Coral Sea &
the Great Barrier Reef
including the wreck of the
was the bicentenary of the arrival of
the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour in 1788
and the founding of the city of Sydney
and the colony of New South Wales.
October 1988 six of us joined up with a group of six other
divers from a club in Daventry and travelled to Queensland
in North Australia for the club's first trip to the Great
We flew into Cairns which is known as the gateway to the Great
Barrier Reef. After a few days at the Tradewinds Sun Lodge
we went on a white water rafting trip through the rainforest
for a couple of days with Raging Thunder sleeping out overnight
in the jungle.
We then transferred to Townsville where we boarded the MV
Hero and set off for the Great Barrier Reef. We travelled
to the outer reef and then on to Flinders Reef in the Coral
Sea. On the return we stopped to dive the wreck of the SS
Yongala - a superb dive!
We then returned to Cairns for a couple more days before leaving
Australia for a four night stop-over in Singapore. While in
Singapore we stayed at the famous "Raffles Hotel".
A truly memorable experience.