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  • Day5

    Mother's Day

    May 12, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    We had a great day - a Mother's Day lunch and gathering. We started the day with a special breakfast from Miles - waffles, fruit - strawberries, kiwifruit and raspberries - and cream too. We gave Mum a bunch of flowers. Before everyone arrived we visited Nathan & Caroline's new flat, which is just around the corner on a canal. Then we visited the new house that Meghan & Dominic have just moved too.
    For lunch we had all of the above and Caroline's parents. We have a big lunch - roast, vegies etc.

    It was great to see them all and catch up.
    Tomorrow we leave for Noosaville, but before that we need to pick up Mark & Penny at the Brisbane airport.
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  • Day8

    Beautiful Brisbane - Day 2

    January 28, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Before our tasty breakfast we did a big washing in the hotel laundry - how can we have got through so many clothes in a few days? We were then joined by my former social work colleague, Kylie, who had offered to meet up with us and show us around. It was great to see her again, and since I worked with her In Glasgow, she has returned to live on the Sunshine Coast with her husband Tam from Govan and their three children. Kylie took us on a trip to Mount Coot-tha, a favourite scenic point, which had fabulous views over the city of Brisbane. We then visited the beautiful Botanic Gardens, enjoying the shade offered by the huge variety of trees in view of the heat. On return to the city, we enjoyed a late tasty Greek lunch, before bidding farewell to Kylie after a most enjoyable day.

    Campbell and I then attended a small exhibition called Bittersweet, about the development of musical theatre in Australia. Although mostly obscure works we had never heard of, it included memorabilia and costumes from shows including The Boy From Oz and, of course, Priscilla. There was also mention of the latest hit musical, Muriel’s Wedding. Although it seems to have had great success here, I am not aware of any proposed productions on Broadway or the West End. The next Runway premiere perhaps? We then visited the much lauded Gallery of Modern Art, and on the way in we saw a pair of old boots on the steps outside. We wondered initially if these were actually one of the art exhibits, I have to say that the contents of the gallery were very highbrow, and we much preferred the architecture of the building to the art works themselves. Bring back Kelvingrove!

    We were planning on going to see the big show in town - The Book of Mormon - but as we both had seen the show before (Campbell twice!), and the fact that our body clock has still not quite adjusted to Australian time, we were worried we would fall asleep at the interval. Instead we settled for a walk round the old, historic quarter, viewing Parliament House, the Old Government Building and the City Botanic Gardens. By the time we walked over the pedestrian bridge over the river and caught the ferry back, it was certainly nearing our bedtime of 9pm.
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  • Day34

    Tannum Sands

    November 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Tannum Sands is just south of of the large port and industrial area of Gladstone. We wail visit there, but didn’t want to stay there so opted for a beach site.

    When we drove from Agnes Waters we stopped at a little restaurant called the Getaway Garden Cafe. We drove past it twice before we found it a little way down a side road. The restaurant was set in their lovely gardens. As we’d had a strenuous walk around the paperbark forest we thought we deserved a cup of iced coffee. We hadn’t had any b’fast so maybe a light snack ... but they’d finished serving that so it had to be an early lunch 😊. Jolly good it was too.

    We didn’t take the same road as we had travelled yesterday so no more photos ... never mind.

    During the journey I found out that Bertha can out accelerate a transporter with a huge digger on the back, but that catches us up on the flat!

    Before finding a caravan park, we spent an hour or so on the beach. Having seen the sign near the beach we went for a swim in the shallows before finding a caravan park, then off to the supermarket having decided that we would have a BBQ at one of the public BBQ sites. These sites are frequent along the parks near the beach. They are usually spotless gas BBQs with flat plates rathe than the usual grill rungs. Nearby there are tables and often a set of toilets. At one we walked through there was a small portable gas cooker too, We commented that it would have probably been stolen within 5 minutes where we live.

    Having eaten the BBQ we went back to the caravan park, parked up and will soon be off to be after a shower to get rid of the salt water, sunscreen and insect repellent.
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  • Day46

    Mon Repos

    November 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    This was one of those experiences when I wasn’t sure whether I was part of the problem or the solution. AUS $23million had been spent on refurbishing the education centre. The information was great, beautiful videos about radio-tagged turtles and their journeys and photos, information sheets, interactive things for kids etc.

    The process is that we were all collected from a car park that is situated about 1 mile from the centre using a shuttle bus driving with no lights on. Once everyone arrived outside the centre (around 7:00) we were allowed in via a process of checking tickets etc. There is a small cafe, gift shop, education stuff etc. We were divided into two groups. I was told that there can be up to 60 people in each group. We were badge numbers 31 and 32 of group 2. Then we wait until a turtle comes up onto t(e beach where rangers are patrolling to spot them. Once a turtle is up and found a nesting spot, the group are taken to watch. The public cannot approach until the turtle is nesting as she won’t abandon her nest after she has started laying, but may abandon it if simply digging it.

    There were a lot of rules, no torches, no taking photographs until told, no devices that illuminate (smart-watches, phones etc)) stay behind the ranger, do as you’re told.

    The risk is that no turtles come onto the beach. I’m not sure if you lose your money 😩. More likely, they don’t arrive until 11 or 12:00 by which time everyone has spent their life savings at the cafe or gift shop and the young children are so fractious that there is a lynch party out to take them from their parents and lock them in a cupboard.

    Fortunately the first group were called at about 7:30 and then our group around 8:00. We were taken out of the centre and told that we would have to walk along a walkway, down to the beach. Be quiet, no torches etc. We spent a short while to get our “night vision” and then set off. A short way along the walkway there was a strobe light that flashed and immediately blinded you if you’d been looking in that direction. Night vision totally lost, we walked into each other, trampled the old and infirm underfoot until we could see again when .... flash - another strobe light. Who designed this? After a series of regaining night vision and then being blinded, those of us who had not fallen by the wayside stumbled off the walkway onto the beach where we regrouped.

    We were taken along the beach and handed over to another ranger. Taken further along the beach to a big blob that we were told was a turtle that had dug her nest and conveniently had laid an LED light in the nest! All of us had to stand behind her (she was facing up the beach), with the front row kneeling, the next row standing, the short people at the back not seeing anything and getting frustrated.

    Once she had finished laying we formed a circle around her while the ranger and an assistant bought eggs around for us to try, well, touch, eating turtle eggs is frowned upon.

    The rangers each took her measurements for precision, checked the tag numbers, called HQ and were told to re-tag her. I put tags in our sheep’s ears and that makes me wince, but a tag in a turtle fin, ouch. I think it made her eyes water too. The rangers were quick to point out that their eyes always run, making it look like they are crying.

    She flicked sand over us as she buried the eggs and scampered down to the see with us all trailing behind her.

    There were a lot of anti-plastic, anti ambient light messages etc. There is a lot of conservation and attempts to ensure the eggs have the best chance to hatch, being relocated if laid in a bad place, and that the hatchlings get to the sea. As we walked back being intermittently blinded,

    Back at the centre we were given information about the turtle we had seen, how many times she had laid eggs etc. They mate with multiple turtles and store the sperm. They then beach to lay eggs 3 to 6 times at approx 2 week intervals, during a laying year; each time having to haul themselves onto the beach and dig a hole. She may lay again after 3 or 4 or more years.

    It struck me as a bit of a circus that I was contributing to. I just wondered if I was contributing to their survival or their demise. If I was that turtle I would never go back on land again.
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  • Day28

    Snorkling in the outer Barrier reef

    May 3, 2019 ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    The last day at the east coast we spent on a Catemaran at the edge of the continental shelf in the outer Barrier reef. We were snorkling on three different reef sites and had seen quite some fishes and big turtles 🐢. But compared to 28 years ago the reef looks about like a cemetary. Still nice but with lots of dead corals. Unfortunately no scuba diving for me today because we will fly to Perth in the evening. Hope the cat will bring us back to Cairns on time 😬.Read more

  • Day72

    Leaving Cairns/ケアンズの出港

    March 12, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    When leaving Cairns at sunset, hundreds (maybe thousands) of "flying fox" bats were flying away to eat.
    It was a very interest sight.
    ケアンズの出港時に数百(数千かな?)のオオコウモリが日暮れの頃食べに飛んで行きました!不思議な風景でした。

  • Day36

    Yeppoon at night

    November 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    When we drove through Yeppoon on Friday evening, we commented that it was the busiest place we had come across beyond Brisbane. OK, there may have been an influx of people going on to the island for the music festival, but it still looked busy.

    We had been recommended a Thai restaurant on the esplanade. We walked the mile to Yeppoon and came across a tree where Lorikeets were gathering for the night; the loudness of their chatter was quite extraordinary.

    The meal was lovely, the esplanade was full of people out eating and the beach still had families walking along it.

    As we walked past the tree with the lorikeets in, Bun said she couldn’t see any. I stopped under the tree to spot the little rascals when one pooped on me, in the eye and down the shirt. A lovely end to a lovely day 🤮
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  • Day36

    Headbanging on Great Keppel Island

    November 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    “It's back! Sunset Sessions is coming back to Great Keppel Island Hideaway, Saturday 16th November!
    Join us for a full day of live music and fun in the sun. Further info & line up coming soon...”

    Whooo - obviously our entire trip has hinged on being at an idyllic island to hear good music played very badly 😊

    We had hoped to get on a snorkelling tour of the island, but they were full. Instead we caught a boat across, somewhat mystified why young peeps were going across with cases of beer. When we arrived at around 10:30, the music was already in full swing and the sand too hot to walk on with bare feet. Head banging was underway. 1,600 people were expected to be there by later in the evening.

    We stopped for the obligatory refreshment, checked out the dive shop and then rented mask, snorkel and fins and set off to walk to another beach. The guy in the dive shop told us the path was steep, but he’d “taken some old .... it’ll be OK. I think he realised he was taking to some aged people.

    The path was steep and the weather was hot. What I need to pass on is the danger of brimmed hats - maybe all hats are brimmed otherwise they’re a beanie or similar. Anyway, walking along wearing a brimmed hat, looking down, watching where we put our feet to ensure we don’t trip on the rocks and the exposed roots, well the brim stops you seeing what’s at eye level and WHACK, we walk straight into low hanging branches. Head banging again. You’d think we’d learnt but no, WHACK again.

    The beach was beautiful and deserted. A number of boat were moored 150m off the beach, near the reef. What, we have to swim 150m to the reef? We didn’t make it, not through exhaustion, it was just unnerving and a bit disconcerting. We’ll do it another way. Had a good swim, a bit of a sunbathe and then back up the hill back to the main beach.

    The trip back was distinctly rough. I thought that catamarans are supposed to be stable but this was going all over the place. Sick bags were offered. Those sat outside were enjoying the spray from the waves. What would the boats returning with the young revellers be like? Bun spotted a turtle just as we had slowed down to go into the port.

    The campsite had sent a minibus to collect us and take us back to the site. That morning, on the way to the port driver showed us a colony of fruit bats and a nest that a pair of Ospreys had made on the lights in the marina, we must try to get some photos, but no sign of any birds.

    Back to Bertha for a shower, change and then hit the town.
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  • Day602

    Sonnenuntergang im Kajak

    November 26, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    The next day in paradise and we climbed up another view point. We really enjoyed the great views over the Nelly Bay and Picnic Bay before we joined a sunset kayak tour in the Horseshoe Bay. During the tour huge sea turtles visited us - always amazing to see them.

    Der letzte Tag im Paradies und für uns ging es mal wieder auf einen Aussichtspunkt. Heute konnten wir den Blick über die Nelly Bay und Picnic Bay schweifen lassen. Am Abend ging es dann auf eine Sonnenuntergangs Kajaktour, bei der uns riesige Schildkröten besucht haben. Leider waren sie immer nur kurz an der Oberfläche, weshalb es keine Fotos gibt aber es war richtig cool!
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  • Day225

    Tamborine Mountains

    November 15, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    From Fraser Island we traveled south again. Our next stop were the Tamborine Mountains where we enjoyed some nice walks through the rainforest and visited a glow worm cave.

    Von Fraser Island ging es für uns wieder in Richtung Süden. Der nächste Stop waren die Regenwälder in denTamborine Mountains.Read more

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