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Saturday, June 10, 2000
Byron Bay, QLD, Australia
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Byron Bay, QLD, Australia:
Latitude: 28° 38' 32" South
Longitude: 153° 36' 51" East
Altitude: 103 feet
From Seattle: 8296 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Main Beach Backpackers

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Regions: Queensland, New South Wales
Route: Car: Pacific Highway (M1), Highway 30
Road Miles:0 miles
Weather: Overcast / Rain

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1157
Miles Driven:186386
Linear Dist: 218937
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 259
More stats...
Hotels: 389
Friends / Family: 295
Camping: 126
Hostels: 260
Transit: 73
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4065

Journal Entry:
At the dive center early. A rubber boat ride out through the small surf got us to the rocks (Julian Rocks Marine Reserve). The dive was a decent swim to and through a large arch (The Cod Hole). On the way to the arch there was a large swath of sand - and just above the sand were two large (3 m / 10 foot long) and beautiful gray nurse sharks. They didn't seem to mind us and one of them seemed very curious - at least it seemed every time I had my head under a rock I'd look up and there would be this large shark coming towards me from a few feet away. At the bottom of the hole was a small loggerhead turtle that seemed to enjoy or at least not mind us stroking it's back. Also quite a few small woebegone sharks.

As soon as we climbed into the boat a squall hit - hard rain, lighting, and wind. The ride back was very uncomfortable - very cold and the wind driven rain stung! Back on shore I decided not to face the cold again and decided not to go on the second dive - maybe tomorrow morning. Went to check my email at the same internet cafe - most importantly it was warm! Stayed up late reading in front of the hostels fireplace.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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