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Feb 6, 2007 - Ayr

Hello everyone we left airlie beach this morning and went up the coast to Ayr. We had planned to come here as you can access one of the worlds top ten dive sites from here, the SS Yongala. It was a good job really as the greyhoung buses are only going one more town north as the roads further up are closed due to a second cyclone that has formed off the coast. They are expecting alot more rain and more flooding so for the minute we are stuck here in Ayr until the storm has passed and the roads are clear. Not too bad but the boats arn't going...

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Sep 5, 2006 - Bowen

As you probably gathered from the photo, we didnt find any fruit picking work, despite a good driving tour of the nearby farms! Without a visa nobody wanted us, and think it was nearing the end of the season anyway. So what else but to go to the beach (one thing we have become particularly good at!). Bowen had some beautiful beaches, a favourite with old people, and one couple was kind enough to lend me a snorkel so I saw some more amazing fish pretty much right on the shore! We only stayed one night, then moved on to Townsville.

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Mar 4, 2006 - Roadtrip Day 16 Yaamba to Saint Helens beach

We left late on Saturday am due to the alcohol consumption the night before and my promise to my mother to not drink and drive and drove the scenic routes via Marlborough, St Lawrence and Carmila Beach along the very beautiful tropical Queensland coast. After stopping for a swim and lunch in the lovely Sarina we drove towards Mackay and camped at St Helens Beach reserve for the night. While it was worth it for the sunrise at 4.45am the next day we both got attacked by the sandflies and Lou had around 150 bites all over her legs alone that...

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Mar 3, 2006 - Ayr

We stopped by in the small town of Ayr in order to dive the World's 2nd best Wreck site (the 1st in in the Red Sea), and after the dive we were very glad that we did. We arrived in some desolute town in the middle of nowhere, and much to the amazement of the others on our Greyhound bus we collected our bags and got off the bus. Ayr itself is known as one of the main fruit-picking towns, and the season was over by a couple of weeks so the whole place was deserted

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Feb 1, 2006 - Magnetic Island

Whilst in Cairns id booked a good deal for 2 nights stay at Base Backpackers on Magnetic Island. For $79 I got return ferry crossing, 2 nts accom, 1hr sea kayaking, evening meal, 1hr internet and a jug of cocktail! Saved me about $35. I got dropped off to the ferry by the hostel and the crossing was 25 minutes. On the ferry I got talking to a couple of girls from near Birmingham and another from Manchester. They were all at the same hostel as me so that was a good start. When I got to the hostel, a girl i'd been talking to on the coach...

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Jul 7, 2005 - Mission beach/Ayr/S.S. Yongala

Drove to the sleepy town of mission beach (actually three beaches). Went on a 4 hour walk on the beach and succesfully ticked off the following animals from our 'seen in the wild list' during the day. Cassowary (endangered emu, vital to rainforest for 'distributing seeds'), Wallaby, Roo, leaving only Salt water Croc's and Koalas for a full house. After a five mile walk along beach and estuary we thought we might've had more luck, but alas no. Awoke early the next morning to set off for a visit to Wallaman falls, Oz's biggest waterfall at...

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Jun 27, 2005 - Frazer Island day 3 and moving north to Airlie Beach

In the morning we as advised, went to lake Woby and I took the plunge and had a good swim, but again there where only a couple of us brave enough to stand the cold. Me and Catherine also went Sand Surfing and showed up some of the boys with our skills. lol After which we went back to the beach house for lunch, swapped buses and then drove down and caught the ferry to the mainland, on the way we stopped and took in rainbow beach and drove along in on the way back to Noosa. There I caught the bus to Airlie Beach.

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Feb 5, 2005 - Magnetic Island

After our traumatic diving experience we were really glad to be spending the next couple of days on the beautiful Magnetic Island. So named because Captain Cook's compass went a bit funny as passed by. The silly guy didn't stop there though, fool. A few of the travellers we've met along the way recommended that we stay at Base backpackers hostel and a great tip it was too. A hostel on the beach with a great pool (still can't swim in the sea damn stingers!) We bumped into John and Karen from Uncle Brians trip, which was cool and then...

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Jan 19, 2005 - Yongala Wreck to Cairns

JG... very nervous as we haven't been diving in a while. This was a tough, deep wreck dive!?! It was AMAZING! the best diving I have ever done. The sheer quantity of marine life was incredible. The actual wreck is overgrown with coral and is a protected site so we couldn't venture inside. We dove (if that's a word?!) to 26 metres. The Yongala is listed as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world and it's clear why. Saw 3 beautiful sea snakes, baracuda, longfin batfishmaori wrasse, unicorn fish and a beautiful green turtle. FAB! The...

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Jul 24, 2003 - Airlie Beach and the Great Barrier Reef

Had a great time, visited barrier reef a couple of times. Bernie went scuba diving, Sue, Joel & Billy enjoyed snorkelling. We stayed at Airlie Beach for about four nights and this is a real tourist spot so at last there weere a few kids around. We made trips to the Reef twice, the first one on a massive fast cat, called Fantasea to the Outer Reef. We snorkelled off a huge anchored pontoon with the area sectioned off with ropes and nets. The kids were great as the sea was quite cold and choppy and snorkelling is disorietating. The wetsuits...

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