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Avoid this Company

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

whitsundays.jpgI try not to have too many expectations in life – it’s too easy to be dissapointed if reality doesn’t quite match what you had hoped for. Often, by having expectations of how a particular thing should be, you become blind to what the experience does present, and that could be unfortunate if the experiences are valuable. But sometimes things are just plain crappy – and my dive/sail charter with Tallarook Dive Company out of Airlie Beach was not a good experience. [read on]

Coastal Queensland

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

koala.jpgIt’s been a while since I updated the blog – I suppose that’s a good thing as it means I’ve been busy.

And I have been, so here’s a quick update. I’ll try to post some photos in a couple of days.

After leaving Cairns, I hired (rented in America-speak) a car, and spent about 2 weeks heading south along the eastern coastline.

My first stop was in Yungaburra, and I stayed at On the Wallaby, one of the better hostels I slept at so far. I did get to see my first platypus – kinda cool. They were feeding in a near-by creek. Rented a canoe and did a night-time float and also saw some tree kangaroos and a ring-tailed possum. [read on]

Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
dive.jpgI enrolled in a 5 day scuba certification class this last week. 2 days in a pool in Cairns, and then 3 days/2 nights on a boat out of the GBR. It was a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Cairns, Australia

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
This is a backpacker's dream town. But let's spend a minute defining 'backpacker'. It's the term that is applied to the legions of young folks traveling around on holiday. Here in Cairns, it's party central for these ... [Continue reading this entry]

In Search of the (Holy) Mackerel

Monday, October 2nd, 2006
The Lure of Jesus and Mary The 2 most desired fish on Badu (not counting crayfish) are Coral Trout and Spanish mackerel. The SM has proved elusive. For the first part of the week, it's been the Jesus lure ... [Continue reading this entry]