Having some fun while waiting for the ferry to Moreton Island.
Having some fun while waiting for the ferry to Moreton Island.

The last couple of months have been very busy with house sitting and visiting. However, luckily we have some great friends and family here in Queensland who have gone out of their way to share their backyard with us. The last touristy thing we did in the Brisbane area before heading north was to visit Moreton Island. This is mainly a four wheel drive destination and I have to admit after watching the rigs loading onto the ferry for the trip to the island, Aussies take their back country camping very seriously. If however you are just going for the day it is still a great trip.

Looking north off the ferry. You can see the wreaks in the right edge of the photo.
Looking north off the ferry. You can see the wreaks in the right edge of the photo.

Off the ferry you hang a right and walk a couple of hundred metres up the beach and stake out your spot. There are police, rangers and EMS here, but from what we saw during the day people do an excellent job of policing themselves.

Welcome as you come off the ferry.
Welcome as you come off the ferry.

The snorkelling is best done at high tide, which fortunately for us was 90 minutes after we arrived. We took the time to ask the life guard which way the current was going then headed out for a couple of wonderfully relaxing drifts along the wrecks. There have been 15 ship sunk here to provide protection to the beach and a great area for snorkelling. Visibility varied from 4 to 10 metres.

A trumpet fish cruising the wreaks.
A trumpet fish cruising the wrecks.

 

Lots of sharp edges to be careful of. It was nice to see people take responsibility for themselves and beware of the hazards.
Lots of sharp edges to be careful of. It was nice to see people take responsibility for themselves and being aware of the hazards.

 

A plentiful variety of fish can be found amongst the wreaks.
A plentiful variety of fish can be found amongst the wrecks.

 

A glimpse of the Glass House Mountains as we sailed back to the Port of Brisbane after a day in the sun.
A glimpse of the Glass House Mountains as we sailed back to the Port of Brisbane after a day in the sun.

Shortly after our trip to Moreton Island we packed our things and flew the 1600km north to Cairns. Everyone here asked us, “Why are you going to Cairns in January?” Now I understand why. Hot and humid is the order of the day. Tried to do a run this morning at 6AM, it was 28C and 94% humidity. Way more challenging than I ever would have thought. Luckily there are more relaxed things to do.

Going for a cool dip in the river at Mossman Gorge with Karen's Aunt.
Going for a cool dip in the river at Mossman Gorge with Karen’s Aunt.

Karen’s Aunt and Uncle were so kind to us and toured us around the area before we started our house sit in Edmonton. I started to appreciate the comments about the things in Australia that can kill you. Most specifically, Saltwater crocodiles (Salties).

No matter how hot and uncomfortable you may be, this is one river you never want to cool off in or even dangle your feet in.
No matter how hot and uncomfortable you may be, this is one river you never want to cool off in or even dangle your feet in.

The day after we visited the Daintree and Mossman Gorge we did a tour of Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure, which is a crocodile farm that also does tours and talks on animals in the area. These are serious crocs. No wrestling and putting your head in these guys jaws, well, only once.

Year old crocs in one of the pens. These fellows will be bags and boots in a couple of years.
Year old crocs in one of the pens. These fellows will be bags and boots in a couple of years.

 

Don't think because you are out of the water you are safe.
Don’t think because you are out of the water you are safe.

 

This was one of the "small" females on display.
This was one of the “small” females on display.

 

This was the largest one in the interpretive show. Absolutely incredible the power and speed in their jaws.
This was the largest one in the interpretive show. Absolutely incredible the power and speed in their jaws.Look at the size of his head!

I was quite impressed with the crocs. They did have other animals there but the Salties steal the show.

This one is for you Jennifer. They truly were cute little fellows.
This Kookaburro is for you Jennifer. They truly were cute little fellows.

We also managed to get a tour of Port Douglas and some of the amazing views along the coastal highway. An absolutely beautiful area.

A view of the beach in Port Douglas, Australia from Flagstaff Hill.
A view of the beach in Port Douglas, Australia from Flagstaff Hill.

There may be better times of year to be in this area when it comes to the heat but the beauty is timeless. Well worth the trip north.

 

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

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