Monday, April 30, 2018

WC Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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National Parks of the World    Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef3 Months from Start Date

It's time to check out some new National Parks of the World. We are off to Australia to see the awesome Great Barrier Reef!
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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world. It's the largest living thing on the planet and is so big it is visible from space and even the moon. Let’s take a closer look by exploring 5 of the many National Parks that can be found within the area.

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Observer: Complete 10 tasks (2 tasks for each Park)
Guide: Complete all 15 tasks.

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1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
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Spanning a large section of Queensland’s coast, this Federal Marine Park encompasses most of the GBR and is a World Heritage site that is protected by the GBR Marine Park Act. This provides the framework needed for managing the reef's large and delicate ecosystem. The park covers 348,000 sq. kilometres (134,000 sq. miles) and is packed with over 3,000 coral reefs, 1,500 species of fish and 900 islands. There are actually 80 National Parks within its boundaries!

* Read a book with fish (single or multiple) on the cover or a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK.

The GBR is known as the greatest dive location in the world. Dive the SS Yongala wreck, which is consistently rated as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Or head to the northern reaches of the area, where you’ll find a region called the Ribbon Reefs. Stretching for more than 50 miles like a gem-encrusted necklace along the edge of the continental shelf, there are dozens of famous dives great for any level of diver.
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* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.

To see the wonders of the reef you do not need to be a diver. You can snorkel and see an amazing array of coral and fish – some you have never even imagined. Don’t be surprised to find yourself swimming with a manta ray or a giant Maori Wrasse. But don’t worry if you are not a swimmer - there are glass bottom boats or semi-submersible subs that can show you the underwater wonders of the reefs.
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).

2. Green Island National Park
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Declared a NP in 1937, Green Island is the only sand cay on the GBR with a rainforest. The best way to explore it is to follow the 2 km circuit track that leads you through the rainforest via boardwalks with informational stops along the way. You'll learn about the island’s ecosystem, its Aboriginal history and the different species of plants, animals and birds that call the island home. In fact, it has one of the most significant bird colonies on the GBR with 60 species of birds making it a birder’s paradise.
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* Read a book with a bird on the cover or a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in RAINFOREST.

Lying upon 710 hectares of reef, Green Island has fantastic snorkeling right off its pristine shore. For a different perspective without having to get into the water, the Jetty Walk offers clear views into the sea life below. You’ll be amazed as schools of colourful fish, stingrays and sea turtles swim almost beneath you. Walk to the end of the jetty to capture a classic postcard shot of the island set in the midst of the blue sea.
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* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.

Green Island Resort is one of the few GBR resorts that sits within a National Park. Acclaimed for being the most ecologically harmonious resort on the reef, it takes seriously the balance between the needs of visitors and the protection of the island’s unique environment. With just 46 suites that are nestled within the rainforest and cleverly secluded from the day visitor facilities, it is the perfect place to stay on your next island getaway. Relax by the pool or enjoy a quiet dinner and sunset on the beach.
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).

3. Fitzroy Island National Park
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This island national park is close to the mainland making it a popular destination for daytrips. Photography Tours are a fantastic way to see the island and the perfect backdrop for keen photographers. It includes transfers to and from the Island, lunch and use of an underwater camera. During the boat ride to the island, you get a quick course on how to operate your camera along with extra tips on how to "nail" that special shot. You will love capturing all the wonderful sights of the island, above and below the water.
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* Read a book with a Camera on the cover or a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY .

The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles. A number of these are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more significantly, human induced factors. Fitzroy Island is home to the world class Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. Visit the center and learn about the journey of recovery that injured and sick turtles undergo prior to their release back into the ocean.
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* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.

To see all Fitzroy has to offer take one of island’s several walking trails. The Secret Garden walk peacefully winds its way through lush jungle. Native nutmeg, tamarinds and orchids are just a few examples of the exotic flora you'll see on your walk. The track to Nudey Beach is famous for its sharp contrasting beauty of the vivid green of the rainforest to the granite boulders and stunning blue waters of the beach. Despite its name it is not a clothing-optional beach so it's the perfect spot for the family to enjoy swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing in the sun.
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). 

4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park
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Want to explore an deserted Jurassic-like island? Then head to Hinchinbrook Island, one of Australia’s must see national parks. Imagine a wild, untamed paradise with beautiful untouched beaches, soaring majestic peaks and waterfalls cascading into idyllic waterholes. To preserve this rich ecosystem and promote the wild and pristine allure, the island is governed by a strict visitor permit system so be sure to plan ahead.
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* Read a book that takes place on an island or a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in JURASSIC.

Hinchinbrook ranks as one of Queensland's best sea kayaking destinations. Explore this magical coastal wilderness paddling through the labyrinth of mangrove estuaries. Encounter endangered dugongs, turtles, whales and crocodiles as you explore this captivating coastline by kayak. Join an expedition that outfits you with everything you need including a guide to help you navigate through this stunning scenery.
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* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.

Most visitors to the island come to conquer the 32 km Thorsborne Trail known as a “must-do walk before you die”. But this “walk” isn’t for the faint of heart but a 4-day wilderness hike for the experienced hiker seeking the solitude and beauty of the island. If you aren’t up for this "walk" - there are shorter day hikes on the island – the most popular being those to Zoe Falls or Mulligan Falls. Put on your hiking boats and enjoy!
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park
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This national park, with its 74 islands is the perfect island escape with its bright blue waters and gorgeous beaches. In fact, it is home to one of the most famous beaches in the world - Whitehaven Beach. You'll be amazed with its massive sweeping patterns of sand visible through the clear water creating a fusion of swirling colors. But don't stop at the beach - be sure to take the walk to the spectacular lookout, Hill Inlet for the picture perfect postcard photo.
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* Read a book with a beach on the cover or a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in WHITEHAVEN.

The Whitsundays are a great place to see wildlife. From May to September migrating humpback whales can be found in the waters around the islands. For a more interactive experience, head to Living Reef Lagoon on Daydream Island. With the help of a team of marine biologists, you can touch a baby shark or feed baby stingrays. WILD LIFE on Hamilton Island lets you get up close and personal with snakes, lizards, and kangaroos. You can even get your picture taken with the Koalas.
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* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.

Whether you’re a keen sailor, or just eager to feel wind in your hair, The Whitsundays are the perfect place for the sailing adventure of your choice. Sun yourself on the deck and settle in for a sailing day trip around the islands stopping at top snorkel spots. Or try an overnight tour watching the sun set while stars come out over the islands. The ultimate is Bareboating, navigating your own private boat after learning the how-to tips from your 'skipper-yourself' charter operator. What a great ending to you GBR tour!!
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).  
    
Tasks:
1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK.

Living with the Dead Kelley Armstrong 5/11/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Iris
Under Locke Mariana Zapata 5/5/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Family Gathering Robyn Carr 5/24/18

2. Green Island National Park
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in RAINFOREST.

The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn 5/13/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
Jane
Dark Queen Faith Hunter 5/2/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). Sometimes I Lie Alice Feeney 5/17/18

3. Fitzroy Island National Park
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY.

The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart Alex Guarnaschelli 5/17/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
Ellie
Until You Loved Me Brenda Novak 5/5/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Deadly Fate Heather Graham 5/18/18

4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park
* Read a book that takes place on an island or a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in JURASSIC.

Stillhouse Lake Rachel Caine 5/6/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Kate
Lakeshore Secrets Shannyn Leah 5/9/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Beats of Life Shandi Boyes 5/8/18

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park
* Read a book with a beach on the cover.

Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay, #4) by Susan Mallery Sisters Like Us Susan Mallery 5/30/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Ivy
A Thread of Truth Marie Bostwick 5/13/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
A Single Thread Marie Bostwick 5/3/18    

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