Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
77Trip End May 21, 2011
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Anyway, the wannabe-Aussie Belgian took us to our hostel, 'Traveller's Oasis,’ which we really liked. We embraced the tourist scene on arrival and attended the Aussie BBQ that night. It seemed to involve eating Australian animals: crocodile, emu and kangaroo. All pretty good actually. There was a didgeridoo competition at the BBQ and, oddly for me, I put up my hand and suddenly I was in front of 50 people and 2 other contestants ready to attempt to make any kind of noise through an aboriginal instrument
The next day, I was strapped up, tipped into a horizontal position and pulled 75 metres backwards into the air. I hung there, high up next to the rainforest canopy, and had to pull a release cord in my own time. I waved to Eleanor far below and then dropped on about 5 metres of slack before being rocketed 120 kph through the jungle! I loved the sensation of flying through the air, weightless, and being only accompanied by the noise of the jungle. It was a memorable experience that made me think that I should enter more random competitions in future (although the exception will always be karaoke competitions!).
Later that day, we wandered around Cairns and dipped in and out of the many tourist shops. Apart from good nightlife, Cairns was also well equipped to support outdoor healthy lifestyles, especially with its free salt-water lagoon (an artificial beach positioned right next to the sea), free BBQ’s, and a walkway that ran for 4km alongside the sea edge that went alongside outdoor fitness areas, playgrounds and skate parks
The next day, we joined the crowds in the harbour and boarded a boat to visit the famous Great Barrier Reef. This was something that we both had looked forward to doing for a long time. We opted for a slightly more expensive boat called the ‘Silver Swift’ because it was fast and apparently went to better snorkelling sites. So we got our seats, loaded our plates with muffins and biscuits, and sat in anticipation for the day ahead.
We were kitted out with mask, snorkels and flippers and flattering sting suits since we were travelling in jellyfish season and we weren’t taking any risks. When the boat stopped we plunged in eagerly and were treated to an underwater world of kaleidoscopic colour. We visited three different sites in total and had quite a long time in the water. Every time we snorkel we can never believe just how beautiful and busy the world is below the calm surface