Bri & Jo's excellent adventure

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Dear All We've had a very comfortable past four weeks being spoilt by parents and friends. Chauffeur driven by my dad all the way down the east coast, and super hospitality in Sydney and in Melbourne. A big thank you once again.

Cairns & Cape Tribulation We met up with my folks and lazed by the pool before enjoying an excellent meal (with wine!!!) and retiring to a comfy double bed with en suite. It may seem normal to you, but this felt like the height of luxury to us! We picked up the camper van the following morning and headed north to Cape Tribulation via Four Mile Beach and the kite surfing which looks wicked fun.

Cape Trib is beautiful - the rain forest meets the ocean here. Inland next, to the lava tubes of Undara, a 190 million year old volcano. Townsville We came here to do a 3-day live-aboard diving trip on the Barrier Reef and a wreck called the SS Yongala. We had a fantastic time and were really lucky to dive the Yongala as it had only been diveable seven times in the past month due to bad weather. We saw the biggest fish ever including snakes, turtles, rays, and "Vee Dub", a huge Queensland Grouper, who really is not far off the size of a VW Beetle! Jo was so excited, she nearly had a heart attack!! To top it off we saw dolphins on the way back to port.

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Airlie Beach / Whitsundays / Noosa A day on a proper sailing boat across the crystal blue ocean once sailed by Captain Cook. We had our own island for snorkelling and lunch before I sailed us home (expertly of course!). Continuing the water sport overload, we took a surfing lesson in Noosa. We both stood up and turned by the end of the 2hrs, which was all we had time for unfortunately. We then raced down the coast spending the odd day here and there.

Brisbane - dinner of steak and wine (wow - more real food!!!), Byron Bay, Manly & Bondi Beaches - watching the surfers.

Sydney & Melbourne Before my parents left we took a trip around the harbour to see all the major touristy stuff - opera house, bridge etc. Mike and Ren, our excellent hosts, took us to a rugby match and to the beautiful Blue Mountains. We chilled out and met up with friends we've met elsewhere around the globe the rest of the time.

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More first class accommodation in Melbourne with our friends Ellie and Claire. They were excellent tour guides and did a super job of showing us their beautiful city. It was strange but nice to be part of family life again.

We're now in Christchurch, New Zealand which is already starting the build up to the Lions rugby tour. It's a serious business over here and promises to be an excellent excuse to go to the pub!
Take care all, Bri & Jo