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Kayaking the Great Barrier Reef

An awesome day. Headed out with a small group of 6 of us plus guide, to spend a few hours exploring the area by kayak. Weather held nicely although the wind came up quite strong.

The guide was great, and took pity on us old gals, tethering us up to his kayak so he could help by dragging us through the worst part. Poor guy. However, after the lead kayak, a couple of young, strong fellas took a dip into the heavy surf, the decision was quickly made to abort the attempt to reach our target of Little Fitzroy Island. Instead he brought us back to safety into a nice little cove aptly named Shark Fin Cove, where all we had to concern ourselves with were sighting any fins breaking the surface. Just kidding!

The coral was amazing in this location. All in all a great time.

June in front, heading out:
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Some of the nice coral:
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Relaxing at the snorkel spot with the guide, Brandon. Oh, and that's one of the young, strong fellas in the background.
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From Dry Desert to Lush Tropics

The last couple of days have been transfer days, so nothing to report. (We also didn't have internet for one night.)

Flew from Ayers Rock to Cairns. A difficult flight for me, considering I've had the flu. But we made it and spent one night in Cairns. Then yesterday afternoon, caught a Fast Cat ferry to Fitzroy Island. Just what I needed.

Today we snorkelled on Nudey Beach. No, it's NOT what you think. Didn't see much but the water was nice. Had a tour of the turtle rehab centre, followed by more snorkelling.

Nudey Beach:
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One of the turtles in rehab:
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Two Queensland babes...I always wanted a onesy!
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Still stinger season, therefore everyone gets to wear this lovely fashion. If you're wondering what a stinger is, it's the tentacles from several types of jellyfish that when stung can cause irritations to severe reactions.

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Exploring Kata Tjuta

The morning came early! We went off to see the sunrise at Kata Tjuta. Following that we went on a short hike. It started with about 1.6 km, fairly easy. At the first lookout our group of 11 guests and two guides split into 2 groups. One carried on to the next lookout, while the other group moved to Walpa Gorge - the lighter option. Because I now have a bad flu bug I chose the lighter. Glad we did. Those that took the other route got way too much sun. It was also vey busy.
In the evening we went to the Sounds of Silence dinner, which had a very big crowd. Picture tables scattered around in the red sand, covered in white linen, as we watched sunset, then ate from an elaborate buffet.

KataTjutas at sunrise.
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The hike with our guide, Jason.
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Uluru to Kata Tjuta (a.k.a. The Olgas)

Early morning start to head out before sunrise, to hike around the base of Uluru on a 12 km circle route. It's very flat so wasn't difficult for anyone. To see it up close was incredible. There are remains of waterfalls that created rivulets running down the rock. Would be spectacular after a rain. The hike included caves, rock drawings, and waterholes. Learning about all the stories of the ancients added to the spiritual essence of the place.

After a short rest back at the hotel and lunch we were picked up again for our journey to see the sunset at Kata Tjuta. The fascinating geological history was explained by the guide/driver. Once again, the scene was wonderful accompanied by munchies and drinks.

An early night tonight as tomorrow's excursion will begin with a 5:40 pick up - getting earlier all the time. Getting harder considering I'm suffering from a bad cold, but there's NO way I'm going to miss this!

Our guide for Uluru, Tachi:

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Sweeeeet!
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Kata Tjuta at sunset:
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Uluru (a.k.a. Ayers Rock)

A 3 hour flight took us from Sydney to Ayers Rock in the Red Centre of Australia.

A very spiritual place, it is in stark contrast to Sydney in so many ways. The red colour of the earth, the golden yellow of the grass is beautiful on its own, but throw in the monolith that is Uluru, and it is awe inspiring. Shortly after settling into our hotel, we were whisked away for the sunset at Uluru, accompanied by some munchies and cocktails (wine and champagne) after which we were taken to a dining site for a buffet BBQ. Couldn't bring myself to try the kangaroo, but otherwise the food was good and we enjoyed great company with other travellers. The finale was the turning off of all lights so that we could get a lesson on the night sky. Made me want to experience camping in the great Outback.

It was a long day but very special.

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