When I was 12, my Dad took me snorkeling in the Bahamas. From the first time I dipped my mask underwater I was awestruck by the world at the bottom of the sea. At that point I knew one day I HAD to visit the Great Barrier Reef. (aka the GBR) My dream came true a couple of decades later. (Yikes!)
|GBR, here I come!!|
After our fun times in Brisbane, it was time to hop on a plane to Fitzroy Island, a small island off the coast of Cairns, Queensland. If you would like to disconnect from the world and embrace Mother Nature, Fitzroy is the place for you!
|Welcome to Fitzroy Island!|
|Although it seemed like we were disconnected from the world, there was always something to do!|
|We went to Fitzroy expecting soft, sandy beaches. Instead we got tons of dead coral!|
On our first day in Fitzroy, Chris and I took a Sunlover Cruise out to the GBR. Unfortunately we had a torrential downpour which made for a very rocky boat ride on our way out to the reef, but we were finally able to snorkel on the reef.
|The water where we snorkeled was quite shallow.|
|Chris had a great time taking pics with a rented camera.|
|We met all kinds of fish...|
|Swimming with a school was a blast!|
|We found Nemo.|
|We also found a stingray.|
|The bottom of the sea housed some HUGE clams.|
For a better look under the sea, check out the video below.
The next day, we took a 30-minute hike to Nudey Beach. Ironically I had to wear a full body “stinger suit” so jellyfish in the water wouldn’t sting me. BTW, all visitors to Nudey Beach MUST wear appropriate swimwear.
|Chris wanders around Nudey Beach.|
|The hike to the beach was a pain, but the view was quite beautiful.|
Fitzroy Island is also home to a sea turtle rehabilitation center. Many of the turtle patients had swallowed plastic debris or had gotten hit by a boat motor. It was fun to see the turtles, Barney and Betty, doing laps in their pool!
|Most of the turtles at the rehab center were green turtles. It was fun to watch the turtles breathe water out of their noses.|
|Turtles are nursed back to health in the facility. Six months after they are healthy, they are released back into the wild.|
|Snack time! Spinach is the dish of the day.|
Our entire Aussie experience was a blast, but after 11 days Down Under, we were ready to head back to home sweet Shanghai to prepare for Chinese New Year festivities!
|We hung around Fitzroy long enough to celebrate Australia Day.|
|Thanks Australia for a great time!!|
|Sunset on Fitzroy|