Jayne’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 31 Jan 2008

MapWell we have arrived in Australia!!! The first day we stayed in cairns and it was about 36 degrees and too hot and it hasn't stopped pouring down with rain since!!!

I went snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and swam with a turtle and it was great. There is a huge fish that is a meter long that everyone knows called Wally! He swam up to me and let me stroke him a few times (Photos to follow).

Then headed down and got a ferry to magnetic island, but weather not so great. Was about 33 degrees, but either raining or really cloudy. We walked down to the local spot where the wallabies hang out, and fed them. They fed out of my hand and had babies in their pouches (Photos to follow).

There are so many parrots flaying around and at night, there are huge bats flying everywhere. On Magnetic Island we walked up to where the largest colony on Koalas live and saw none in the trees!!! There were death Adders to look out for though!!!

We are now in Airlie Beach and had to cancel our Witsundays boat trip as weather so bad. Apparantly Queensland has an average of 320 fantastic days of weather a year. Are you suprised I am here when it is awful weather!!!