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Finding Nemo

Gary Ponder - Adrenalin Junkie

sunny 33 °C
View Gary & Vicki Ponder-Payne tour 2008 on GPonder76's travel map.

From Melbourne we headed north to Cairns in tropical Queensland. It was damn hot at 33 degrees and humid so we kept seeking air conditioned buildings or jumping into pools.

On our first day we took the Uncle Brian's Fun, Forest & Falls tour with Cousin Kai who took us on a rainforest walk and to several stunning waterfalls including one we could slide down into the rock pool. This was a really fun day out.
We also visited a waterfall which is famous for 2 things, does anyone recognise it? Vicki re-enacted one scene but Gary didn't have the abs to impersonate Peter Andre.

The reason for coming to Cairns was to see the Great Barrier Reef so we took a boat trip aboard Ocean Freedom to Upolu Cay and the Wonder Wall. We intended to just snorkell the reef but then Gary decided to step up to the adrenalin challenge and give Scuba Diving a go. We both thoroughly enjoyed this view of the reef and found diving an exhilarating experience. We saw lots and lots of fish and even managed to find Nemo.
We touched a giant Clam which instantly closed it's jaws and also picked up a Sea Cucumber. Amazing!

We were so impressed by the Great Barrier Reef boat and dive experience that we took a scenic helicopter ride to check out the reef from above.

On our remaining day in Queesland we took the scenic railway to Kuranda with a skyrail return.
Whilst in Kuranda we visited the Koala park and met another Frank and his son pictured below.

While we were in Cairns there was a full moon, which coincided with the moon being closest in it's orbit to the earth so it was 12% larger than normal. It looked stunning over the bay.

Posted by GPonder76 23:00 Archived in Australia Tagged tourist_sites

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