Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Aussie Maria's Australian Islands

Around Heron Island, originally uploaded by Aussie Maria.
Hi everyone
If you have been on Flickr you will have seen my recent uploads of a holiday I had in July 2003.

Really wish I could go back now, I really need some of that warmth and relaxation

To get to this beautiful place, for me, it was a flight from Sydney to Brisbane, Brisbane to Gladstone and then we opted for the helicopter ride there, which is about 15-20 minutes, instead of the 2 hour ferry ride.
BTW - Helicopter rider was on my Bucket List

Heron Island is a coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef.
So you are totally surrounded by coral and marine animals which like coral - including reef sharks!!!
The time we were there is the humpback whale migratory season, a few were spotted in the distance, well there spouts were ☺
Heron Island is renown for the turtle's that hatch there, but that was another time of the year.

I will let the photos do the talking ☺

Starfish spotted while reef walking at low tide - no sharks, just booties to protect the feet from the sharp coral

And just to prove it was me walking out there, not being worried about sharks ☺

Always with a hat & sunnies on ☺

This is our view for the afternoon - cocktails in hand
Watching the sharks and other marine life wander in on the high tide

And after the cocktails ☺

Sunset off the gantry

Boat access blasted through the coral

It wasn't all relaxing, serious work was done on the chess board - and the kids won!!



  1. Wow Maria! Beautiful photos.
    That's a wonderful memory.

    ~x~ Karin

  2. What a completely idylic place to be - God how I wish I were there now!

    Ruth xx

  3. Ahhh... just down the road from me... gee life's tough in the tropics... ;-)

    Great photos,
    Caz :)

  4. The Great Barrier Reef is spectacular isn't it? Looks like you had a wonderful time .

  5. Thats what we need today here in the UK. A bit of warmth, it's quite cool and breezy, few spots of rain. These photos are gorgeous Maria!
    Thanks for sharing! Really enjoyed them.
    Hugs suex

  6. WOW... that blue....that teal...that water. I had no idea how wonderful the GBR really was until see this. What a fun trip you must have had. Great pictures.


  7. Lucky you! What an incredibly beautiful to visit. I bet it was hard to leave to return home.

  8. What a beautiful place. The colours are just amazing.