The Great Barrier Reef and Aboriginals.

The last two days we have been on two tours.

The first one was to the Great Barrier Reef. All three of us snorkelled and it was so much fun.

We took a catamaran out to a platform by a big reef, about 1,5 hours away. It felt like there were a lot of people on the boat but when we got out there you had plenty of space and you didn’t have to queue or push for anything.

Stephen went out to the reef with a guide and Henry and I went snorkelling around the easy areas. We loved it! It was amazing, me and Henry had so much fun together. Normally it’s Stephen that takes him out in the water, so it was special that we did it together.

We then had lunch, a quick trip in a semi submersible and another swim with all three of us before it was time to get back on the catamaran and head back home.

It was a great trip on the catamaran.

The second tour we did was yesterday, and it took us to the aboriginals. We went to the visitor enter and they showed us and told us all about themselves. Our guide first painted our faces, then showed us how they hunt with a boomerang and a spear. Henry was actually very good with the spear and did better than most adults with the boomerang. Stephen threw his boomerang along way one ended up on a roof and another up a tree way behind us, I just threw mine away. With the spear Stephen was great and hit the target 2 out of 3 times I didn’t even get mine off the stand.

They then showed us a film how earth began and who the first people were. After that they did a song and a dance and we all joined in. Then our guide showed us their fruits and nuts and told us what they used them for, i.e. medicine, food or decorations. He also played the digeridoo which was very impressive!

When we were done there, we took the sky rail over the hills and over to Kuranda where they had a few shops and a Koala sanctuary, bird sanctuary and a butterfly farm. We only went into the Koala sanctuary where we could hold and cuddle a koala.

I did it when Stephen and I were in Australia 9 years ago and Henry wanted to do it now, unfortunately (well good I suppose for the animals) they don’t let children do it in case they get scared. I loved every second of it though, so I didn’t mind.

After that we caught a train that took us back to the start and a coach took us back to the hotel. It was a nice day, but it dragged on a bit with the train and the coach in the end.

Today has been great, we had a late breakfast, went to the beach and then played in the pool. We got a new snorkelling mask for Henry, so he was trying it out under water, forgetting to come up for air! He said that he was ok because he could breathe water.

Henry and I ready to jump in.
Henry and I ready to jump in.
Henry loves when he can wear a "real" diving suit
Henry loves when he can wear a “real” diving suit.
Stephen
Stephen
Here we are at the visitor centre ready to get our war paint on.
Here we are at the visitor centre ready to get our war paint on.

Henry and the boomerang
Henry and the boomerang
He got a smaller spear and throwing stick and he managed very well.
He got a smaller spear and throwing stick and he managed very well.
Stephen hit the target twice. 2/3
Stephen hit the target twice. 2/3

Henry in the sky rail.
Henry in the sky rail.
The view from the sky rail.
The view from the sky rail.

How cute isn't this one! Her name is Lana and I love her.
How cute isn’t this one! Her name is Lana and I love her.
I had to cut Henry out of this one because he was covering his face with his hands.
I had to cut Henry out of this one because he was covering his face with his hands.

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