Cook Shire

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  • Day4

    Revisitation of the Reef

    February 15 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    In 2015 we were on a different island here on the Great Barrier Reef, called Orpheus. On that trip we went out on a boat to snorkel the Reef and yesterday we repeated the trip. We actually sit on the Reef here at Lizard but we sailed out about 30 minutes away to find a favoured spot. There were 5 other guests on the boat and it turned out all the others were scuba diving and as Tracy was sunbathing on the front of the boat ....only Ken was snorkelling! The good news was Ken was accompanied by the official resort camera man and two other guides, so had plenty of “fish spotters” pointing out lots of fish he would have missed. It was a great trip revealing sharks, rays, giant eels and a host of fish. We are arrived back weary but full of fish stories!Read more

  • Day1

    Hats off to the Jelly Fish!

    February 12 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

    Today was our first full day here on Lizard Island. The weather was perfect and after a substantial breakfast we set up on the beach outside our villa for some serious sunbathing. The last time we were in Australia Tracy bought an Ecuadorian sun hat (at a considerable cost!) and promptly took it to Portugal, where it remains. Tracy decided she needed another sun hat and unfortunately (for Ken) the boutique was open and she found one! After a pleasant morning lying on the beach Ken decided to go for a swim and snorkel. We were advised by the resort to wear a “stinger suit” and after seeing a number of jelly fish on the beach and in the sea Ken agreed to wear the suit! Getting in and out of the suit would have made a hilarious video but, fortunately for Ken, Tracy could not stop laughing long enough to get the camera out!Read more

  • Day6

    Wow what a whopper!

    February 17 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    The Australians will tell you that the waters around the Great Barrier Reef are the best for fishing in the whole world. Well yesterday we put that to the test and went out for some deep sea fishing. This was the first time Tracy had ever fished with a rod and a reel and it proved to be a great introduction! We sailed out with another couple and when the guys rigged up the rods the first thing we noticed was that the lures we would be using were bigger than the fish we had caught in the Philippines! The second thing we noticed was that the boat kept moving so that it appeared our lures were swimming to the big fish we were after. Initially it looked like we were going to be unlucky and not catch anything when suddenly Tracy’s rod bent over double and she was called up to bring in a huge Spanish Mackerel! The guys even had to club it over the head to quieten it down. Great fun!
    Today is our last day here on Lizard Island and we packed up after lunch and flew back to Cairns where we will head down to Melbourne for the night. Tomorrow we fly across to Vietnam for the last leg and adventure of our 2019 trip.
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  • Day3

    Ken's Valentines Picnic with the birds

    February 14 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

    Today is the 14th February, the most romantic day of the year, and Tracy set Ken the task of coming up with something special! After much discussion with the staff here at Lizard Ken came up with concept of a little boat trip and then a picnic on one of Lizard’s many secret beaches. The original plan was for Ken to pilot the boat out to the secluded beach but once Tracy saw the amount of booze we were taking she sensibly insisted we got someone else to take us out and back! The seagulls here are clearly used to picnickers and they followed Ken around like dogs looking for scraps! We saw our first lizard today. These are not as big as the ones in the Philippines but it was still fun to find one.Read more

  • Day89

    Cooktown re-enactment

    June 11, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today was the annual reenactment in Cooktown of the first encounter between the Guuyu Yimithirr nation and the crew if HMB Endeavour. They aim to tell the story from both perspectives, which results in a richer account. I'd say there were a couple of thousand people watching. It's an accident I'm here just now ... a very happy accident.

    The word kangaroo comes from the language here (and that period of encounter) ... gangurru.
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  • Day12

    Australien - Der Roadtrip beginnt

    November 3, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Nach ca 4h Flug und weiteren 2h Zeitverschiebung, sind wir heute Morgen gut in Cairns angekommen. Unser Camper ist top und alles hat super funktioniert!

    Nach einer kleinen Strecke entlang der Küste sind wir nun in Port Douglas. Bei kühlem Wein und leckerem Essen haben wir den ersten Camping Abend eingeläutet. :-)Read more

  • Day22

    Strände von Cairns und Port Douglas

    November 25, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Heute ging es mit einem Mietwagen einen Tag an die Strände von Cairns (liegen ca. 15 Minuten außerhalb der Stadt) und nach Port Douglas 🏖 endlich wieder im richtigen Meer baden 😁😁😁 Yeahh 👌 wenn auch nur in gekennzeichneten Bereichen und mit Lifeguard.

    ...aber an diesen Stränden ist kein Mensch 😜 richtig geile Sandstrände und dann einfach mal (fast) keine Menschenseele. Das hab ich so auch noch nicht erlebt. Aber besser so für uns 😁😁😁☀️☀️☀️Read more

  • Day37

    Stranded in Townsville

    March 14, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Da es die Tage vor unserer Segeltour im Norden oben viel geregnet hat, waren die Strassen ab Townsville hoch nach Cairns für einige Tage gesperrt. Und da fast alle Mitglieder (Sophie und Tom mussten ihre Flüge umbuchen) der Blizzard Crew in Townsville waren, machten wir einen spontanen Ausflug zur Magnetic Island und gingen am Abend Pizza essen - war toll alle nochmals zu sehen😊
    Am Dienstag waren die Strassen wieder offen und wir konnten weiterfahren. Unterwegs wollten wir zu einem kleinen Wasserfall aber der Weg blieb Hippie leider versperrt (siehe Foto).
    Also fuhren wir weiter nach Tully und hoch bis zum Mission Beach.
    Da wir zeitlich gut drin sind, fuhren wir heute noch nach Port Douglas. Der Weg dorthin entlang der Küste ist vergleichbar mit der Great Ocean Road.
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  • Day57

    Ankunft Australien

    October 23, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    In Australien angekommen, freuten wir uns nach einer langen Reise auf unser für fünf Wochen gemietetes Auto. 🚙🇦🇺 Damit erkundeten wir erst einmal Port Douglas und frühstückten nach einer langen und erholsamen Nacht am Strand. 🥪☕️🏝

  • Day59

    60 Tag Port Douglas

    June 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Heute ging es auf eine Regenwald Tour🌴. Wir erlebten den schönen Regenwald von Australien🇦🇺. Wir konnten sehr viele schöne Fotos machen📷. Ausserdem gingen wir noch an einen Wasserfall, wo wir ein Aal entdeckten🔍. Wir sahen auch noch ein Kasuar, dass ist der gefährlichste Vogel der Welt (keine Angst wir betrachteten ihn aus der Ferne an)💀. Und danach genossen wir einen Sonnenuntergang der Schweizer art🇨🇭.

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