Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Quickie before I Spend 3 days in the Great Barrier Reef

Today I rode the Skyrail (read gondola) to Kuranda, a village in the rainforest.  There were two stops to walk around the rainforest before getting up to the top.  I wandered around Kuranda for a few hours.  Kuranda is basically like a tourist resort town, shop after shop of souvenirs and knicknacks.  I did buy an opal necklace though - it was on sale for $49 and is pretty.  An art gallery was also having a closeout so I bought two oil paintings for $75.  Taylor if you're reading this I'll send you pictures when I get back to Adelaide.  One is this modern/abstract painting of sailboats and the other one is these 3 people dancing in the rain under an umbrella.  They also had a butterfly sanctuary in the village.  There were hundreds of butterflies in there and they were beautiful.  Butterflies don't sit still so I don't think I got any pictures.  Then, I took the scenic railroad down from the village back into town.  The views were amazing from the train.  I took so many pictures I ran down the battery on my camera!  Today was the first day I actually killed the battery. 

I got back to the hostel and set up another island trip for Thursday since the boat gets back at 8am Thursay morning.  This time I'll be going to Green Island.  Hopefully it will be sunny...

Tomorrow morning the cab picks me up at 6:45 to bring me to the dive office and from there I head on a small plane to Lizard Island for 12 dives in 3 days!  This is the website for my trip:

G'day until Thursday Mates!

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