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No one else really wanted to do this, but I REALLY wanted to do this. Crocodiles are so terrifying, how could you not want to get as close as possible to a live one?

Hartley’s crocodile & wildlife farm was cool. You wouldn’t think there would be enough to do there to last a whole morning, but there was. Boat rides to see the crocs in the swamp, tours of the breeding farm, snake shows, koala feedings, etc. We went in the pouring rain and it was still pretty good. Crocs don’t mind the rain, I suppose.

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Last weekend (two weekends ago? I don’t know, time flies when you have a drinking problem) I went with my parents and Nick to the Great Barrier Reef.

It was an amazing time, for several reasons:

1) It is always wonderful to see my parents, especially when they come visit me in Australia. Plus they are expert travelers. They are good planners – and I’m good at being told what to do and where to go, so it works out.

2) Port Douglas is a great little city (city is being generous), with fab restaurants and bars.

3) We stayed at the Thala Beach Lodge, which was stunning.

4) The Great Barrier Reef was everything I had hoped it would be. I’m terrified of snorkeling and I suspected that they doctor up all the reef pics to make it look insane – but no, it is that insane. And it turns out I’m like a pro snorkeler when I have a noodle. Behold:

More pics to come, WordPress messing with me and won’t let me show any more in this post.

SPOILER ALERT. There is one other very big reason I loved our time in Port Douglas, but I’m not going to tell just yet.

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