Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

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In case you didn’t know, that’s what SCUBA stands for; Self-Contained, Underwater, Breathing Apparatus. Good to know huh? One for the pub quizzes anyway, lol. 😉

going diving

Now I’ve never been SCUBA diving before, but I was rather excited about giving it a go. Actually I initially wanted to do my PADI certificate (or ‘dive ticket’ as the locals would call it) but unfortunately they didn’t have any dive courses running while we were in Port Douglas, so I had to settle for the introductory dive course instead (though I’m glad I did, and I’ll tell you why in a bit).

We had to delay heading out to the reef until our last full day in Port Douglas because of the afore mentioned hurricane, and even then as we headed out the weather didn’t look too promising.

grim weather heading out

Thankfully though the Great Barrier Reef, being a long way out, had a whole…

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A Day In The Life Of A Coconut

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With the edge of a hurricane tickling the north Queensland coast you would think it’d be the wrong time to go for a stroll.

a stormy beach

But stroll we did, and lovely it was too.

beach strollin'

We even found time for a bit of lounging about.


The wind was whipping up the trees, but with the heat it was actually a blessed relief.

wind in the trees

And it provided an unexpected bonus too in the shape of a bit of windfall.


With a bit of effort, and a handily placed stump,

the nutcracker

we managed to free the nut within. But then, what to do with it?


To begin with of course there’s the water.

decanting the juice

But that tasted nasty, so we moved swiftly on to the flesh within. That proved easier to get to,

just bash it against a rock!

and what we found inside maybe provided us with the explanation for the funny water.

an unexpected discovery

Still, the flesh itself was pretty good,

fresh coconut

but with…

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Camper Headstands

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Well, as promised, here’s the twelve headstands I managed to do while on the eighteen day camper trip. That’s one headstand every one and a half days. Not bad going eh? 🙂

34. Jenolan Caves Headstand

34. jenolan caves headstand

35. Three Sisters Headstand

35. three sisters headstand

36. Byron Bay Headstand

36. byron bay headstand

37. Most Easterly Headstand

37. most easterly headstand

38. Nimbin Rocks Headstand

38. nimbin rocks headstand

39. Point Danger Headstand

39. point danger headstand

40. Surfers Paradise Headstand

40. surfers paradise headstand

41. Australia Zoo Headstand

41. australia zoo headstand

42. Glass House Mountains Headstand

42. glass house mountains headstand

43. Whitsunday Islands Headstand

43. whitsunday islands headstand

44. Big Mango Headstand

44. big mango headstand

45. Josephine Falls Headstand

45. josephine falls headstand

So what do you think? There’s some good ones there huh? My personal favourite is the Steve Irwin Australia Zoo headstand. It’s almost exactly what I wanted (I was on the lookout for a cardboard cut-out of Steve going “Crikey!!!”). But I also like the Nimbin Rocks headstand, just because it was so hard to do balancing on that post and yet it came out so nice. What about…

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Sydney To Cairns By Camper – days 16-18

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day 16

After all the hoofing about our time at Airlie Beach was ear-marked for a bit of proper chillin’. And this was the place to do it. With beautiful views,

it's good to be the king

a swimming lagoon (because, as we found out, it was stinger season and you couldn’t go in the sea for fear of a possibly fatal jellyfish encounter),

Airlie Beach Lagoon

and nothing to do but hang out and eat good food (from somewhere that had an awful lot of meat on it’s menu for somewhere calling itself Buddha Burger)

Happy Buddha

things were looking good. Mostly…

Our first night (previous we got to just hang out, but today we had shopping and internetty stuff to do. Thankfully everything is a short walk in Airlie Beach, so we got most of it out the way easily enough. I even managed to get a haircut.

What time that wasn’t spent in ‘life maintenance’ was spent at…

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