Paddy & Leigh's Escape Down Under travel blog

I got the front seat!

Awesome views of the reef from the air.

Mind your head!

Leigh with lots of buoyancy aids!

The facial hair is becoming annoying!

Arrive in Port Douglas on Monday evening after a fairly short drive through Cairns.

What a great place! Found a campsite just a short walk from the town centre and right on the beach. Has its own 'stinger net' for 'safe' swimming but they did pull a small crocodile out of it yesterday morning! Not too big but you certainly don't want it hanging off the end of your foot! I think I'll stick to swimming in the pool! Had a walk into town in the evening for a visit to the local bars along the harbour front.

Tuesday was a trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef. An absolutely awesome experience. We did the Quicksilver tour which was brilliant. They have a fixed pontoon by one of the outer reefs which as semi submersibles, snorkelling area, diving area, underwater viewing area and even a helicopter port! We splashed out and had a helicopter trip over the reef. Only lasted about 10-15 mins but the colours are amazing. Also decided to do a SCUBA dive whilst Leigh went snorkelling. Fantastic time. The 3 and half hours we are on the reef just flew past. The photos don't really do it justice. Got back into port at around 1630 and had a few beers to end a spectacular day.

Decided to stay in Port Douglas on Wednesday and get ready for our flight to Perth on Thursday. Boring jobs like getting the van ready and doing washing. However, the weather is glorious and sitting outside in the early morning sunshine drafting this entry is not too much of a chore. Planning to head into Cairns fairly early tomorrow just for a flying visit and then hand the van back at around 1500. Then its off to the airport heading for Perth.

Will do another entry once we are up and running on the other side of Australia. By the looks of the weather it seems we are going at a good time - rain due over the next few days here and 38 degrees scheduled for Perth!

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