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Old 10-22-2009, 11:41 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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That sounds fantastic! A glass-bottomed boat would be the next best thing, but I have to say snorkelling is more surreal and otherwordly. There seem to be tons of turtles everywhere don't they? I saw countless ones from the boat and while snorkelling.

Just passed through Port Douglas - probably nicer than Cairns imo. Breakfast with the birds? Haha, I don't know if that sounds like such a good idea actually. If it were seagulls at least it would be more like the birds were having brekky with us!

Yeah Australian Zoo seems to be very highly rated, maybe because it was so publicized by the Croc Hunter and all that. It's funny how excited tourists get over seeing a koala or a kangaroo. I guess I would be equally or more excited over seeing a bear or something in the States.
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:24 AM
 
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That sounds fantastic! A glass-bottomed boat would be the next best thing, but I have to say snorkelling is more surreal and otherwordly. There seem to be tons of turtles everywhere don't they? I saw countless ones from the boat and while snorkelling.
Actually I was stoked that both options were available. I love snorkelling but I found I was getting fatigued really easily. (REALLY ANNOYING ) It was great to be able to have a snorkel and then continue with the glass bottom boats, so I wasn't missing out.
I think perhaps we were there at a good time of the year for the turtles. Least there seemed to be a lot more of them about this trip than last time I was on the reef. They're such beautiful creatures. I was so glad I got to see so many.

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Just passed through Port Douglas - probably nicer than Cairns imo. Breakfast with the birds? Haha, I don't know if that sounds like such a good idea actually. If it were seagulls at least it would be more like the birds were having brekky with us!
I agree. Cairns is very nice BUT Port Douglas, despite being uber touristy now, is just gorgeous.
Breakfast with The Birds is something you can do at the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary in Port Douglas. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is heading for Port Douglas and even though it's been over 10 years since I did it I still plan on doing it again when I go back. It's something I think MM will really enjoy too. The variety and personality of the birds is really quite something to experience.

Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary - Port Douglas Wildlife Park in North Queensland (http://www.rainforesthabitat.com.au/activities/bwb.htm - broken link)

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Yeah Australian Zoo seems to be very highly rated, maybe because it was so publicized by the Croc Hunter and all that. It's funny how excited tourists get over seeing a koala or a kangaroo. I guess I would be equally or more excited over seeing a bear or something in the States.
I think, and I had to think about this a good deal to put my finger on it, but I think it's possible that it's the combination of a really well run Australian wildlife park with elements of American tourist knowhow thrown in.
AND there's no disputing the passion that Steve, his father and now his wife and children have for the project. That really shines through while you're there.
Plus you can feed the elephants. So I was pretty much hooked!

Top of my list of things to see whilst I'm in America this time is a Bald Eagle. And sure I am curious about bears but equally nervous about them. I am looking forward to seeing squirrels, raccoons and chipmunks again.


So what did you think of Monkey Mia?
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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Monkey Mia was very nice. Got to swim with the dolphins (okay, wade with the dolphins, haha), the babies especially are just adorable! The whole Shark Bay area is a gem, I plan to go back and spend more time there. You went there didn't you? I'd really like to see a dugong, have you seen one before (outside an aquarium)?
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