Greg Hewgill (ghewgill) wrote,
Greg Hewgill
ghewgill

australia!

I arrived in Sydney, Australia on friday and then to Brisbane to meet Amy. It was raining in both Sydney and Brisbane with low overcast clouds so I couldn't see very much of the scenery on the ground. I hoped the weather wouldn't stay like that for long (it didn't).

The first thing we did was to go see a Cirque du Soleil show ("Quidam") in Brisbane on friday night. It was closing soon (last show on sunday) so it was pretty much our only chance to see it. It was excellent.

The next day we rented a car and started driving north. While on the Bruce Highway (the main highway that runs all the way down the east coast) we passed a small airstrip that had a sign for glider flying. We stopped and I took a short flight which you can read about in my online logbook. I was excited to be able to log a flight in Australia!

We stopped in Gladstone for the night and stayed with some friends (Tricia and Cole, who Amy stayed with on her way south last week). Very nice hospitable people. The next day we took off early as our goal was to reach Airlie Beach that evening.

It's now monday lunchtime and we are booked for a 3 day + 3 night sailing cruise starting this evening, through the Whitsunday Islands on a 70 foot ketch, the Alexander Stewart. The islands are very beautiful and we plan to do some snorkeling on the reefs too.

The weather here is quite hot and humid (we are just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, and the december solstice is coming up soon, so the sun is pretty much directly overhead). Hopefully it will be a bit cooler on the boat.

We are definitely having fun!
Tags: australia, travel
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