Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 15, 2007

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Friday, June 1, 2007

I finally left Cairns, only to come back after a few days! But in the days I was away I had a whistle-stop tour of a small part of the east coast, stayed in Airlie Beach and Townsville before spending a couple of days at Alva Beach, just outside Ayr where I went to dive the Yongala! The Yongala is one of the top wreck dives in Australia, and it's awesome. The ship sunk in a cyclone in 1911 but the wreck wasn't found until 1953 and it's covered in coral and so many fish you just don't know where to look. On the 2 dives I saw a huge marble ray and an eagle ray (each about 2.5m across), a 3m long queensland grouper, lots of giant trevally, barracuda, several turtles, sea snakes - the olive ones which are really venomous and the banded ones, large maori wrasse and loads of absolutely beautiful coral as well as a wreck which is pretty intact considering how long it's been down on the bottom of the ocean! You can't go inside as it's a grave (all 122 people on board died) but it's still a really good dive! There is just so much to see!
I had time to have a wander along a small bit of Alva Beach as well, it's lovely, huge and empty! Saw some of the little crabs that make balls of sand outside their burrows, there were loads of them running around one afternoon, I sat and watched them for about half an hour!
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