|Flying Foxes (bats) in Cairns|
We traveled up to Cairns, located in the north eastern portion of Australia, entrance to the Great Barrier Reef. We wandered along the coastline from our motel, up towards the downtown area. As the light faded, a thousand birds suddenly winged their way across the sky...birds until I suddenly realized they were bats! Australia has the flying fox, a large, fruit bat. I tried to get a close up of some of them but, alas, they were too far away and too fast.
This has to have been the most spectacular Christmas ever. We started the day with an early morning pickup and headed for the boat to take us out to the
reef where we would stay for the nest two days. The reef extends for a thousand miles...and we only saw a fraction of it.
|Heading out to dive or snorkel|
The dance repeated itself everywhere we went. Over the two days, we had the chance to explore three different sections of the reef, a tiny taste of what the entire reef must hold.
|Sunset on the water|
Cairns would have been a place to have stayed longer because it turns out there are so many things to see there but alas, our journey continues down in the Sunshine Coast.