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Oct 7, 2017 - In the RV in Cairns

October 7, 2017- First night in the RV. It took a little getting used to the small bed that we are sharing compared to the king size beds we had been enjoying before. The accomodations are kinda tight, but the RV is efficient and offers pretty much all we need for comfortable RV living. We have a hot pot that boils water, a microwave and a toaster. This morning our group was taking a walk to the Botanical Gardens. This was about 1.5 kilometers from the campground. We enjoyed nice sunny weather while we walked around botanical displays and...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Moving into the RVs

October 6, 2017- Today it was all about getting and equipping the RVs. A bus picked us picked us up and took us to the RV rental facility. It took most of the morning to get the rental doen aned a checkout of the RV. We found one tire on our unit that looked pretty bad, so the RV place replaced the tire. This put us behind the rest of the group too. But we finally got our stuff into the RV, got all the background info on how to operate it, and left the rental facility around noon. Now we had to provision the RV. We stopped at an IGA...

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Oct 5, 2017 - Diving again

October 5, 2017-The first event on the tour was an Ocean Quest reef trip to Michaelmas Cay. I had tried to pre-arrange some diving on this trip, but couldn’t get any confirmation that it would be allowed. So when we got on the boat I immediately talked with the diving people and learned that as a certified diver I could get 2 dives in on the reefs around the Cay. The cost was substantially less than what I had paid for our own. The dives were guided by our dive guide Tom. I paired up with an Aussie as my dive buddy, and the dives went quite...

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Oct 4, 2017 - Beginning the Adventure Caravan experience

October 4, 2017-Today we start our Adventure Caravans trip with a meeting with Bert and Shari, our wagonmasters, at breakfast. Adventure Caravans does the work of arranging for the RVs, planning the itinerary, obtaining the reservations at the RV parks and venues that we visit, and generally take responsibility for the trip. We have been on 3 other caravans by Adventure Caravans, and we have liked each one. Bert and Shari have done this caravan before in Australia and know a lot about the area. The advantage this offers is that we don’t...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Checking off a bucket list item--diving the Great Barrier Reef

October 3, 2017- Early morning meeting our boat for diving. The boat could hold 80-90, but we only had 30-40 on our trip. We went out about 1 ½ hours to Norman Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. My 40 year old PADI card was good to get me in. Our dive guide was efficient and helpful as he explained the dive and the gear we would use. The gear was good quality with dive computers. Turns out this trip, for many on the boat, was the beginning of a diving splurge as they would dive with us, then transfer to a liveaboard boat to continue diving on...

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Oct 2, 2017 - Getting it all worked out and ready

October 2, 2017- This was a better day. Started out by going to get my Dive Medical. Cleared, although a previous punctured lung injury I had gave the guy some pause, but he walked me through possible complications and cleared me. Walked to the mall and got our travel phones equipped with Australia Sim cards. Did some more shopping and had lunch in the mall. Just in case, I looked again at the Hertz reservation and learned that there was ANOTHER Hertz location near the Esplanade (which was 3 blocks from our hotel) So we went there and...

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Oct 2, 2017 - Great Barrier Reef

Oh my goodness! Today we check off another item on my bucket! Diving at the Great Barrier reef! I'm super stoked! Big catamaran... only 5 advanced divers so we stuck together - Sophie, Portia, myself, and 2 other random folks. Saw a sea turtle just chilling on the bottom, a white tipped reef shark casually strolling by, and a giant clam! Hopefully I got some great pics since we used those disposable underwater cameras. Second dive was mostly coral reef, with a few marine life. Even saw Dory! Came back to the boat, enjoyed a bit of...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Arrival in Cairns and a rough start

October 1, 2017-Then it got a little complicated. For inexplicable reasons, we had to depart from the plane at Gold Coast, clear security and immigration, then get back into exactly the same seats and continue our flight to Cairns. But no worries, we made it to Cairns, so did our luggage, we found a quick taxi into town, and checked into our hotel without complications. Then things went off the rails. The plan was to get in, get the rent car, then take a drive out to Port Douglas the next day to see what that was about. But we were deceived...

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Aug 11, 2017 - Cairns - Far North Region - Home of the Casaways

Arrived in Cairns prior to lunch time called around to the Sullivan house for a cuppa and catch up. We originally booked into the Lake Placid CP for a week until we work out where to next but although the Sullivans have had back to back bookings for a month they insisted that we move into their property on Monday. And so it will be!!! Stayed for lunch then it was time to book into our park and set up for three days. As our site is on a rise and very hard to get into the park man turned up with his tracker and we were moved to our site very...

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Jul 17, 2017 - On our way to Lizard Island

After breakfast and a quick swim by the kids with their friends, we packed up and headed to the airstrip at Bamurru. Fortunately, the flight from Bamurru to Darwin had a tail wind so it took about 15 minutes less than our flight over. I guess I take it as a positive that we had the same pilot as she was clearly more experienced than when she flew us in now that she had doubled her flight hours (from 2 to 4, hah!). We grabbed our bags from Air Frontier HQ (see earlier pic) and after a little research on who had the best looking swimming...

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Jun 22, 2017 - Driving the Great Barrier Reef road to Cape Tribulation

Today we decided to rent a car and drive the Great Barrier Reef road up to Cape Tribulation, which is the furthest point you can drive to. We rented an automatic which neither of us have ever driven before, surprisingly it wasn't too bad but they have the indicators on the wrong side so every time we meant to signal we would turn the windscreen wipers on! The drive was beautiful, long stretches of coastal road, sugar cane plantations, rainforests and rivers. We stopped at a place called Palm Cove which was stunning with a lovely esplanade...

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Jun 21, 2017 - Diving on The Great Barrier Reef

Our day started very early and very wet as we headed towards the 6.2 million dollar boat called Evolution. The boat was amazing! It had three levels the lower two inside and the top deck outside, with bean bags to relax on. We arrived at our first stop which was Saxon reef after a very bumpy 80 minute journey. Luckily we had taken some sea sick tablets as we were warned in advance! The reef was beautiful and protected the boat from the strong waves which meant the seas were fairly calm by this point. We were in the first group to dive. The...

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