The Great Barrier Reef. Finally!
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The Clownfish, not often sighted here because it lives in 'soft coral'. Nevertheless, it embodies the image of the Reef

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef runs for thousands of kilometres up the coast of Queensland. You can see the main parts of it here in darker blue.

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Our apartments were right on the beach on a beautiful stretch of Palm trees. The name of the town was Palm Cove. Befitting.

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On the balcony of our room

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A great view down to the water's edge.

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My birthday dinner at our apartments.

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Again Taki spoiled me with flowers for my birthday. Always thoughtful.

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One of the 3 pools at our apartments "The Alamanda".

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I don't love heights, so I was skeptical about our Helicopter flight. But I kept telling myself 'once in a lifetime, once in a lifetime'.

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We took off and I loved it. This was the Sheraton at Port Douglas. Probably the number one hotel in Queensland.

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The Reef from our chopper.

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You can see the outer edge of the Reef from the Helicopter. I reccomend going by chopper if you can.

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More of the reef where you can see all manner of wild life.

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I was in the front passenger seat so had a view of my feet and the world below.

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The Quicksilver was set up for tourists and we were going to land.

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We landed close by and were ferried to the Quicksilver

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Soon were in an underwater mini-submarine. Good fun watching all the coral and fish.

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Snorkelling time. You have to wear these suits because of the stinging jellyfish in the water.

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Perhaps not the most flattering of apparel?

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Me, underwater.

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It was sad to be leaving our little piece of paradise. But it fulfilled my dreams of seeing our Great Barrier Reef.

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As we drove back to the apartments, Taki found a crazy beach near Pebbly & Ellis beaches, where people made random 'rock balancing statues'. Quite beautiful, there were thousands of them.

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More of the rock balancing statues.

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A beautiful stretch of coast looking back down from Port Douglas.

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Breakfast on our last day.

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The Australian Kookaburra, known for it wonderful 'laugh'.

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We went to the local Crocodile farm and Sanctuary. We certainly weren't disappointed. These fellas were MONSTROUS!

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But to soften the image of the crocodiles, I got to hold a beautiful, cuddly Koala. Gorgeous things that sleep most of the time.