Holiday break in Far North Queensland

On board the Wavelength dive boat near Long Bombie

On board the Wavelength dive boat near Long Bombie

Some fortunate timing and a partner keen to try snorkeling helped provide me one of the best diving experiences of my life last week. Nine days in Port Douglas wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, which I’d never visited before and nothing could have prepared me for.

Being a student, my budget hasn’t stretched to a new underwater camera after my last one died so I settled for recording the action with a HD Flip camera (a present from a friendly Google employee at a conference in North Carolina 3 years ago) in a waterproof case. The editing process may take a while but results will be up here and on Youtube in a week or so.

We also hired a cheap car for a day at Cape Tribulation and the Daintree, hoping to spot the elusive cassowary. It was only in literally the last five minutes of our drive before boarding the ferry back across the Daintree River that we spotted this youngster below, happily snacking on berries on the roadside.

Young cassowary

Young cassowary


Port Douglas, even in the peak of school holiday winter break, is a laidback place compared to the madness and plastic nature of the Gold Coast resorts. Many of the southern families seem to stay ensconced in their resorts a few kilometres from town, leaving locals and some lucky tourists to enjoy sunsets like this from vantage points close to the marina.

Sunset from the point at Port Douglas

Sunset from the point at Port Douglas

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Posted on July 9, 2013, in conservation, exploration, photography, sea life, tourism, travel and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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