Tropical Far North Queensland by BlossomFlowerGirl

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Tropical Far North Queensland

This is about my holiday from Cairns to
Laura, on the lower Cape York Peninsula from
September 2008 to October 2008. Going from Melbourne to Cairns to Port Douglas, to Cooktown and Laura, Cape Tribulation and all the bits in between, and finally back to Cairns for my flight home.

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29. Great Barrier Reef - Fish Feeding & Underwater Observatory

Friday 26 September

Fish feeding was conducted at the snorkelling platform.

Quicksilver Platform Map

Fish feeding was conducted at the snorkelling platform. The above map will give you some idea of the layout and size of the pontoon.

Splashing the Water


There were many fish, some of the very large and although the photos are blurry, I've still included them here.

Underwater Observatory

After 1.30pm, when lunch is finished, I went to the underwater observatory, which is quite large, in/under the bowls of the pontoon.

Rather than posting lots of fish photos, I've selected the best and made this collage. If you look closely at the middle photo on the right hand side, you'll see two snorklers in the far right corner.

Afte this, I went back and sat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It was a wonderful feeling. The only posting box on the GBR is on the Quicksilver pontoon - any letter/postcard you post there is stamped "Great Barrier Reef" - I posted four. Wanting a souvenir, I bought a hot pink cap with "Quicksilver, Great Barrier Reef" on the front, at $20 I thought this a good buy.

At 3.00pm we departed Agincourt Reef for Port Douglas. Afternoon tea was served - tea and coffee with dry biscuits and cheese. A reef video was shown. The sea was rougher heading back and there were some brown paper bags in evidence!

We arrived back at Marina Mirage, Port Douglas at 4.30pm after a real fun ride - the boat went up and down and listed to the left - I loved it!

I sat with Jenny till her bus came - it was late and arrived at 7.05pm. Walked to Coles and bought smokes. Had a lovely meal for tea - dinner was grilled barra, salad and boiled rice only $10. Richie cooked it specially for me as I like barra. It was the best.

Quicksilver Cruises Great Barrier Reef

Here's a video of the Outer Reef cruise.

Map of Great Barrier Reef Click on blue markers for photo, you can also enlarge the map.

View Agincourt Reef - Port Douglas in a larger map

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