Sunday, November 8, 2015

Uluru to Port Douglas; Desert to the Tropics

Flying from Uluru, in the outback, to Port Douglas, on the northwest coast is like flying from Arizona to Florida. The land is green and forests lush. It is a nice change from the dry and heat. We landed in Cairns, itself a resort area, and drove an hour north to Port Douglas. Lots of golf courses and big resorts in this little town.

The next morning we boarded our shiny Quicksilver tour boat and headed to Agincourt Court reef about 70 miles north on the Great Barrier Reef. The boat us a bit odd looking but, looks aside, it's fast; cruises at over 37 miles an hour. You can stay in air conditioned comfort or sit out and enjoy the wind and sun.

Our destination was an "activity platform" anchored at the reef. It offered something for everyone. Scuba, snorkeling, underwater viewing areas, glass bottom viewing boats, helicopter rides, tea morning and afternoon and a buffet lunch. 

We opted for a snorkel tour with a biologist who took us further from the platform and identified marine life for our group of five. The coral is amazing...we've seen nothing like it in Hawaii. I didn't take these photos but could have as we saw the same scenes.

Our hats are off (only when we are out of the sun) to the tour company. Quicksilver is a first class operation.

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