Quisland: from jelly fish to ram lizard
What is Queensland? One of the five states of Australia with a subtropical climate, many kilometers of beaches, the lights of luxury hotels, the noise of the ocean tide and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the brightest exotic.
Do not break corals
The Great Barrier Reef – one of the main wonders on Earth – extends from Papua New Guinea to the South Tropic. A chain of coral reefs stretches for two thousand kilometers, most of which are under water, but some appear on the surface at low tide.
First you need to get to Port Douglas – a pretty place with a spacious pier, where yachts creak with gear and swing on the waves of a boat. Every morning, the Quicksilver cruise company catamarans leave for the Great Barrier Reef. An hour and a half of a light breeze – and already on the horizon is visible a giant pontoon drifting on the surface of the ocean. Tourists unload for the whole day – but even a whole day is not enough to catch a snorkel, dive into the abyss on a submarine, fly over a reef in a helicopter and feed the marine inhabitants. The main thing is not to forget to dine yourself, because the company offers a whole set of yummy prepared by the best Queensland chefs.
Divers dive into the wonderful world of underwater caves, coral formations and marine plants that sway with tentacles, trying to capture prey: a fish, a turtle, a shrimp or a ridge. All this can be photographed even at a depth of twenty meters – the water is transparent, like glass. The only trouble lurking the diver is a poisonous jellyfish, or “jelly fish”, that is, “jelly fish”. From its deadly substance, only acid helps – that’s why bottles of vinegar always stand on Australian beaches.
Scientists say that three conditions are necessary for the formation of a reef: a shallow bottom, a clear sea and a warm underwater environment – and this rarely coincides. Corals grow by three to four millimeters per year, and the largest of them is more than a thousand years old. That is why nothing can be broken off from the Great Barrier Reef – a large fine can be awarded for a small piece.
Koala or termite maker?
On the roads of Queensland there are a variety of cars – from antique convertibles to ultra-modern sports cars. But classic jeeps prevail with good cross and a steel grill on the hood – in case of a collision with a kangaroo. A shy marsupial creature can jump in front of a rushing car and fly into the cabin through the windshield.
Full of animals along the road – have time to turn your head. An ostrich emu walks on high stilts, looking for delicacies in the form of beetles and locusts. But the two-meter bungarra lizard, or “race lizard”, scared, rushes to the nearest tree and climbs to the very top with sharp claws and a rough tail. And over there, on a branch, a pretty fluffy koala curled up. How not to take a picture with a typical Australian beast? It’s not known to tourists that it’s not a koala at all, but a termite mound of fluff, built on a tree by hardworking ants.
The highway goes to the ocean and runs along the cliffs along the Queensland coast. A magnificent panorama opens from here: white sandy bays interspersed with black rock blocks. Clouds walk on the peaks, fog spreads along the gorges, a rainbow rocker is thrown across the water surface. Hillsides covered with dense forests descend directly into the sea – these are the most ancient forests on Earth.
Hills are replaced by dense rainforest, the road rests on the wide Daintree River. On the other side you need to cross on an old ferry that glides through the water with a creaking iron rope. Daintree flows into the sea, the largest crocodiles in the world are found here – their length reaches ten meters. These are marine crocodiles, they live in semi-salted water and have very strong jaws. Speaking in technical terms, the pressure on compression with a bite is about twenty tons. Not so long ago there was a case: having knocked over from the heat, one middle-aged tourist decided to swim in the river. Exactly one and a half minutes later, he crawled ashore without a leg – or rather, without a prosthesis, which he used for many years. The comrades dragged the disabled person away from the water, and the crocodile spat out a prosthesis that was chewed up like an Orbit cushion – and it was made of heavy-duty material.