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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.

Choose a level and start exploring!
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.
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Turtle_2_SM
* 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.
Nudey_Beach_SM
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).

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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.
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Commercial Photography
* 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!
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Commercial Photography
* 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.
Commercial Photography
* 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!!
Sailing2_SM
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).


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Jan | 14161 comments My Spot!

Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018
15/15

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

* 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 Boleyn King by Laura Andersen 5/7/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE (Betta).
The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg 5/17/18****

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 5/28/18*

The Boleyn King (Boleyn Trilogy, #1) by Laura Andersen The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1) by Rebecca Donovan

2. Green Island National Park

* Read a book with a bird on the cover.
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman 5/2/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK (Jake).
Unlucky by Jana Deleon 5/7/18*

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan 6/17/18*****

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman Unlucky by Jana Deleon Digging In by Loretta Nyhan

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY .
Michelangelo's Ghost by Gigi Pandian 5/15/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE (Lane).
Quicksand by Gigi Pandian 5/2/18***

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden 5/14/18***

Michelangelo's Ghost (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #4) by Gigi Pandian Quicksand (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #3) by Gigi Pandian A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden

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.
Barking with the Stars by Sparkle Abbey 6/10/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK (Kate).
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly 6/16/18*

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Better Off Read by Nora Page 5/27/18***

Barking with the Stars (The Pampered Pets Mysteries Book 9) by Sparkle Abbey Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mysteries, #1) by Sheila Connolly Better Off Read (Bookmobile Mystery #1) by Nora Page

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

* 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.
Bone Hook by Toby Neal 6/14/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE (Willow).
Under Lock & Key by Sam Short 5/4/18****

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
The Ninja's Illusion by Gigi Pandian 5/21/18****

Bone Hook (Lei Crime, #10) by Toby Neal Under Lock & Key (Water Witch Cozy Mystery #1) by Sam Short The Ninja's Illusion (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #5) by Gigi Pandian


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Karen ♐ (kmk1214) | 807 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1 - July 31
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1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
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 where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK. - Shards of Glass Arianne Richmonde - 5/26
Shards of Glass (The Glass Trilogy, #1) by Arianne Richmonde

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE. - Barrie - Mackenzie's Pleasure Linda Howard - 5/2
Mackenzie's Pleasure by Linda Howard

2. Green Island National Park

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.

* 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. - Birthright Nora Roberts - 6/3
Birthright by Nora Roberts

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK. - Emmeline - High Country Bride Linda Lael Miller - 5/3
High Country Bride (McKettricks, #1) by Linda Lael Miller

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). - Love Another Day Lexi Blake - 5/15
Love Another Day (Masters and Mercenaries, #14) by Lexi Blake

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

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.

* 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 . - Love in Lingerie Alessandra Torre - 6/12
Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE. - Toren - Torn Carian Cole - 5/9
Torn (Devil's Wolves, #1) by Carian Cole

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). - Three Years Lili St. Germain - 7/3

4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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.

* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in JURASSIC. - Creation in Death J.D. Robb - 5/10
Creation in Death (In Death, #25) by J.D. Robb

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK. - Karissa - Torture to Her Soul J.M. Darhower - 5/4
Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes, #2) by J.M. Darhower

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!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum). - A Rancher's Heart Vivian Arend - 6/16
A Rancher's Heart (Heart Falls, #1) by Vivian Arend

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.

* 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. - Rocky Mountain Romance Vivian Arend - 5/6
Rocky Mountain Romance (Six Pack Ranch #7; Rocky Mountain House #9) by Vivian Arend

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE. - DeVon - Chasing Perfection: Vol. III M.S. Parker - 5/11
Chasing Perfection Vol. III (Chasing Perfection, #3) by M.S. Parker

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!!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum). - The Dom with a Safeword Cari Silverwood - 5/25
The Dom with a Safeword (Badass Brats, #1) by Sorcha Black


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 Olivermagnus (lynda214) | 693 comments I've learned so much about the world since joining this group!

Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1 - July 31, 2018

15
of 15 Complete

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
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 Money Kill - Katia Lief - 6/15/18 - KL

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.

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Untie My Heart - Judith Ivory - 7/9/18 - MC = Emma

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.

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro - 6/25/18 - TAF

2. Green Island National Park

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.

✔ * 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.
Come Sundown - Nora Roberts - 6/27/18 - NR

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.

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
The Wild Rose - Jennifer Donnelly - 7/2/18 - Willa Alden

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.

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Desert Noir - Betty Webb - 5/28/18 - DN

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

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.

✔ * 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 .
Out of the Sun - Robert Goddard - 6/14/18 - RG

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.

✔ Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens - 7/3/18 - Lindsey

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.

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller - 5/11/18 - TSOA

4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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.

✔ * 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.
Twisted Prey - John Sandford - 5/3/18 - JS

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.

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Force of Nature - Jane Harper - 6/3/18 - Aaron

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!

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Nightfall Over Shanghai - Daniel Kalla - 6/26/18 - NOS

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.

✔ * 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.
City of Lies - Victoria Thompson - 5/25/18 - VT

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.

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Thankless in Death - J.D. Robb - 5/4/18 - ED

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!!

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
Dead If You Don't - Peter James - 6/7/18 - DIYD


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Kathryn (an80slady6886) | 541 comments Since this challenge is 3 months from start, do we have to wait until May 1st or can we start right away?

Australia's Great Barrier Reef
5/3/2018-8/2/2018
10/10 (2 tasks per park)

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

* 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 Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University Kevin Roose 5/27/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE. Bianca (Bean) in The Weird Sisters Eleanor Brown 5/16/18

* 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

* 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. New York Edward Rutherfurd 5/3/2018

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK. Hulie in The Guardian Nicholas Sparks 5/10/18

* 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

* 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 .

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE. Liesel in Murder, She Barked Krista Davis 5/4/2018

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). Dangerous Love: A True Story of Tragedy, Faith, and Forgiveness in the Muslim World Ray Norman 5/14/18

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK. Abbas in On Two Feet and Wings Abbas Kazerooni 5/18/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum). Country Brides: A Little Bit Country Debbie Macomber 5/11/18

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

* 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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE. Willa in As Bright as Heaven Susan Meissner 5/8/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum). The Devil's Highway: A True Story Luis Alberto Urrea 5/4/2018


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Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1 - July 31, 2018

Guide: 15/15

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

* 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.
Kym Roberts, Lethal Literature 11 May

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Britta- Kate E. Dyer-Seeley, Natural Thorn Killer 2 May

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
Dorothy St. James, Asking for Truffle 26 June

Lethal Literature (A Book Barn Mystery, #4) by Kym Roberts ; Natural Thorn Killer (A Rose City Mystery) by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley ; Asking for Truffle (A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery, #1) by Dorothy St. James

2. Green Island National Park

* 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.
Sarah Osborne, Too Many Crooks Spoil the Plot 15 June

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
Anna- Nevada Barr, The Rope 3 June

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
M.K. Coker, Dead News 7 May

Too Many Crooks Spoil the Plot (A Ditie Brown Mystery #1) by Sarah Osborne ; The Rope (Anna Pigeon, #17) by Nevada Barr ; Dead News (A Dakota Mystery Book 5) by M.K. Coker

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

* 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 .
Gail Oust, Cinnamon Toasted 15 July

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
Russ- Julia Spencer-Fleming, To Darkness and to Death 25 May

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Ellie Alexander, Death on Tap 13 May

Cinnamon Toasted (Spice Shop Mystery #3) by Gail Oust ; To Darkness and to Death (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #4) by Julia Spencer-Fleming ; Death on Tap (A Sloan Krause Mystery #1) by Ellie Alexander

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.
Kathi Daley, Sixth Cabin 15 May

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Kelsey- Amanda Flower, The Final Reveille 5 May

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Kate E. Dyer-Seeley, In Cave Danger 10 July

Sixth Cabin (Writer's Retreat Southern Seashore Mystery #6) by Kathi Daley ; The Final Reveille by Amanda Flower ; In Cave Danger (Pacific Northwest Mystery #5) by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

* 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.
Bree Baker, Live and Let Chai 11 July

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Daphne- Bethany Blake, Dial Meow for Murder 30 May

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
Denise Swanson, Dead in the Water 9 May

Live and Let Chai (A Seaside Cafe Mystery #1) by Bree Baker ; Dial Meow for Murder (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery, #2) by Bethany Blake ; Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River, #1) by Denise Swanson


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Jan | 14161 comments Welcome to the fun Kathryn, Patrizia & Dee!!!

Kathryn - you can start anytime after the posting date. You don't need to wait until the first.


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Bev(baglady) (blbaglady) | 308 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018


1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
* 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.
Ashley Royer Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer Remember to Forget
05/03/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall Sugar Deirdre Riordan Hall 05/01/18 Character named Sugar

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans The Broken Road Richard Paul Evans 05/30/18

2. Green Island National Park
* 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.
The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey The Curse of Crow Hollow Billy Coffey 07/16/18 there is an upside down crow in the "o" of crow

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez The Red Umbrella Christina Diaz Gonzalez 05/01/18 Character named Lucia Alvarez

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1) by Jill Shalvis Simply Irresistible Jill Shalvis 07/09/18

3. Fitzroy Island National Park
* 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 .
Gigi Amateau Come August, Come Freedom The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel 07/05/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1) by Bill Konigsberg Openly Straight Bill Konigsberg 07/03/18 Main Character Named Rafe

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist Love and First Sight Josh Sundquist 06/08/18

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.
Jack Rosewood True Crime Stories A Prequel 4 Shocking True Crime Cases by Jack Rosewood True Crime Stories: A Prequel: 4 Shocking True Crime Cases 05/23/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett This is the Story of a Happy Marriage Ann Patchett
07/11/18 Main Character Named Ann

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro A Study in Charlotte Brittany Cavallaro 07/05/18


5. Whitsunday Islands National Park
* 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.
Edgar Wallace The Just Men of Cordova Approved (Four Just Men) by Edgar Wallace The Just Men of Cordova: Large Print 06/13/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High, #2) by Shannon Hale Shannon Hale 06/17/18 Character Named Daring Charming

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich The Dead House Dawn Kurtagich 05/18/18


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Chrystal | 149 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

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 where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK. Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim finished 11/1/20

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE. Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford finished 8/2/18 (Claire)

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum). An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir finished 10/23/18

2. Green Island National Park

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.

* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in RAINFOREST. Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle finished 7/16/2018

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood finished 7/2/2018 (Toby)

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett finished 4/20/20

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

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.

* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY . Changeling by Philippa Gregory finished 8/30/18

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE. The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles finished 2/25/19 (Eleanor)

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND The Stars for a Light by Lynn Morris finished 8/16/18

4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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.

* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in JURASSIC. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan finished 9/18/18

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen finished 10/30/18 (Amarinda)

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!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle finished 9/9/19

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.

* 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. Shadow of Colossus by Tracy L. Higley finished 12/25/19

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys finished 8/5/18 (Willie)

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!!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS Stop Doing That Sh*t: End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back by Gary John Bishop finished 12/10/19


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Denise | 2571 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef

14/15

√1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
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 where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK. Peter Robinson All the Colours of Darkness 5.16.18

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.

√* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE. Anton A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell 5.12.18

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.

* 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

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.

√* 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. Sam Eastland, Red Icon 5.18.18

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.

√* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK. The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen 5.9.18 Anna

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.

√* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt 5.4.18

√3. Fitzroy Island National Park

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.

√* 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 . Author is Amos Oz Scenes from Village Life 5.20.18

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.

√* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE. - Thomas Chaloner The Cheapside Corpse by Susanna Gregory 5.7.18

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.

√* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden 5.12.18

√4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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.

√* 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.

** The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon 6.4.18 takes place on Venice

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.

√* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK. - Annie To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear 6.24.18

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!

√* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum). Dark in Death by J.D. Robb 7.21.18

√5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.

√* 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. Helen Hanff Q's Legacy: A Delightful Account of a Lifelong Love Affair with Books 6.27.18

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.

√* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE. Fabius Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie 6.12.18

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!!

√* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum). He Who Hesitates by Ed McBain 6.7.18


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Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 173 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
3 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!

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

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.

* 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.

* 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

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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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

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.

* 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.

* 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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).

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4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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.

* 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.

* 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!

* 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

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.

* 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.

* 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!!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).


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Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 132 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1 - July 31, 2018
Completed: 13/15



1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

✔ * 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.
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews 5-16-2018 | 4*

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu 5-1-2018 | 3* {Adeline}

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 5-19-2018 | 3*


2. Green Island National Park

✔ * 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.
In Her Way by Eryn Scott 5-18-2018 | 3*

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
The Awakening by L.J. Smith 5-3-2018 | 3* {Elena}

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas 5-29-2018 | 5*


✔ 3. Fitzroy Island National Park

✔ * 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 .
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6-11-2018 | 3*

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner 5-24-2018 | 3* {Lauren}

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Lord of the Flies by William Golding 5-7-2018 | 3*


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.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 5-19-2018 | 4*

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O'Connell 5-4-2018 | 4* {Anne}

* 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

* 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.

✔ * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 5-22-2018 | 2*

✔ * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson 5-25-2018 | 2*


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Sunshine✰✰✰ | 117 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Duration: May 1 - July 31, 2018
Guide: 15/15



1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

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 where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK.
The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz 6/24/18

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.
* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE. - Vince
Money Shot by Scott Hildreth 5/4/18

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.
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
For the Birds by Angela Roquet 7/27/18


2. Green Island National Park

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.
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in RAINFOREST.
Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh 5/1/18

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.
* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK. - Katy
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout 5/27/18

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.
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Ruby Dragon by Terry Bolryder 6/28/18


3. Fitzroy Island National Park

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.
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY .
Until Jax by Aurora Rose Reynolds 5/22/18

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.
* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE. - Ruby
Lightning Blade by D.N. Erikson 5/9/18

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.
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Immortal Ops by Mandy M. Roth 5/14/18


4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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.
* 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.
Firewalker by Allyson James 5/11/18

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.
* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK. - Kendall
Photographs & Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape 5/6/18

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!
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Out of Darkness by Jason D. Morrow 5/19/18


5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in WHITEHAVEN.
Stone-Cold Fox by Hailey Edwards 5/10/18

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.
* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE. - Lina
Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast 5/17/18

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!!
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur 9/26/18


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JoAnne | 330 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Duration: May 1, 2018-July 31, 2018
15/15

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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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 1457 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Begins: 01May18 / Ends: 31July18


15 / 15 completed

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
Spanning a large section of Queensland’s coast
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK - A.T. - Anne Tyler / A Spool of Blue Thread ✔ – 15May18

The greatest dive location in the world * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE - Charlie in The Good Nurse ✔ – 05May18

You can snorkel * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF - T.R.B. - The Rooster Bar ✔ – 01May18


2. Green Island National Park
The only sand cay on the GBR with a rainforest
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in RAINFOREST - A.S - Alexander Smith / Espresso Tales ✔ – 29May18

Lying upon 710 hectares of reef * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK - Elena in Little Fires Everywhere ✔ – 17May18

Green Island Resort * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND - L.G. - Lilac Girls ✔ – 02July18


3. Fitzroy Island National Park
This island national park is close to the mainland
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY - P.H. - Peter Høeg / Smilla's Sense of Snow ✔ – 12May18

Marine turtles * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE - Tu is the m.c. in The Beauty of Humanity Movement ✔ – 23May18

Walking trails * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND - T S R - Trans-Sister Radio ✔ – 06June18


4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park
Deserted Jurassic-like island
* Read a book that takes place on an island - Island of the Blue Dolphins ✔ – 01June18

One of Queensland's best sea kayaking destinations * Main character's first name starts with a letter in KAYAK - Ambra in Origin ✔ – 10May18

Thorsborne Trail * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND - C O B - City of Bones ✔ – 22May18


5. Whitsunday Islands National Park
74 islands
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in WHITEHAVEN - I.A. - Isabel Allende / Island Beneath the Sea ✔ - 28July18

Great place to see wildlife * Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE - Ethan - Ethan Frome ✔ – 09June18

Perfect place for a sailing adventure * Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS - D.T.A. - Digging to America ✔ - 01Aug18


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Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1 - July 31
Completed: 15/15

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
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 where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK.
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander 4/2

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Devil's Food by Kerry Greenwood 5/6
Corinna and Daniel.

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Big Four by Agatha Christie 5/21

2. Green Island National Park

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.

* 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.
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy N. Rue 5/9

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
Along Came Love by Carrie Turansky 5/5
Wes Evans

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan 5/31

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

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.

* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY .
Ozark Sweetheart by Helen Gray 6/8

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters 5/9
Emerson.

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
The Little Dragon by Betty Neels 5/5

4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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.

* Read a where the author’s first and last initial can be found in JURASSIC.
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Agatha Christie 5/7

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Unlocking the Spell by E.D. Baker 4/3
Annie

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!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
In a Killer's Sights by Sandra Robbins 4/3

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.

* 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.
No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside 5/24

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Heavenly Pleasures by Kerry Greenwood 4/3
Daniel.

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!!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey 4/2


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Amanda A | 264 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May - July
Completed: 15/15


1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
* 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.
Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby 5/8

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis 5/2 (Colbie)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Rancher's Baby by Maisey Yates 5/5

2. Green Island National Park
* 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.
World After by Susan Ee 5/1

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson 5/3 (Jack)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Little Red by Caroline Lee 5/19

3. Fitzroy Island National Park
* 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 Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 5/22

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
Priceless by Shannon Mayer 5/6 (Rylee)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Tart of Darkness by Denise Swanson 5/9

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.
The Restorer by Amanda Stevens 5/4

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern 5/3 (Anna)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay 5/8

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park
* 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.
Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis 5/15
Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone, #1) by Jill Shalvis

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Three Witches of Burberry: by K.M. Waller 5/5 (Lex)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
The Immortal's Hunger by Kelli Ireland 5/27


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Tanya | 19 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 9th-August 9th
Completed: 8/15

I'll try to be a Guide. Complete all fifteen tasks.

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
a) 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.

b) Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson 05/11/18 **** (Betsy)

c) 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
d) 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.

e) Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
Jordan by Lindsey Hart 05/25/18 ***** (Jordan)

f) Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Royal Service by Leslie North 05/23/18 **** (R,S)

3. Fitzroy Island National Park
g) 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.

h) Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
Mustang: A Mountain Man Romance by S. Cook 05/21/18 *** (Leah)

i) Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Irresistible SEAL Book 1 by Amanda Heartley 05/26/18 ** (I,S)

4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park
j) 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.
Positively Pricked by Sabrina Stark 05/19/18 ***** (S,S)

k) Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Ruthless Mountain Man by Jenika Snow 05/24/18 *** (Kylie)

l) 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
m) 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.

n) Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Conquered by the Ghost by Pippa Greathouse 05/26/18 *** (Ezra)

o) Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).


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Slytherpuff Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

* 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 Prince of West End Avenue
* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE. - Twilight (Edward)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum). -Riding the Flume

2. Green Island National Park

* 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.-Sing, Unburied, Sing

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK. - Love & Gelato

* 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

* 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 Infinite Sea

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE. - New Moon (Edward)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). The Firm

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. Camino Island

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK. Uprooted (Agniezka)

* 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

* 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. - Carousel Beach by Orly Konig


* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE. - Eclipse (Edward)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).- The Infinite Sea


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JoAnne | 330 comments FINISHED
Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Duration: May 1, 2018-July 31, 2018
15/15

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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Kathryn (an80slady6886) | 541 comments Another one done!

Australia's Great Barrier Reef
5/3/2018-8/2/2018
10/10 (2 tasks per park)

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

* 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 Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University Kevin Roose 5/27/18

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE. Bianca (Bean) in The Weird Sisters Eleanor Brown 5/16/18

* 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

* 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. New York Edward Rutherfurd 5/3/2018

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK. Hulie in The Guardian Nicholas Sparks 5/10/18

* 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

* 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 .

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE. Liesel in Murder, She Barked Krista Davis 5/4/2018

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum). Dangerous Love: A True Story of Tragedy, Faith, and Forgiveness in the Muslim World Ray Norman 5/14/18

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK. Abbas in On Two Feet and Wings Abbas Kazerooni 5/18/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum). Country Brides: A Little Bit Country Debbie Macomber 5/11/18

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

* 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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE. Willa in As Bright as Heaven Susan Meissner 5/8/18

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum). The Devil's Highway: A True Story Luis Alberto Urrea 5/4/2018


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message 39: by Teri-K (last edited Jun 08, 2018 08:23AM) (new)

Teri-K | 562 comments Finished! It was fun and I learned some things, too. Thanks!

Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1 - July 31
Completed: 15/15

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
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 where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NATIONAL PARK.
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander 4/2

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Devil's Food by Kerry Greenwood 5/6
Corinna and Daniel.

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Big Four by Agatha Christie 5/21

2. Green Island National Park

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.

* 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.
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy N. Rue 5/9

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
Along Came Love by Carrie Turansky 5/5
Wes Evans

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan 5/31

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

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.

* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY .
Ozark Sweetheart by Helen Gray 6/8

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters 5/9
Emerson.

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.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
The Little Dragon by Betty Neels 5/5

4. Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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.

* Read a where the author’s first and last initial can be found in JURASSIC.
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Agatha Christie 5/7

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Unlocking the Spell by E.D. Baker 4/3
Annie

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!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
In a Killer's Sights by Sandra Robbins 4/3

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.

* 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.
No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside 5/24

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.

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Heavenly Pleasures by Kerry Greenwood 4/3
Daniel.

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!!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey 4/2


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Jan | 14161 comments Way to go Teri! Glad you enjoyed the challenge :)


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Jan | 14161 comments I'm all done with this one!

Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018
15/15

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

* 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 Boleyn King by Laura Andersen 5/7/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE (Betta).
The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg 5/17/18****

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 5/28/18*

The Boleyn King (Boleyn Trilogy, #1) by Laura Andersen The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1) by Rebecca Donovan

2. Green Island National Park

* Read a book with a bird on the cover.
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman 5/2/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK (Jake).
Unlucky by Jana Deleon 5/7/18*

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan 6/17/18*****

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman Unlucky by Jana Deleon Digging In by Loretta Nyhan

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in PHOTOGRAPHY .
Michelangelo's Ghost by Gigi Pandian 5/15/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE (Lane).
Quicksand by Gigi Pandian 5/2/18***

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden 5/14/18***

Michelangelo's Ghost (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #4) by Gigi Pandian Quicksand (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #3) by Gigi Pandian A Drop in the Ocean by Jenni Ogden

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.
Barking with the Stars by Sparkle Abbey 6/10/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK (Kate).
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly 6/16/18*

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Better Off Read by Nora Page 5/27/18***

Barking with the Stars (The Pampered Pets Mysteries Book 9) by Sparkle Abbey Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mysteries, #1) by Sheila Connolly Better Off Read (Bookmobile Mystery #1) by Nora Page

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

* 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.
Bone Hook by Toby Neal 6/14/18****

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE (Willow).
Under Lock & Key by Sam Short 5/4/18****

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
The Ninja's Illusion by Gigi Pandian 5/21/18****

Bone Hook (Lei Crime, #10) by Toby Neal Under Lock & Key (Water Witch Cozy Mystery #1) by Sam Short The Ninja's Illusion (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #5) by Gigi Pandian


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Teri-K | 562 comments Good job, Jan. :)


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Jan | 14161 comments Thanks Teri!


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Jan | 14161 comments Way to go Dee!! Glad you enjoyed your visit :)


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 Olivermagnus (lynda214) | 693 comments ~~~ Completed ~~~

Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May 1 - July 31, 2018

15
of 15 Complete

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park

✔ 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 Money Kill - Katia Lief - 6/15/18 - KL

✔ Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Untie My Heart - Judith Ivory - 7/9/18 - MC = Emma

✔ Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro - 6/25/18 - TAF

2. Green Island National Park

✔ 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.
Come Sundown - Nora Roberts - 6/27/18 - NR

✔ Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
The Wild Rose - Jennifer Donnelly - 7/2/18 - Willa Alden

✔ Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Desert Noir - Betty Webb - 5/28/18 - DN

3. Fitzroy Island National Park

✔ 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 .
Out of the Sun - Robert Goddard - 6/14/18 - RG

✔ Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens - 7/3/18 - Lindsey

✔ Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller - 5/11/18 - TSOA

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.
Twisted Prey - John Sandford - 5/3/18 - JS

✔ Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Force of Nature - Jane Harper - 6/3/18 - Aaron

✔ Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Nightfall Over Shanghai - Daniel Kalla - 6/26/18 - NOS

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park

✔ 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.
City of Lies - Victoria Thompson - 5/25/18 - VT

✔ Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Thankless in Death - J.D. Robb - 5/4/18 - ED

✔ Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
Dead If You Don't - Peter James - 6/7/18 - DIYD


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Jan | 14161 comments Terrific job Lynda!!


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Claire  | 73 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
July 11, 2018 - october 10, 2018

1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
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.

* 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.

* 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

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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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

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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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

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.

* 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.

* 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!

* 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

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.

* 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.

* 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!!

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).


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Amanda A | 264 comments Australia's Great Barrier Reef
May - July
Completed: 15/15


1. Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park
* 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.
Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby 5/8

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in SCUBA DIVE.
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis 5/2 (Colbie)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREAT BARRIER REEF (Three Word Minimum).
The Rancher's Baby by Maisey Yates 5/5

2. Green Island National Park
* 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.
World After by Susan Ee 5/1

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in JETTY WALK.
Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson 5/3 (Jack)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in GREEN ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Little Red by Caroline Lee 5/19

3. Fitzroy Island National Park
* 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 Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 5/22

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in TURTLE.
Priceless by Shannon Mayer 5/6 (Rylee)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in FITZROY ISLAND (Two Word Minimum).
Tart of Darkness by Denise Swanson 5/9

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.
The Restorer by Amanda Stevens 5/4

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in KAYAK.
Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern 5/3 (Anna)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HINCHINBROOK ISLAND (Three Word Minimum).
Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay 5/8

5. Whitsunday Islands National Park
* 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.
Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis 5/15
Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone, #1) by Jill Shalvis

* Read a book with a main character whose first name starts with a letter found in WILDLIFE.
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Three Witches of Burberry: by K.M. Waller 5/5 (Lex)

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in WHITSUNDAYS ISLANDS (Three Word Minimum).
The Immortal's Hunger by Kelli Ireland 5/27


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Jan | 14161 comments Wonderful job Amanda!!


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