Green Island (Great Barrier Reef)

Trip Start May 18, 2004
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, July 7, 2012

I got up at ten to seven and as soon as the hostel reception opened, I checked out, leaving my baggage, and headed for Reef Terminal. It should have been a 15 minutes' walk from the hostel to the terminal, but I bought breakfast on my way. So I arrived at the terminal at 7:40. I quickly found my tour boat saying Great Adventure and tried to get on board. Then a Japanese female staff kindly told me to check in the tour at the building near the boat. However, another Japanese female staff at the counter was blunt and I thought she was a typical Japanese girl working in Australia... Anyway, I met a young Japanese boy on the boat. He said he came to Australia on his own on the previous day. I expected him as a backpacker, but he was just a package tourist. Anyway, he was a nice guy and I thought it was an idea to be with him for the day, but after we arrived at Green Island, I had to leave him to join a glass bottom boat tour. 

I took the tour, because I didn't have a waterproof camera to take photos in the sea. Most of the passengers were middle-aged Japanese. Although the glass on the bottom of the boat was not clean and I had a seasick, I was barely able to take some pictures. Even after I came back to the island, I was sick for a while, lying on a bench. After that, I walked down to the beach just next the pier. There were many people enjoying snorkelling and the Japanese boy I met in the cabin was also there. He couldn't swim, but he was trying snorkelling. After I had snack, I also rented snorkelling gear and got into the sea. The water was so cold that I moved father from the beach little by little. Then I dived, but partly because of my bad eyesight and maybe partly because of unclear water, I couldn't see reef. So I gave up snorkelling soon. It was totally a waste of money. Maybe it is better to try sea walker next time. 

After I returned the snorkelling gear, I left for a walk around the island. The small island had a good trail around it and it didn't take much time to go the circuit of the island. I watched parasailing skiers on the way and a helicopter hoovering around the sea. Those were the activities I should have tried in the island. I found a crocodile farm, but it was not attractive enough for me to pay AUD18. Incidentally, the farm keeps the world's largest crocodile Cassius. I really had nothing to do until my boat would depart at 14:30. I didn't like the island very much as well as the tour... Just before I got on the boat, I found a sea turtle floating near the pier. That was all the luck I had on the island.  

When I came back to Cairns, there was a weekend market and the Mandolin Festival going on in the esplanade lagoon area. I got through the market, dropping by at a stall sometimes, but nothing was interesting. Eventually, I just had dinner in the food court again and spent the rest of my time in Cairns surfing the Net at my hostel. I was not so satisfied with that Cairns trip, but it was time to leave. I collected my baggage and headed for the airport by shuttle bus. My flight left Cairns at 7 pm and arrived at Sydney at 10 pm. Then I checked in the hostel where I had stayed two weeks ago. On the next day, I enjoyed sightseeing in the Rocks with a weekend market. It was the first time to visit the Rocks in seven years. Seven years ago, I felt miserable after Jenny had left me and I just wandered around the area without thinking about anything... Although I was not interested in the streets this time too, it was good to spend a half day without spending a single dollar. 

 
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