Scenes from the Skeens

Maddy’s Thoughts on Our Recent Trip

July 8, 2007 12:40 am by Dan

On June 21st, 2007 we started our ten day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We traveled in a large and noisy campervan. We stopped only twice before we reached Shute Harbour and rode a ferry to Daydream Island. The weather was bad to start. The worst part was that it was cold and windy and it didn’t rain enough to water the plants. Despite the weather we had a great time. The wildlife was amazing! The rock wallabies came right up to us and snooped through our bags.

Kids and Wallabys

Nate and I were attacked by lorikeets, which are small parrots. The lorikeets would come right up and eat out of your hands. The snorkeling was fabulous, but the snorkeling wetsuits were the opposite of fabulous. My brother and I looked like Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss. When we went snorkeling we saw a giant clam and about 20 black sea urchins. Sea urchins can sting but black sea urchins can really sting!

Snorkeling, Daydream Island

On Daydream Island, one really neat thing was that they didn’t have sand. Instead they have millions and millions of little bits of dried coral. Day dream Island also has the biggest man made reef in the world. They let you pet and feed the reef animals.


After we left Daydream Island we drove to Airlie Beach and stayed for one night in a very pretty area (Eungella Park). Then off we went to Emerald. There are mining areas around Emerlad where you can pay to do some fossicking for emeralds, rubies and diamonds. We stayed there for one night and it was fun. Nate and I built a treehouse.

We stayed for two nights in Cania Gorge. They had bird feeding and the beautiful King Parrots that would land right on your hand and head.

Maddy & King Parrot

At night time you could go to the bird feeding area or sit around your site and there would be little bettongs eating the bird seed. Bettongs are the smallest marsupials. When we left Cania Gorge we finally went home!

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