Humpback Whales, here we come...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
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Trip End Aug 20, 2010


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, August 16, 2010

It was our Whale Watching day today, so we're keen to get up and out. First we go up to the lookout by Deidre’s place, and from it you can see for miles (sorry kilometres) up and down the coast. From here we drove down to Ocean Shores beach and took a very pleasant stroll along the strand, before driving into Byron Bay. We're able to park up near the dive centre that we’re going whale watching from, but have over an hour before we go out, so take a look around the town while we wait. There are some "interesting" people here, including many backpackers and quite a few hippies that have stayed over from the seventies.
It doesn't seem too long before we’re off on our whale watching, and we have to wade into the water to get on the boat, which is quite small, holding only about 12 people. As I mentioned back in Port Douglas, those of you who know me will be aware that I'm not overly enamoured with the idea of being in a small boat out on the open ocean, but the desire to do this outwieghs my fears... just...!!! Luckily it is a lovely sunny day and the ocean is behaving itself... nice and calm! Big thank you for that to the Man upstairs...!!! It’s quite a while before we spot any whales, but eventually a few do show themselves. We only see them from a distance though, none wanting to play up close and personal, but we did clearly see Humpback Whales in their natural environment, which was really something quite special. Because they were a bit of a distance away, we didn’t get any good photos, and from the ones we did get, Elise got the best one!!! We were out on the ocean for over two and a half hours, so when we got back to the dive centre, guess what... it was lunch time again!
After tracking down some take-away tucker we find a nice spot by the beach to eat it at, after which we drove up to the nearby Cape Byron Lighthouse. The building was impressive, and the 360 degree views up and down the coastline were even more so. The sun was setting now so we headed straight back to Deidre’s, as we were taking her out for dinner and didn’t want to be too late. We went to the Brunswick Hotel at Brunswick Heads, invited Julianne along too, and had a great evening, with it just about being warm enough for sitting outside. We really could so easily get used to this Aussie life style...!!!
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shaun masterson on

water to the dinner table? hellooooooo

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