Tin Can Bay Dolphins!

Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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, Cooloola National Park,
Thursday, May 17, 2012

I came for the dolphins...and it wasn't easy. A greyhound from Noosa dropped me off at the corner of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach roads. The very nice driver (turns out Aussies are every bit as nice as the Kiwis!) called ahead for a taxi that Duncan, the hotel manager suggested. Fortunately, Duncan tipped me off about the fare, so when I told the taxi driver that I was expecting a $20 ride, the $38 meter turned off. Anyone who knows my aversion to expensive taxis can imagine my anxiety as the meter ticked faster than any I'd ever seen- the trip took maybe 10 minutes!
Tin Can Bay is a really tiny coastal town with a post office, a grocery store and a library. Would've gone there yesterday to get out of the rain, but it closes at 1:30 on Wednesdays :) definitely need to drop in today to figure out how to leave Tin Can Bay! Must admit that it's nice to have a hotel room for a change... all the hot water and bad TV I want! I have no phone reception and only planned as far as my next my next destination, but not how to get there...
It might just be bird watcher's heaven though. The birds are SO loud it's like the Symphony. I stood under a giant blue gum tree to get out of the rain and dozens of rainbow lorikeets flew from tree to tree for cover. Saw these kookaburras (?) fighting over a treat on the power lines.
I love Mystique! He's a 2.7m, 150 kilo, 21 year-old, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin that lives in Snapper Creek and he's beautiful! His favorite girlfriend, Patches (he has 4 others, and 5 kids) came to visit also. Sadly, the baby- Squirt- didn't show up today. They're river and estuary dolphins that hunt and play in waters up to 18m deep for their favorite food- squid.
Mystique was covered in scratches from fights he was in this week- the price to pay as the alpha male defending your family if 10.
Figured out how to get to Rainbow Beach- $4 by bus. My opportunistic taxi driver conveniently met me at the dolphins this morning and offered to take me for $60- no thank you!
Took a short hike to Carlo Sandblow- named for Captain Cook's first mate. Learned how to throw (but not catch) a boomerang. Watched a group of local kids rehearsing for the GALA (entry fee $5 :) ) opening of the Rainbow Beach Community Center this Saturday- very cute.
Kaye would have been so proud if me - cooked sweet potato, brocolli and chick pea curry, abd it was good! Stayed up late listening to Irish Alan Kelly from Noosa pretty much play my iPod (with the addition of a didgeridoo player). He was awesome!
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judy langley on

Thanks for taking me with you. Your travel-logue and photos are priceless. Where do you get so much energy and courage?

Roberta on

Great photo of the lorikeets and other birds and dolphins!!

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