No, not activities that are wacky. Water activities. Wacktivities…. I don’t know, it’s getting late.
Just in case you missed my endless posts, photos & video on Facebook of when I went snorkeling with turtles and saw dolphins, I thought I’d write about it too.
When I first arrived in Brisbane, I joined multiple meetup.com groups in an effort to meet people. And before you ask, no, meetup is not a dating site. For those who’ve never heard of it, it’s a social networking site that connects people with similar interests. They have groups for almost any (normal) interest you can think of. I was a member of a French conversation group when I was home last spring.
Anyway, a couple weeks ago I signed up last minute to go with a meetup group to Tangalooma Island Resort for the day on Moreton Island. The resort is most-known for a group of wild dolphins that swim up to the pier (jetty in ‘strayan speak) each evening looking for fish handouts.
The weather couldn’t have been nicer, save for a bit of wind, but that didn’t seem like a big deal. Wrong. The staff informed us there was no kayaking to be had that day and tried to dissuade us from banana boating as well. I talked the guy into taking us out anyway and the choppy water made it even better. Apart from that though, the wind messed everything up. Sure, we had some great beach time, but the snorkel excursion (which was already overcrowded with 50+ people) was a bust. The wind causing the choppy water stirred up so much debris underwater that you could barely see your hand stretched out in front of you. No turtles as we were told we might see. Everywhere you went, you bumped into somebody. And some guy tried to steal my RayBans on the boat back, pretending he thought they were his. No sir.
Then to cap it all off, the water was too turbulent for us to get close enough to feed the dolphins, so instead we lined up to throw fish at them from the jetty. Uh…yeah not exactly the day we thought we were going to have. However, they did offer us vouchers to return for a free dolphin feeding and I also scored a redo voucher of the snorkel (complaining goes a long way).
A couple days later though, I scored the jackpot. I headed down to Kingscliff, NSW with friends for some glamping. I’d never stayed in a glamping tent before, but I loved it. Electricity, kitchen, mattresses and a deck. The camp site was set right off the beach and we had nice views of the ocean, you know, if you ignored the campervans. We went snorkeling at Cook Island Marine Park with Watersports Guru. It was a bit more expensive than the snorkeling at Tangalooma, but well worth it. There were only 6 of us, and right off the bat we saw dolphins swimming in the channel. As soon as we jumped in the water, we saw a couple turtles swimming nearby. We probably saw at least 7 turtles in total, as well as a wobbegong shark and were surrounded by a pod of dolphins in the boat on the way back. Definitely made up for what lacked at Tangalooma a couple days earlier. Watch the video I made below:
Then this past weekend I went on another meetup to Cable Ski Logan to wakeboard. Instead of being pulled by a boat, you hold on to a rope that is attached to a cable that goes around
a lake a large pond. Which is great, if you’re not friends with a millionaire who owns a boat. We all pretty much agreed that it’s harder to start on a cable than a boat, because at least with a boat you can immediately try again. If you miss your shot on the cable, you have to climb out and get back in line. Plus you look stupid faceplanting in front of a bunch of strangers. After having trouble staying up around the corners due to slack line, I finally made it around the entire loop. My last time around my board caught the surface and I whacked myself pretty hard into the water. Overall was a lot of fun and I’d definitely go back. They had jumps and boxes similar to what you’d see in a snowboard park for those who were more experienced. Maybe next time!