Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Today, May 11, 2008, is mother's day. Happy (belated) Mother's Day mom! Since I have officially been around the world I can truthfully say that I have the best mom in the whole entire world :) We celebrated the day by taking a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon of snorkeling and scuba diving.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
We started the day watching the Barramundi and shark feeding. The first video shows a volunteer feeding the Barramundi. They eat fish by sucking in 2 liters of water and capturing the fish in the process. The second video is of the stingray/manta ray feeding. We got to pet them! The last video is the wild fish feed. There were so many fish in the water that James tried to catch one in his hands. The brightly colored fish is a parrot fish.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
After work (James) and after my visit to parks on Friday May 9th, James and I headed up to Airlie Beach. It is a 2-2.5 hour drive north of Mackay. We took a stroll through the small, but cute seaside town and stayed at a nice bed and breakfast before heading out on our Whitsundays adventure (Great Barrier Reef here we come!!!!) The photo on the left is from Shute Harbour. You can see some of the closer islands in the Whitsundays. On the right is a photo from our lovely "mexican" dinner.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
More stolen text: Finch Hatton Gorge is located within the Eungella National Park and is a spectacular piece of tropical rainforest, interspersed by pristine rock pools and waterfalls. The Gorge is one of the most popular fresh water swimming holes in the region with locals and visitors alike. Imagine swimming in a clear rock pool as water cascades down from tall boulders and large rainforest trees tower above. Finch Hatton Gorge is also home to some very rare and unique flora and fauna such as the rare gastric brooding frog and the orange sided skink.
I stole this information from their website b/c I'm a lazy blogger: Eungella National Park is recognised as Australia's longest continual stretch of sub tropical rainforest. Eungella is leisurely hours drive west of Mackay, passing through the scenic Pioneer Valley, carpeted by lush cane fields and dotted with quaint country townships. A must visit for anyone to the region, it makes for a perfect day trip or longer. It's supposed to be a good place to see the "shy" platypus, but I got there too late. They're only visible in the early morning or early evening. Sniff sniff.
There's really not a whole lot to see in Mackay (hence the lack of photos). I saw the entire "city" in maybe an hour. I did visit their art museum and they had an exhibition on handmade artist books, in which I am very interested. Here are some images from the show.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The top row of photos was taken at Lake Boomanjin. It's the biggest Lake on the island. The next photo is of a car that obviously got bogged in the sand, left behind overnight and was engulfed by the high tide. You can only drive on the beach 2 hours before and after low tide or else the beach is too narrow for a vehicle and you risk the chance of getting carried out to sea. We made our way back to the ferry meaning it was the end of our Fraser Island experience. It was sad to go but I was looking forward to driving on pavement, not sandy, bumpy beaches and inland trails. Oh wait, we still have to drive 2 hours on the beach back to Noosa...
Lake Wabby was our last stop of the day before setting up camp for the second night. We had to climb 1.8k up a sand dune to get to the lake. The sun was intense and the lake was a welcome sight. We took a nice swim in the fresh water and then headed to Central Campsite.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
On our voyage up the beach we stopped at Eli Creek and waded in the crystal clear water before stopping at the Maheno Shipwreck. Next stop was the Champagne pools which looked out onto Indian Head. The bottom two photos were taken near our campsite right as the sun was setting. We had to set up camp in the dark, but it was worth it b/c we saw so much earlier in the day.