Australia Trip Part 1

Emily didn’t use much camera zoom to get this photo – we were unnaturally close. I wondered about the stability of the boat if the croc did make a move into the water. Would 20 panicked tourists scampering to one side of the boat cause it to capsize? Fortunately Scar Face (as he is known to the Daintree River tour operators) was content just to watch us cautiously.

We then searched for Fat Albert, but he was nowhere to be seen. A few smaller crocs were still on the banks despite the incoming tide, and we were also able to view a camouflaged bird and a few tree snakes.

The Daintree river cruise was actually on the second week of the trip. The start of our trip was in Brisbane and surrounds. We arrived in Brisbane on the evening of 21st July. After a free day to recover from the long flight, our first outing was to North Stradbroke Island. The world’s three largest sand islands are located off the Queensland coast. North Stradbroke is the third largest and about 30 kms from Brisbane.

We had hoped to see humpback whales on their migratory path north. Although we didn’t see any whales, we weren’t disappointed with the wild life as we sighted dolphins, sea turtles, and many birds.

The next day we visited Lone Pine Sanctuary.

I also felt like basking in the warm Brisbane winter sun:

The baby koalas were quite cute.

I committed to Emily to sight a Koala in the wild before our return to the Old Blightly. The odds were small but my parents do live in a koala conservation region. Alas, I had no sightings, only a slightly sore neck. It was fun trying ; we discovered lovely bushland walks nearby my former home.

We visited the Gold Coast and enjoyed the panoramic views of the Q1 tower.

To begin the second week of the holiday we flew to Cairns and then drove to Innisfail to stay two nights with Aunty Liz and Uncle Paul.

Above is the Milla Milla falls and below the Ellinjaa falls. Both were part of the waterfall circuit of the Atherton Tablelands.

This is the Curtain Tree Fig – one of the largest and most spectacular trees in the region.

It’s a strangler fig that begins it’s life on a host tree, which it finally kills before growing independently.

My aunty and uncle live in a desirable beach side position in Innisfail.

After our enjoyable time in Innisfail, it was time to drive north to our location for the next 6 nights – Port Douglas. More on that in the next post.

4 Comments »

  1. Shaun said,

    August 22, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

    Dude – why didnt you tell me you were in Brisvegas. Would have caught up for a beer.

    Shaun

  2. Matt said,

    August 23, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

    Man now I feel bad! Sorry about that. I missed out on catching up with too many people, next time I’ll spend more time in Brisbane.

  3. Shaun Moran said,

    August 23, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

    So you should Matty 🙂 It’s cool – just don’t let it happen again…

    Shaun

  4. MrPuu2u said,

    August 27, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

    That “strangler fig” be an ent. He answers to the name of Treebeard if you be patient.

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