Ok this was one of the scariest experiences in Oz so far, you will notice this by how pale I look in the photos. Our instructor 'Macca' wanted to make our time on the Tully River as exciting and adrenalin filled as possible and to achieve this he deflated our rafts and not just a little bit; we were bouncing all over the place. Stories were told and I'm not sure how true they were, but they didn't fill me with great confidence. We had to jump out of our raft and swim in the river (so we were used to the temperature if we were to fall in later) the rapids were strong! Tom, bless him had put on the wrong size life jacket and the moment we got in the water it rose above him, both his head and high rised jacket were bobbing down the rapids. What a job it was to try and lift ourselves back into the raft, the more I laughed the harder it became. We got wedged between the rocks a few times and had to be nudged out by the other rafts (that's if we weren't having a water fight with them).
The names of the waterfalls and different rapids were pretty bizarre, but again I don't know how true they were, or whether Macca made them up… me being the gullible person that I am. We went through a waterfall called.. the orgasm. It was so ferocious, that ferocious it pushed one of my contacts out. I managed to put it back in, but neither contact lasted the duration of the day.
Not only were we rafting, we were also jumping off tall rocks (about 20 odd feet). Also, there was a natural slide which had formed in the river and the majority of groups were going down it in their raft in different positions. Instead of using our raft and doing it the safe way, Macca got us to form a line (like a train) and slide down it as a group. It took us about 10 seconds to surface, but it felt like we were under for about a minute.. It was scary. Its on a DVD which I have just sent home, but I will put it on Facebook eventually if the files not too big.
It was an awesome day and I had an amazing bunch of people in my raft! Also I don't think it would have been the same without Macca - what a thrill seeker, but an absolute legend!!