Wow ! what an amazing view to wake up to in Cairns far north Queensland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After my exciting adventure on the glass bottom boat I headed off to do my Self Guided Eco Island Walk.
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.
Back over on land at Cairns City, its time now to wander along and fill in the remainder of the day.
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 .