Rainforest and Waterfalls!

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, August 25, 2008

Entry Picture Link: http://picasaweb.google.com.au/ThreeVagabonds/UncleBriansTourTheGreatBarrierReef

On a rainy and cold Monday, August 25 we woke up at 7 a.m. and hopped on Uncle Brian's Tour Bus. "Cousin Paul" was our tour guide/driver for the day. We heard amazing things about this tour - that it was very original, friendly, and different - but we had no idea what to expect!

Cousin Paul took us around in Gus the Bus to see amazing rain-forest, rock slides, waterfalls and platypuses (yes, the plural of platypus is platypuses). We had no idea how diverse and rich the rain-forest was - so much to see and do in just a 12-hour day. We made about 5 different stops during the day including a CUTE bed and breakfast for a homemade (and warm) lunch, a few different waterfalls, a giant tree that we we all had to hug, and a small old lady on the side of the road that waves her stuffed animals around at Gus the Bus everyday!

The day was SO cold and SO rainy, but we think that Cousin Paul is perhaps a motivational speaker. He managed to talk ALL of us on the bus (about 15 of us from all over - Adelaide, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands) into jumping into FREEZING cold water and sliding down rock slides... and our favorite part... swimming in the famous Millaa Millaa Falls (http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/things-to-see-and-do/millaa-millaa-falls/index.cfm). Millaa Millaa is the site of many music videos and commercials. We learned that whenever something contains the same word twice, it's the aboriginal way of exaggerating something. So Millaa Millaa Falls is a REALLY big waterfall. Don't worry. We took lots of pictures to capture the whole day!! As soon as these hostel computers beging cooperating... we'll post them.

Despite the bad weather, the tour was absolutely amazing. Between each stop Cousin Paul played music that synchronized with the location/road... especially the steep and windy roads up and down the rain-forest mountains! The day ended with a hug from Cousin Paul as he dropped us off at our hostel. Once back at Asylum, we quickly showered, put on our "Inmates of Asylum" t-shirts and began "Mad Monday" - a pub crawl that our hostel does every Monday. We'll spare you the details of this OUTRAGEOUS night. Needless to say, getting up at 6:30 a.m. the next day to pack up and hop on the boat to the Reef was NOT OK.
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