Queensland trip summary

My Queensland trip was definitely quite an experience! During the five weeks between the 5th of September and the 10th of October I covered a distance of around 4000 km along the east coast of Queensland from Brisbane to Port Douglas and back. I also did 26 great dives and took almost 3000 photos during the trip. Obviously going through all the photos and writing a trip report down took a while. Particularly since I broke my laptop’s screen during the trip and couldn’t get anything done until I was back in Melbourne.

With a trip covering so many different spots I felt it was easiest to write this summary post. This post only contains a brief overview, more detailed write-ups and photos can be found in their individual posts under the Queensland 2012 category.

I started out the trip by flying to Brisbane from Melbourne. After just a few days in the city I met up with Crystal, Nicky and Steffi from the dive club and we spent weekend on a liveaboard exploring the underwater wonders of the Moreton Bay. We had some excellent dives there and saw quite a few large animals, including various sharks, turtles and rays. I also did my 200th dive during the liveaboard, to “celebrate” the occasion I did it without any exposure protection. Little chilly in 20 degree water.

My next stop major stop was Yongala Dive Center in Alva Beach, both to visit my friend Joey who works there now and obviously to dive the wreck SS Yongala too. Luckily there was a group of divers on the Moreton Bay liveaboard who where heading there on a road trip the following day. I ended up joining them and we started the long drive North. Along the way we did a dive in a small place called Finch Hatton. The shallow river there is the only place in the world where you can dive with the platypus. Unfortunately we were unlucky and didn’t see any.

Despite some delays on the road we did get to Alva Beach eventually and did four dives on SS Yongala over two days. The wreck is well worth its reputation as the best wreck dive in Australia. To be fair the wreck isn’t even the main attraction, the variety and size of the marine life there is simply amazing!

After Yongala I took a bus North to Cairns. I spent a few days in this tourism mecca of Northern Queensland and did a few nice walks near the city. After that I went on another liveaboard, this time a three day trip to the Great Barrier Reef with Cairns Pro Dive. The tropical reefs were quite nice and I took some really nice photos during the trip too. After returning to the shore I did a day trip to the village of Kuranda in the middle of the rainforest and then moved on to Port Douglas. It was at this point I managed to break my laptop, I dropped some heavy stuff on the screen while packing my bags in Cairns.

In Port Douglas I had some further bad luck, I found this holiday resort fairly boring and ended up going for a long swim along the beach. This resulted in some really painful and quite serious sunburns, I still managed to do a day trip of diving a few days later but that was quite an agonizing experience.

After Port Douglas it was time to turn back South and start planning the return trip. I caught a bus to Townsville from Cairns and spent a couple of days there, including a trip to the Magnetic Island. There were some nice bushwalks there and the island was well worth the visit. During another quick visit to Alva Beach I managed to catch a ride to Mackay and from there on took a bus all the way back to Brisbane.

In Brisbane I did quite a bit of walking around the city and the surrounds, including the various parks and the Mt Coot-tha. I also did day trips to the nearby inland city of Ipswich and the North Stradbroke Island near the coast of Brisbane. Stradbroke Island in particular was quite interesting, this large sand island had some great scenery. It was also a great way to finish up the trip as at this point it was finally time to catch a flight to Melbourne!

One Response to “Queensland trip summary”

  1. Jack Glennon says:

    Hi Mate,

    love the photographs. I am contacting you as I was the instructor onboard Pro Dive Cairns in 2012, the one in your pictures in fact. My colleague, Simon, shared me this site and it’s fantastic to see the two shots you caught with me and the turtle. I was wondering if there was anyway, as you offered at the time, to send them to me?

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind Regards,

    Jack

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