Verandahs Boutique Apartments
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... and apparently it is a 'clothes optional' beach............I was going to say famous at last but maybe infamous is more like it!!
As we went to have the coffee, fruit, muffins and tim tams (they are lush) the heavens opened! It was proper rain but it never stopped us - we did think twice about where we stood as we had our good white jimmies on!
Further into the rain forest we travelled and went on ...
... ride that was just leaving for its last trip of the day and it only operates on Sunday's so off we went. It takes you around the town on the outer edge past all the big resorts. When it gets to the end they unhook the engine and it goes on a track that takes it to a turn around then one old man pulls it around then it goes to the other end connects up then back the way we came. A few of the people used it to get to their ...
... coffee. We then bought a replacement camera which is also shockproof and even more waterproof so hopefully it will survive! We popped down to the harbour to grab Mike's waterproof jacket he'd left there when we went diving the week before - luckily it was still there.
I then had a dark chocolate sorbet that I'd been thinking about since I'd seen it the week before and it was worth it.
Back at the hostel, we tried to upload some blogs whilst waiting for our washing but ...
... so I was a bit too preoccupied constantly clearing this to enjoy the dive fully. Still, whilst down there, we came across a lovely leopard shark resting on the sea bed. We floated around watching for a few moments before it decided to leave and it looked like it was swimming right towards me. Thankfully it changed course and swam off.
Before the second dive site my guide noticed I had a bit of stubble going on which might have been preventing a good seal on my mask - so offered me ...
... The other local hero is the Cassowary Bird – a relative of the ostrich, this non-flyer is taller than I am, eats enormous amounts of forest fruit and acts at the best re-seeding agent through its impressive piles of droppings. The population is fragile and are protected both with laws and the affection of locals.
Our week at Great Barrier Reef Stop 1 was a good one. Not done yet!