Soon we were driving over the bridge which connects the mainland to the island.
The boat is getting ready for the tour and the parrots take off.
Norms friends all turned up before Joan and Cheryl brought Norm to join us. He thought he was going for a drive with the grandchildren.
"SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NORM"
The boat pulled in and we boarded for a 3 hour cruise along the Pumice Stone Passage. The stretch of water between the island and the mainland. There is a surfing beach on the other side of the island.
We set sail in the specially designed boat, with a shallow draught and no propellers, so that none of the water animals will be hurt. There are endangered dugongs (sea cows), turtles and dolphins.
Most of the area is a National Park. These are the Glasshouse Mts named by Captain James Cook in 1770. (They are ancient volcanic cores)
This is a beautiful Jabiru but he was so far away you can't see his beautiful orange legs and bluey, green neck and head. They are mostly found in northern Australia and this is the furthest south that they come to nest.
Then we sailed into some canals on the way back to check out how the "rich" live in their posh houses and......
...their posh boats. The tour guide called them "not bad fishing shacks"
Then it was back to the park for a birthday picnic of fish and salad. Then there was a special present for Norm.