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
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.
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.
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.
He did the usual beachy things like play on the rocks
dig in the sand – (all those black blotches in the air here are butterflies, there were thousands of them)
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.
So no Barrier Reef sorry but he can now say that he’s visited The Whitsundays.