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A little bit of paradise

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Imagine a tiny coral cay island at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, that can only be reached by flying on a tiny one propeller plane and where you are greeted by friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff with an ever present smile. Think of being part of only a handful of guests on the island, enjoying clear turquoise waters, blue skies, relaxing on the beach and good food, particularly the desserts at dinner!

Imagine going snorkeling or diving, putting your head under the water, seeing loads of healthy hard and soft corals and numerous fish of all different colours, shapes and sizes. Being able to honestly say that turtles are 2 a penny and that you are almost guaranteed to see at least one every time you go underwater, with them being happy enough to swim alongside you and even seeing one as large as a small car when on a dive! As an additional surprise being able to see black and white tip reef sharks a few times when snorkeling or diving (not dangerous to humans!)

Finally, being on the island during peak bird season, seeing lots of different types of birds, some with their chicks, and experiencing the unbelievable noise they make! Learning that some of the birds are so cheeky that they have been nicknamed the buffet bandits (real name - buff banded rails), for as quick as your back is turned in the restaurant they will jump on to the table and nick your food and drink, and not forgetting the tap dancing bridled terns who stamp their feet on any surface that will make a noise.

This sums up my trip to Lady Elliot Island, an amazing little island with the most stunning marine life I have ever seen, I would urge anyone interested in marine life who has the opportunity to come out here to make the trip to the island, I definitely plan to come back. I didn't get to see the famed manta rays as I knew it wasn't peak season, the turtles and sharks made up for it though and next time I plan to come out in manta and whale season which is in winter. The staff on the island are great, very helpful but also clear that it is an eco resort so place very high priority on looking after the wildlife, corals and marine environment.

I am now in Brisbane and it is very hot and humid, it is the hottest place I have been to so far. It is a city similar to London, it has no proper beach but does have a nice wide river very much like the Thames. I have been able to see some of the city through one of the free ferry trips that goes down and back along the river and have also been across to the Botanic Gardens, not as large or colourful as some of the others I have been to but still very nice and a chance to see some kookaburras. I was even able to see a possum trotting across my path while out in the evening! So I am not here long before I leave Australia and my journey home via Hong Kong, but I plan to make the very best of the last couple of days here!

Posted by FranRobinson 04:20 Archived in Australia

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