Where The Reef Meets The Rainforest
Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
13Trip End Jun 11, 2009
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We spent the weekend in the Yorkies Knob Boat club inaugural Barramundi Fishing Tournament. It was good fun but it rained pretty much throughout the weekend. We didn't manage to catch any barramundi but we caught a couple different smaller fish which we cooked up into a fish sandwich. Despite none of us on the boat catching a fish we all won door prizes, I got a knife kit (should be easy to get through customs), Tarrah got a set of lures and Kent got a rod
I spent the next few days exploring the city of Cairns. One thing that was surprising is that the 3 km stretch of beach that is next to the city is followed by a huge mud flat. Apparently 100 years ago it was all pristine beach, but over the course of 40 years the city had been dredging out its waterway for large ships to pass into its harbor and eventually all this mud came back to cover there beaches. I thought it was a little funny and a little bit sad. The actual city of Cairns does not offer a whole lot, hostels, restaurants and a lot of shopping. The most interesting thing I found was a really neat aboriginal art gallery. The art is really unique from anything I have really seen before. Apparently they use sticks and other things to paint dots onto huge canvases that get up to size of a full wall.
A couple days ago I went to visit one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. I set out from Port Douglas which is a cute little town north of Cairns which has some really nice stores and restaurants. The tour visited 3 locations which where on the outer barrier reef which is the best place to visit because of the rich nutrient waters that come from the Pacific
I finish on another post as this is getting a little long.