Koala. The Cairns Zoo is our destination this morning bright and early. We were booked for a personal zoo tour that included feeding and/or holding some of the zoo animals. They started Callista with the Kangaroos. The Ring-tailed Lemur cage was next up. We got to go right in the cages with both these animals. The Cassowary was next. Could not go into the cage,...

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Jul 1, 2013 - Daintree Dreaming Tour (Aboriginal Cultural Experience)

The native tour today started on the beach with spears and instructions on being quick and watchful. Ominous. But, surprisingly, the tucker bucket was soon getting a good variety of sea life. After gathering our 'tucker', we headed to the native guide's home where his mother cooked up the fresh catch. Callista said it was the best crab she had ever tasted. There was also a snack cake that his mother had made that was really yummy. The guide who drove us out and back gave a good narration of landmarks along the way. And, he took us to a...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Port Douglas New Zealand

Wayne's geocaching buddy advised us to go to Port Douglas on Sunday and visit the Sunday Markets. We started our day with breakfast at a sidewalk cafe and Wayne checked his gps while we waited for our food. We know we will find at least one geocache today!! :D The markets were well attended. It was hot today and I was thinking, "glad it's their winter!!" Lots of fun stuff to look at and a few that were worthy of 'luggage space'. It was fun to go there and see all the different ideas. The kid peddling the sugar cane juicer made it look like...

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Jun 28, 2013 - The Great Barrier Reef Australia

Today we went with a large group because Wayne wouldn't be swimming. There was so much to do with the large group such as semi-submersibles, permanent submersibles, as well as a huge docking port where he could be comfortable without seasickness. Callista and I snorkeled for a while and she went back to the boat so I ventured out farther by myself and had fun with the water camera Wayne gave me. Lots of pictures of fish and all kinds of sea life. Getting good color shots of the reef wasn't easy today as it was overcast but I took lots of...

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Mar 7, 2013 - Croc farm

Today was the last touring day of our journey.. sniff sniff. We decided to call the lady from the croc farm that was good friends of Linda's (from the B&B in Hunter Valley). She gave us a great discount on getting into the farm and we were able to feed the crocs. Clint was a bit more excited about this than I was! We spent the whole morning here touring around on a boat and throughout the farm. It was quite interesting and what a scorcher o a day it was! I think the 'feels like' from the humidity up here made it 45 today.. We were just...

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Engagement honeymoon

Feb 24, 2013 - The great Great Barrier Reef

What an amazing day we had today. We took a Quicksilver cruise to the Agincourt ribbon reefs which are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reefs environment, part of the Great Barrier Reef. We had an hour and a half journey to reach the large, spacious activity platform at Agincourt reef. We had three and a half hours at the reef in which to snorkel, use the underwater observatory fish and coral viewing and go on the semi-submersible vessel. We did them all. Roger who is a non swimmer, put on a flotation jacket and for the...

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