Showing posts from August, 2013

The amazing Great Barrier Reef

Definitely one of the top things on my to-do list for my adventure in Australia was to dive the Great Barrier Reef. And happily, we got to do it! 

After our little setback in Airlie with the radiator mishap, we hightailed it north to Cairns in just 2 days. Initially this would have made me feel pretty sketchy driving our van ~700km in 2 days, but after the new radiator was put in, the van has been running pretty well! We made it with no problems. We ended up staying at a rest stop about 20km south of Cairns the night before our dive trip which translated into us having to wake up at the ridiculous hour of 5:30am just so we could drive into Cairns and meet the Rum Runner crew by 7am the next day. Had a bit of a scare too when we pulled into the marina parking lot only to discover it was a 10hr max paid parking lot when we needed to be able to leave it overnight. Luckily we ended up talking to the City Council worker (who was going around systematically pounding on the outsides of all th…

Palm bay hideaway resort

We have been working at a new helpx job for the past two weeks. We arrived in Long Island (20 minutes ferry ride from Airlie Beach) on the 6th and will be leaving on the 18th. Here is the job description.

Palm Bay Hideaway was previously a 5 star resort managed by the "Peppers" group.
It was closed in early 2010 after Cyclone Yats.
The owners of the beachfront Bungalows are re-opening the resort and there is much work to be done to make it suitable for resort operation.
We are after helpers who are willing to put in 4 hours each day cleaning, gardening and doing minor maintenance work in exchange for free accommodation on a spectacular Whitsunday resort island.
We understand that you are here to experience the Whitsundays and Great Barrier reef so you will only work 5 days out of every 7, and you can nominate which days you have free.
Your accommodation will be in the resort staff quarters which has both double and single rooms available with shared bathrooms and toilets(some…

Airlie Beach & Whitesunday Islands

Driving towards somewhere. 
Finch Hatton Gorge. Nothing special. Looks like New Hampshire. 
Got lost. Drove by tons of sugarcane farms.

Stupid GPS. 
View from Shute Harbour. 
Lunch I made. Fried eggs, cauliflower with rice. Good enough.
Getting ready to go scuba.

Crystal clear water. Whitehaven Beach.

Swimming with a noodle.
Found a giant clam.

Tilt your head 90 degrees and it's homer simpson.
Airlie Beach Lagoon. 
Making Lunch.
St. Lawrence rest stop. Its actually a ranch turned into a rest stop for campervans off of Bruce Hwy (A1).