Ready To Set Sail In The Whitsundays

Trip Start Jan 23, 2006
Trip End Apr 26, 2006

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hello Everyone,
Went we last wrote we were headed out of the lovely city of Syndey and out to Port Maquorie. We made a quick stop at Bondi Beach (a must see for any Australian visit), and walked along the Bluie bombarded shores. Well if you don't know what a bluie is, it is a very beautiful but very painful jellyfish (also know as the Portuguese Man of War). The float or body of the blue bottle measures between 3 to 15 cms. The tentacles can range in length from 15 cms up to 10 metres(like 30 feet)!. For some reason there were a ton washed up on shore and even more floating in the water, but the strangest thing is that people were swimming! We saw people go into the water and then a few of them running out of the water hopping on one leg and yelling. I mean if you saw a ton of jellyfish on the shore would you go running into the water? Not me! It was pretty cool because a bunch of kids and surfers began poping the jellyfish floats and they made a very rewarding popping sound! We drove up to Port Maquorie that night and stayed at a routy beachside motel, but it was cheap and the rooms were clean. The next morning we headed to the Billabong Koala Breeding Center and got there just in time for the Koala petting. They were all so cute and the slept in the nokes of trees with there claws dug in so they wouldn't fall over. The keeper woke a couple of them up and brought out a very cute and soft Koala to play. She really just wanted to ge back to sleep, but was very oblidging to all of us and let us pet and pose with her. We feed and played with Kangaroos and there were these crazy albino Kangaroos and Emus all around us. There were no cages either and you could just walk around with tons of Kangaroos bouncing all over the place. We saw tons of animals, birds, and a close up view of all the deadly very poisonous snakes of Australia. We were there right when they recieved 2 baby Tipans (worlds deadliest snake) and when they released them into their enclosure. Needless to say they were a little pissed and of course Conor tapped on the glass and they reared up and tried to strike him through the glass, I of course screamed and they freaked out even more, and of course we are now freaked out that they are all around us in the wild....and they are! We also saw Wombats (Nicole I was thinking of you the whole time!) and they were much bigger than I thought and really cute! So after our animal adventure we headed up the cosat to Byron Bay. Byron is supposed to be very beautiful and nice, but unfortatly it was pouring down rain and we didn't see too much. The beaches were closed, which good because the wicked waves and high tide made the beach obsolate. The waves were huge and no one was surfing them. We drove up to Surfer's Paradise, and along the way stopped at Tweeds Head. Again it was pouring down rain and the waves were huge. This area claimed to be the best surfing spot in the world, so it didn't come of too much of a surprise to find the Billabong and Roxy Surf Contest there. The powerful surf had postponed it for the time being, but we walked around looking for the surfing legends walking along the shore. Kelly Slater ended up wining the compatition, but we never did spot him. What we did spot was a crazy foam that covered the shores(an effect that only happens every 2 years at the rise of a King Tide), and kids playing in the foamy tides. We then headed to Surfer's Paradise and walked along the boardwalk (in the rain) and the many surf shops. We stayed only one night and shot up through Brisbane (nothing to see) and up to Tin Can Bay. Great spot with dolphin feedings and great prices on Cabins. We pushed on to the Hervey Bay and the pushing off point to Fraiser Island. We were torn on shelling out almost $300 to ride in a bumpy 4x4 and see beaches that we couln't swim at and only stop at the beautful lake for 5 minutes. So we chose to take the ferry over and take advantage of the free pools and lagoons at the Fraiser Islan Resort. We enjoyed the day and even got a little sunburn (first sun in days, sorry Todd). We drove up to the Whitsundays the next day, which is a feat since it is about 800km apart. We got caught in some seriously heavy downpour on the way, but thankfully we miss the flooded roads! This is were we are today. We have booked ourselves on a 3 day - 2 night sailing cruise around the Whitsunday Islands. We are so excited, and although it is raining right now the weather says it should clear up this weekend. I hope so!! We leave in the Morning and should be back in 3 days. They supplied stinger suits and they supply all the meals too! We hope mother nature supplies us with lots of sunshine and sunsets. We love you all and miss you so much. Juls I am still waiting for a Coop video! Happy Birthday to Scott Mcdonald-March 10th! Happy Birthday Greg Angily - March 13th! and Happy Birthday Elena Calabrese - March 15th! We wish we could be there to celebrate!
Lots of love,
Molly and Conor
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