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Back due to popular demand. Come along to a fun day of climbing at St Peters (Sydney Indoor Climbing Centre). Ok so it's not snorkeling or fish or water related but some snorkelers have asked me to put on an indoor climbing event since it's pretty cold (just in case you hadn't noticed). Don't worry if you feel like a fish out of water - there will probably be a few other fish there too. I can help with some tips but accept that your arms will probably hurt when you are just beginning. MEETING Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/mBeZ3LTCDx79aGPT8 website: http://indoorclimbing.com.au/stpeters/ PRICES Entry - $20 Entry + Harness - $27 (Minimum) Entry + Harness + Shoes - $31 There is also a $5 joining fee for the climbing gym if you haven't been there before (once off only). You will need to hire a harness if you don't have one or don't want to invest yet (about $90 for basic). Of course rock climbing shoes give better grip and easier for small rock holds but they are not essential, choose whichever pair of your shoes you don't care about getting scratched and have thinner toe (eg. converse are better than runners). * Staff will give you a belay lesson - that's how to hold the rope for someone climbing. * Then we pair up and start climbing. * You might like to organise with your fellow climbers to have lunch nearby afterwards.
UPDATE: 1 Queen size room still available at the Arthur Bay Beach House- $150 per night. Also one bunk bed (bottom bunk) in an alcove that was previously used as a study, so not a private bedroom. $160 for the whole week. A snorkelling filled week on Magnetic Island! Expect snorkelling, swimming, socialising etc. Headquarters for our group is the beach house at Arthur Bay. We will host BBQs for everyone here as there is an entertainment deck and swimming pool. There will be plenty of options for company, and plenty of options to do your own thing, so very flexible. There will be snorkelling every day - itinerary will be posted closer to the time as it will be tide and wind dependent. Lots of snorkelling straight off the beach; giant clams, a plane wreck and propeller, lots of tropical fish, squid, cuttlefish and occasional turtles. In September the water is warm, around 24C, but not yet stinger season. September is also the most reliable month for good visibility. Lots of other things to do if you want a change from snorkelling; watersports including sailing, jetskiing, paragliding, horse-riding, fishing, hiking the trails, visiting historic forts and ex-military sites, golf, museums, art galleries, or visting the sports bar or one of the many cafes and restaurants. Or you can join in one of the more quirky island traditions such as the weekly cane toad races, the theatre restaurant or local bowls. Visit or photograph the local wildlife; koalas, rock wallabies, echidnas, brush-tail possums and an abundance of birds. There are 2 dive shops on the island for anyone wanting to add a dive to a wreck or the outer reef. Most likely we'll meet at the airport or ferry terminal if on the same flights. But we'll definitely meet up for dinner that first night at the Picnic Bay Hotel. https://www.picnicbayhotel.com.au/ Book your own flights and accommodation. See here for the best places; https://www.bestofmagnetic.com/ or budget places; Cstay http://cstay.com.au/ Base backpackers https://www.stayatbase.com/hostels/base-backpackers-magnetic-island/ The drive from Townsville Airport to the Breakwater Terminal for the ferry is approx. 10km, and takes about 10-15 mins. Taxis meet all arrivals and will cost you approx. $25. There is also Uber. There is also a shuttle bus service. Shuttle prices are $10 Single, $15 couple, $15 for group of 3, $20 for a group of 4. There are only two direct flights from Sydney on Sept 7th. So I expect most people will either be on Virgin – arriving at 12.40pm or Jetstar arriving at 1.15pm. The shuttle departs between 1pm- 1.20pm (and waits for late planes), so I expect that means everyone could be on the same shuttle. As the next ferry departs at 2.15pm everyone will be on the same ferry anyway. (I’ve only once been on an early arrival Virgin flight then straight to taxi and made the 12.55pm ferry). There is a café serving refreshments at the terminal. There are also baggage lockers at the terminal if you want to wander around. So, if you are on the Virgin flight and don’t want to hang around for the Jetstar people to arrive then you can book the shuttle for yourself here http://shuttletsv.com.au/schedule/ If you are happy to wait for the Jetstar flight, or are on the Jetstar flight, and want to join the group so that it only costs $5 for the shuttle bus then please say so and I will organise a group booking. You can pay cash on the day as they only take credit cards for the whole booking. For people arriving on different days: Ferry timetable for getting from Townsville to the island https://www.sealinkqld.com.au/ferry/timetables/magnetic-island And bus timetable for getting around the island if you are not hiring a car or moped https://translink.com.au/sites/default/files/assets/timetables/130519-250_0.pdf A good place for car hire, one of the most reasonable https://tpmi.com.au/tropical_palms_resort_magnetic_island_car_4wd_hire/
Now fully booked out This adventurous meetup is planned from 19 – 22 September. It will commence in Brisbane with campervans (or BYO car and camping equipment). We will be sleeping at a different campsite each night. Highlights of the trip: • Snorkel with Whales:http://sunreef.com.au/experiences/swim-whales/ • Shipwrecks snorkel at Tangalooma Island: https://www.tangalooma.com/moreton-island/tangalooma-wrecks • Julian Rocks Snorkel http://www.byronquarter.com.au/blog/snorkel-or-dive-julian-rocks/238 A few other interesting highlights include a sunset/sunrise in the Glasshouse Mountains, searching for Tassie II, a WWII shipwreck close to shore in Byron Bay and exploring & swimming at Minyon Falls (https://elementsofbyron.com.au/minyon-falls-byron-hinterland/ ) A detailed itinerary will be sent to attendees closer to the time. Travelling times between different locations is expected to take not more than an hour. The longest journey will be from Minyon Falls to Brisbane Airport on the last day – around 2.5 hours (If you’re driving back to Sydney, then you’re 2.5 hours closer to Sydney) Other logistics and costs: • Pay $240 for the 2 boat trips upfront (Whale swim $165 + Julian Rock $75). This is to secure the boat trips. Your RSVP is confirmed on receipt of this payment. • You need to arrange your own flights or transport to get to Brisbane. We ideally need to commence the journey to Mooloolaba on Thursday, 19 September around 9:00am (aim to land in Brisbane by 8am to allow time to organise transport). Aiming to be back at the airport just after 5pm on Sunday, 22 September • Moreton Island return ferry $57 • Camping I’ll facilitate this to ensure we could be camping together – Pricing in line with normal camping prices, from around $12 per person per night - TBC • Book your own campervan This looks like an ok option http://realvaluecampervans.com.au There are a few other things to consider. The “Real Value Vivid Camper” as an example takes 4 passengers and has 2 beds. One bed is in the car and one is on the roof if you’re 2 singles (or 2 couples) sharing. If you are 4 singles, then you may want to consider bringing 2 tents along so that everyone has their own beds. Alternatively you may want to go solo altogether. Or go big with a 6 seater Motorhome that has all the bells and whistles. Places for this meetup is limited due to the boat capacity. Everyone wanting to attend will go on the waitlist and then transferred to RSVP on receipt of the boat trip funds ($240). Please ensure the messaging function is activated in your meetup settings or send me contact details so that I may get in touch with you and give you updates and other relevant information. Disclaimer: Everyone taking part in the Group activities does so at their own risk. The Group, group organisers, event organisers and event hosts will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring as a result of any Group event or in connection with travel to this event, however caused.
Maroubra Beach 🏖 South End Generally a calm spot, there is an abundance of sea life here! With beautiful sea grass fields, rock formations and kelp beds. This is Yulia’s video from our last visit: https://youtu.be/hQW9DGMsGow Join us at *11:30am *on the beach in *front of the rockpools* at the south end (https://goo.gl/maps/7e9CeTZYWLXAELhMA). *Parking* is available in the South Maroubra Surf Club carpark (https://goo.gl/maps/Ay8Q8BjH5NsYGGBL9) The location is open to the sea and so is dependent on prevailing conditions but there is a rockpool with plenty to see should the sea be too rough. Afterwards, please feel free to meet with other members and continue the day with a stroll along the beach and have lunch at the kiosk and restaurant.