Bags were packed and we were off to Brisbane for the Australia Day Straddie trip with our friends from Brisbane BSAC.
Andy, Ben, Duncan and Fe were part of the early wave heading over Thursday. After a whirl wind trip to Dan Murphys and Woolies for the must haves, beer, wine, gin and tonic, it was off to the ferry.
Friday we were up bright and early as we were on the first wave and so glad we did. The mantas were out playing and the sharks were everywhere.
Friday afternoon we were joined by Mon and Soo and some very nice gin thanks to Andy. We also had a trip to the gelato shop which I believe is a bit of a Straddie tradition. As it was Australia Day a BBQ was on the menu.
We got a bit of a sleep in Saturday morning as we were on the second wave. Still plenty of sharks, a manta and a couple of octopi chasing each other around. Another lazy afternoon with safety gins.
Sunday morning had Ben, Duncan and Mon up and diving while the others headed to Brown Lake to get some fresh water.
Sunday afternoon was spent fare welling the local crew knowing that our turn would come the following morning.
It was once again a great weekend away with old friends and a few new ones thrown in for good measure. Warn, clear waters with lots of animals out playing.
A big thank you to the Brisbane guys for inviting us, Andy for hearding the Sydney cats and Mark Stenhouse for making it all come together.