Wild Rover

Trip Start Jun 26, 2009
Trip End Jun 29, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, March 25, 2010

We spent the night at Town of 1770, so called as a tribute to the year of the Country's discovery, although little exists in the area to celebrate this fact. The story as we boarded the boat to Lady Musgrove Island is that this is the site that Captain Cook arrived at on his second arrival to Australia, and on the bicentennial the town (formerly Round Hill) was then changed to its current name. But we did not come here for 1770, we came here to visit Lady Musgrove Island. We were all supplied with sickbags before we took off, not thinking much of this at the time, we sat back and began to enjoy the 2 1/2 hour journey out to our destination. Enjoyment was short lived as we were thrown about and rocked by a very strong and choppy current, One by one the passengers turned white, then green, then grabbed their sick bags for the inevitable. For some reason, maybe partly due to Iron stomachs developed by Asian food for 8 months, or the regular white knuckle bus rides in the same area, or perhaps it was the ChupaChups we were sucking, but neither Anna nor myself were ill during that journey. This was met with a suprised congratulations from the crew on our arrival, unusual thing to be impressed with.
We turned in to a natural canal created by the shallow waters approaching Lady Musgrove, where I first noticed that the water was a dazzling sapphire as far as you could see, only broken by the white sands of the island in the distance, it looked like we were in paradise, and no, we had not died on the boat ride across!
Just enough time was given to gear up and get on another boat, for the main purpose of this trip was to dive. We had researched (by 'we' I mean Anna researched while I watched TV), and had found this was a site where we could view the great barrier reef, fulfilling one of our trips' desires we thought may have passed us due to the Cyclone hitting earlier that week.
We were taken to a dive site where we witnessed coral of the reef, and true to reports a lot of this is dying out, although there were rare areas of brilliant colours and arrangements showing how it all once was. A real treat on the way back in was the party of wild dolphins that swam past us on the surface.Our second dive after lunch was in comparatively shallow waters, but we were able to feed the fish and see more of the untouched coral, making it a much more interesting dive. There was just enough time after tea and scones to go out for a third time, this occasion with the snorkels,and see more of the aquatic wildlife before we made the trip back. This was fortunately to be a far less traumatic event than getting there.
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