The Great Barrier Reef. Finally!
The Clownfish, not often sighted here because it lives in 'soft coral'. Nevertheless, it embodies the image of the Reef
Australia's Great Barrier Reef runs for thousands of kilometres up the coast of Queensland. You can see the main parts of it here in darker blue.
Our apartments were right on the beach on a beautiful stretch of Palm trees. The name of the town was Palm Cove. Befitting.
On the balcony of our room
A great view down to the water's edge.
My birthday dinner at our apartments.
Again Taki spoiled me with flowers for my birthday. Always thoughtful.
One of the 3 pools at our apartments "The Alamanda".
I don't love heights, so I was skeptical about our Helicopter flight. But I kept telling myself 'once in a lifetime, once in a lifetime'.
We took off and I loved it. This was the Sheraton at Port Douglas. Probably the number one hotel in Queensland.
The Reef from our chopper.
You can see the outer edge of the Reef from the Helicopter. I reccomend going by chopper if you can.
More of the reef where you can see all manner of wild life.
I was in the front passenger seat so had a view of my feet and the world below.
The Quicksilver was set up for tourists and we were going to land.
We landed close by and were ferried to the Quicksilver
Soon were in an underwater mini-submarine. Good fun watching all the coral and fish.
Snorkelling time. You have to wear these suits because of the stinging jellyfish in the water.
Perhaps not the most flattering of apparel?
It was sad to be leaving our little piece of paradise. But it fulfilled my dreams of seeing our Great Barrier Reef.
As we drove back to the apartments, Taki found a crazy beach near Pebbly & Ellis beaches, where people made random 'rock balancing statues'. Quite beautiful, there were thousands of them.
More of the rock balancing statues.
A beautiful stretch of coast looking back down from Port Douglas.
Breakfast on our last day.
The Australian Kookaburra, known for it wonderful 'laugh'.
We went to the local Crocodile farm and Sanctuary. We certainly weren't disappointed. These fellas were MONSTROUS!
But to soften the image of the crocodiles, I got to hold a beautiful, cuddly Koala. Gorgeous things that sleep most of the time.