Posts Tagged ‘Nature’

Labor Day Weekend

So yeah I know, it may seem weird seeing a post about my Labor Day weekend in the middle of May, but things are a bit different here in Australia.  Either way, we still had off school on Monday, so I wasn’t complaining.  Since we had a bit of an extended weekend, Jules and I decided to be a bit spontaneous.

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The home of the North Queensland Cowboys

On Friday, we decided it was time to see our first Cowboy’s game.  For those of you not from Townsville, the Cowboy’s are North Queensland’s rugby league team.  The shuttles to get there were a bit of a hassle, but it was definitely worth it.  I’m not going to lie, these guys made NFL players look like a bunch of babies.  It was a great game, with the Cowboys beating the St. George Dragons 30-6.

The next day, we chose to once again visit Magnetic Island.  So Saturday morning, we hopped aboard the ferry and headed on over.  Saturday, we figured it would be best to just relax and enjoy the weather.  We climbed around on some boulders, did some swimming, and sat on the beach.  Overall, it was a great day.

The next day, we picked up some snorkeling gear and headed over to Arthur Bay.  Arthur Bay isn’t accessible by the main road, so it’s fairly secluded.

We grabbed one of the few other people there to take a picture for us.

Although there weren’t as many types of coral as compared to the Great Barrier Reef, the visibility here was a bit better since the weather was nice.

You can’t get much clearer than that!

Since we were on our own time, and had pretty much all day, we were free to see what we wanted to see.

Jules trying to poke some fish…

One of the fish I was creeping on

Aside from the occasional jellyfish sting, (of course on the one place we didn’t have covered, our faces)  it was amazing.

Some of my favorite fish

After a long day of snorkeling, we headed back to Geoffrey Bay to feed the Rock Wallabies.  I know I may have put up some pictures of these guys the last time I went to Magnetic Island, but I can’t resist including some more.

He’s smiling!

He was a keen little guy

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, we had to head back home for school.  Finals are quickly approaching, so I guess it’s probably time to start studying.  We’ll see if I have time for some adventures in between tests.

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My Easter Adventure!

In the preparation for leaving for lecture recess, I nearly forgot to catch you all up on my Easter break travels.  After two days of failing to understand the public holiday bus schedule, Jules and I finally decided to jump on the ferry and go to Magnetic Island on Sunday.

The Magnetic Island ferry.

When we arrived, we settled into Foresthaven, a quiet little hostel in one of the less traveled bays.

Foresthaven Hostel

We then hopped on a bus (getting it right this time), to Bungalow Bay Koala Village.  We took a tour of the exhibits, and were able to hold crocodile, feed a cockatoo by letting it take a seed from my mouth, and see a wombat.  The highlight, of course, was seeing and petting a koala.

Petting Matilda the Koala

Holding Barbie the croc!

The night was topped off with a visit to Alma Bay, and a delicious meal at the cafe.

Alma Bay just after sunset.

The next morning, Jules and I woke up early to buy some lunch food at the grocery store (cheese quesadillas since we forgot a cooler for hot dogs) and called a scooter rental company.  After a crash course in scooter driving for Jules, we were off on our scooter adventure.  Along with the spectacular weather, we got to see the beautiful scenery Magnetic Island has to offer: sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and vivid plant life.

A view of Radical Bay

The island has a bunch of forts remaining from WWII, so we got the opportunity to visit some of these.  We also got to see some of the local wildlife, including a wild koala and Rock wallabies.

A little rock wallaby with a joey.

The wild koala we saw on the Forts walk.

The day was ended with a bit of a surprise.  As we were driving to one of the bays, we were pulled through a random DUI checkpoint, in our scooters.  We were all clear of course, but it was an interesting experience.  It must have been the intimidating helmets that tipped off the cops….

Our little moped gang.

Anyway, I’m heading off to Cairns now for lecture recess, where I’ll be hiking in the rainforest and snorkeling the reef.  Until then, g’day.