Gone Troppo

Babo finally made it out of the house here and went on holiday to the tropics of North Queensland.

Just in case going troppo really is an exclusively Australian term I’ll just put the definition here.

‘Going Troppo’ is an exclusively Australian slang term for ‘going crazy’. The popular understanding about it’s origin is that it comes from stories of the tropical heat in the northern parts of Australia driving people crazy.
Having just returned from said heat I can totally understand the crazy thing. It was pretty intense.
So when we left Newcastle it was raining
Departure
After we’d travelled about 2000 kms (from just below Sydney) and arrived in Airlie beach we discovered the rain back home had turned into a cyclone.
Airlie
One of the reasons we wanted to go to north was to go out to the great barrier reef and Babo thought that would be pretty cool as it is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world which would have been a first for him I think. BUT – the cyclone we left 2000 kms behind caused the sea to be so choppy up north that we couldn’t go out.
However he did get to go around some of the Islands like Daydream and yes the water and the sky really are that blindingly blue.
Daydreaming
He also went around to Whitehaven Beach which always makes the top ten beaches in the world list and has some sort of special white sand made up of almost pure silica which doesn’t get hot so you can walk around on it.
Whitehaven
He did the usual beachy things like play on the rocks
rock-climbing
dig in the sand – (all those black blotches in the air here are butterflies, there were thousands of them)
sandcastles
and play with the sea gulls – we were desperate for some shade by now as the sun is just so hot there, it feels as if it’s burning you through a magnifying glass.
making-friends
So no Barrier Reef sorry but he can now say that he’s visited The Whitsundays.
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12 Responses to Gone Troppo

  1. M-----l says:

    I’m glad you brought Sailor Babo on your trip. He seems easy to forget these days. That shot of Babo in the sand is a classic. I’d buy that on a tile, but then you’d probably get sued by the Uglydoll lawyers.

    In related news, George Harrison (of the Beatles, of course) called one of his solo albums Gone Troppo.

  2. mmcurator says:

    Aw, too cute! Looks like he got some quality beach time (even though it was super hot.)

  3. Lauri says:

    The water is beautiful! Great pics of Babo in the Islands!

    • Jane says:

      It’s such a gorgeous part of the world. BUT you can’t even swim in the water this time of the year because of marine stingers in there.

  4. homebody says:

    Wow! Sailor Babo looks truly in his element. Such beautiful blueness! And butterflies!

  5. Jaypo says:

    Babo is such a good travel mate. Interesting phrase that, “going troppo.” Troppo in Italian means “too much” so maybe it comes from that. Like when “tutti sono troppo” (everything is too much), you just go crazy.

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