First we flew into Brisbane and were met by our friends Dick and Liz. After spending the night with them, we went back to the airport early the next morning to take a plane to Hamilton Island. Once we got to Hamilton Island we headed to our resort to settle in.
The next day for breakfast we went to a place called the Koala Gallery where you can eat breakfast with koalas. It was really cool to be able to go get cereal or something to eat and pass koalas on your way. Later that day we went on a catamaran ride called "Adrenaline Sailing," where we got to literally hang out on wires over the water at really fast speeds. We also got to go and sit on a net in the front of the boat and we got totally splashed by the water and ended up soaking wet.
There was so much to see on the Great Barrier Reef, like giant clams, wrasses, sea turtles and parrotfish, all in the same place at the same time. I loved diving down to get a closer look at the giant clams and when I waved my hand over them, the shell would snap shut.
After spending a few hours snorkeling, everybody left, but we stayed because we were doing "Reef Sleep," where you stay overnight at Reef World. We got to snorkel even more and saw a really big fish called a Queensland Grouper with a few "cleaner fish" swimming around it and eating the parasites off of it. We also saw a really cool sea cucumber that was about a foot long and had a bunch of yellow spikes on it. There were tons of colorful tropical fish that were great to snorkel with.
One really cool thing about staying overnight at Reef World was when our guide Craig put a light on over the underworld observatory so we could see the fish that come out at night. There were really big giant trevallie fish (G.T.'s for short) and they were eating the baitfish. But that wasn't all ... then George, the 9-foot Queensland Grouper, came and started eating the G.T.'s!
Being at the Great Barrier Reef was an experience I'll never forget. Now we're heading back to Brisbane for our next Australian adventure.
Take a look at George in action!