While “house sitting” on the Gold Coast for nearly three weeks, minding my son’s apartment, tropical fish and occasionally his children, I had several things on my “bucket list” to achieve. Previously I have resided up to 100 kms away, so it has been difficult to fit in the things I wanted to do around the GC.
Bucket List – Margaret Olley’s Gallery – Tick!
One was to visit Margaret Olley’s Gallery at Murwillumbah, which I have done, and the other was to go on a Whale Watching Cruise. I bought a ticket for the latter via Groupon, thus saving quite a few dollars.
Today was the day. I, and many others, from the four corners of the globe it appeared, I went out into the Pacific Ocean in search of whales, or any other major sea creature. The cruise was only 2 ½ hours, a fairly short window, in some way.
However, there was success. There were two whales headed south, which we followed at a safe distance and two headed north later in the cruise. It was a good day, though the swell once out of the Broadwater was enough to make a few of the travellers reach for the sick bags.
Luckily, I managed to escape my usual sea sickness, though I did feel seedy for some of the trip. Not enough to stop me taking photos though.
The scenery is spectacular and it was a good day for photography, though a little hazy at times. There were quite a few other boats out to sea. The Sea World Whale Watching boat joined us towards the end.
Bucket List – Whale Watching Cruise, Tick.
We “followed” the whales heading north – and they were in quite a playful mood, breaching often and “waving” at us.
Apparently, there are record numbers of whales this season, making their way north and later returning.
So glad I had the opportunity of seeing them, though I would like to have been much closer to them.
Am also lucky I wasn’t seasick!!