Helen and Randall on the road

A bit about our adventures 2011-2012

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Sunday 25th – Tuesday 27th September: Noosa

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Ah, lovely Noosa. After 2 long days of driving (with a stopover in the slightly bizarre Rockhampton) we arrive at our final destination before dropping our little campervan off in Brisbane.

Noosa is basically a holiday resort and it is school holidays so the campsite is busy but, like all the other campsites we have stayed in, the facilities (kitchen, laundry, showers and loos) and excellent and the people friendly. Our little van looked a bit sad next to all the other huge tents and caravans, not to mention the great muscular massive-engined 4WD vehicles that everyone seems to drive (to pull their caravans, I guess…).

We drove up to the centre of town and went for a walk on the main beach:

Then on our way to the National Park walks we passed the hat shop of the gods, where Randall – for the first time in his adult life, found a hat that fits him:

Then we headed back to the beach, inexplicably humming the theme tune to Indiana Jones as we went…:

Happy man with hat on beach.

Before finding the entrance to the national park and going for a coastal/forestry 2 hour walk:

interesting wildlife crosses our path…

beautiful beaches…less beautiful naked men frolicking in the surf…

ooh look – interference patterns:

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September 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Friday 23rd Sept – On board the ‘Illusions’ in the Whitsundays

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We booked this day trip on arriving into Airlie Beach (forgettable resort tat) and had an early morning pickup from our campsite at 7.15am to get to the ‘Illusions’ for an 8am sailing:

She is a catamaran skippered by Joseph, and with Naomi as a diving instructor and hostess. We we 14 punters, and although there were a few doing ‘introductory dives’ (which is basically how you get to go out with a guide/instructor without having the Open Water cert) Randall and I were the only certified divers.

At the first site we just snorkelled along the coral that came within just a few metres of the beach and was only a metre or so below the surface, so loads of coral and fish to see, and a fantastic drift so not much finning to do either…

Next stop was Hayman Island, one of the ‘posh’ Whitsundays, where charter boats are only allowed a 2 hour mooring on the ‘wrong’ side (ie the opposite side from the expensive resort!) on the coral beach (hard on the feet!). We did a boat dive off the tender (somersault entry) and dived ‘The Maze’ – a series of coral tunnels and canyons full of fish – lots to see, and the dive conveniently ended with a swim in to the beach:

Then back on board for lunch and the journey back:

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September 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm