Ally’s Winter Holiday – Part Two

Wow ! what an amazing view to wake up to in Cairns far north Queensland.

From a room with a view

Today I have booked to go over to Green Island with Great Adventure Tours. Green island is part of the Great Barrier Reef ,Cairns Australia. The island has an unique reef and rainforest environment. They say it is a nature lovers paradise for a tropical reef and island experience. The choice is up to you , numerous activities attract people from all walks of life.

Before I set off I need to have a hearty breakfast.

Yummy.

It’s a beautiful day here in paradise, it’s time to walk along the esplanade to the pier.
Looks a long way. I believe it was actually 2.5 KM.

I did have several rest times on the way. I met up with Anthony and Peter who are pictured in the photos below. Hello to Anthony and Peter if you are reading this, thanks for the lovely chat and for giving me permission to photograph you and say a bit about you in my blog site. I didn’t write down details about our conversation so please forgive me if I get it wrong because I am relying on my somewhat failing memory.

Anthony is Peter’s carer. Anthony’s mother is Aboriginal and his father is from Spain. I think Anthony grew up in Cooktown.

Peter comes from Yarrabah which is in the far distant background in the photo. Peter’s parents are both Aboriginal. Yarrabah is a coastal town. Traditionally Yagaljida is the Yidin language spoken by the Indigenous Yidinji people. Yarrabah is an Aboriginal community about 53 kilometres by road from Cairns CBD on Cape Graton.

Anthony and Peter
Ally and Peter
At the pier waiting to board Great Adventures for a day at Green Island.
Lots of people waiting, several tours about to leave to for either the Green Island, Fitzroy Island plus many other places.

At one of my rest stops I met two lovely ladies from the Gold Coast Queensland. I didn’t get names but what I do remember is that they both work in a aged care facility and provide daily activities. The ladies were also going over to Green Island with another tour company.

Once I was boarded on the boat ready for my trip across the coral sea I had a complimentary coffee. There was no social distancing, the tour group were operating at full capacity. Sitting next to me with two young lads from regional Victoria. They were so excited about their impending activities for the day . I will say more about my travel buddies on the way back.

My package included; Return transfers on board Great Adventures. Up to 7 hours on Green Island. Self Guided Eco Island Walk. Snorkel equipment hire. Glass bottom boat tour. Great Adventures beach bag.

On my arrival at Green Island I spotted people snorkeling close to the wharf.

Snorkeling at Green Island , unfortunately not me.

Already I am having regrets because I didn’t pack any swimming gear. I knew that I couldn’t go snorkeling but I could have just had a dip in the water. My other regret was I didn’t pack clothes for the tropical climate. Before boarding the boat I did buy a bright pink tee shirt with Cairns written on it, it was tight and made me feel awful so you won’t be seeing a full photo of that sight. What it did tell me was that I desperately needed to get back onto a healthy diet and do more exercise. Today is day 4 of my total wellbeing diet, already lost 0.5kg.

The Glass Bottom that I will be boarding soon .
On board the glass bottom boat.
The skipper guide showing people where to sit .
Underwater life at Green Island, I am loving this.
Feeding the fish at the reef is prohibited unless you are a tour guide. The guide threw feed over the side of the boat , beautiful sight to see. I thoroughly enjoyed the glass bottom boat experience. I do have a small video of the feeding frenzy, I will try and find it.

More fish swimming by. I took all my photos with my mobile phone, consequently poor quality photos.
I like taking photos of signs along the way.

After my exciting adventure on the glass bottom boat I headed off to do my Self Guided Eco Island Walk.

That is a sign post pointing me towards a crocodile show. I didn’t go to the show because I have seen croc’s before.
That’s where the crocs are. I did look in the souvenir shop and bought some post cards just in case my photos didn’t work out.
Enjoying my ECO Walk
Another interesting sign post
I definitely won’t take the risk and go there.
I spotted this amazing view and thought it would be a good subject for me once I get back to my art work.
Time for a well deserved rest. This is the only photo you will see of me in the pink tee shirt.
I treated myself to a tropical dessert. Pastry with custard, kiwi fruit, watermelon and grapes ….yummy.

Still regretting not have my swimmers with me.

Its now 4pm time to start heading back to the wharf for the trip back over the coral sea to Cairns City. I then spot my travel buddies from the trip over , well one in particular. Oliver spotted me and asked if he could sit by me. Oliver is in year 6 at school, going to high school next year, I think that would make him about 12 years of age. I enjoyed listening to Oliver about his wonderful day, he showed me his amazing photos. Oliver is a delightful, well manner beautiful soul. I got permission from Oliver to take his photo with me and put it on this blog, he plans to put me on Instagram.

Ally and Oliver . Hello Oliver if you see this.

Back over on land at Cairns City, its time now to wander along and fill in the remainder of the day.

Yacht Basin Marina at Cairns.
I had a lovely meal along the Esplanade at THA FISH. I didn’t have fish, had a pumpkin pasta dish with spiced bread. Took a doggy bag back to the motel for a midnight snack.

Even though I was absolutely wrecked, sore back and feet plus a blister I decided to walk back to the motel. I am having a real binge of walking, I can assure you I am not power walking .

The sun is going down . Time for me to say goodnight. I hope you enjoyed viewing my day over to Green Island. I will be back tomorrow to write another big day out here in Cairns.
PS: my technical equipment is giving me grief.

12 thoughts on “Ally’s Winter Holiday – Part Two

    1. It’s always warmer in far north Queensland. They do get monsoon weather up there , when it rains it’s really rains.
      I live in Brisbane and have been feeling cold all day. I am wrapped up in a dressing gown.

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  1. Many many, many moons ago I did a tour like that and had a blast 😀 out from Cairns I think it was too, and Green Island does ring a bell. I remember going snorkeling and scratching my leg on some coral, (which the tour guides recommended one NOT do 😀 ) … looks like you had a blast too.
    It’s lovely to come across young people who ‘get’ it, life that is. Gives me a bit of hope for them. 🙂

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    1. It really was a blast. My highlight was the glass bottom boat. It’s amazing who you meet on your travels,it’s a bonus 🙂. I was fortunate enough to have the holiday and return home safely. Covid-19 is causing more grief, we might be going back into lockdown.

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  2. We are definitely going into a 3 day lock down from 6pm tonight. NSW is in lockdown for 2 weeks. Nasty strains are showing up, when will it ever end . I am 70% covered, 2nd vaccine due August 5th. I hope you are safe, well and happy .

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