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there are believed to be more than 500 islands and cays along the Barrier Reef
that had never seen the footprint of any Robinson Crusoe.
It's a very beautiful section of the earth and a very inexpensive one to visit.
Wild goats, as we mentioned a moment ago, are found here in considerable numbers.
And as we come to the southernmost end of Brampton,
we see that there are some stiff tides upon occasion,
and you have to gauge the time when you will cross from one side of the island to the other.
Returning to Brampton just before sunset, we go out onto the Barrier Reef for fossicking,
and that's the word that they give when you're going out after coral.
Now ladies and gentlemen, up until very recent years it was believed that coral was a plant.
It is not a plant. It is an animal, and is a cousin of the jellyfish.
Coral, the aggregation of limey skeletons of untold numbers of tiny sea animals, take a multitude of forms.
They are found in all waters. Even as far north as the fjords of Norway.
But the reef-building type only thrives in tropical shallows.
During the daytime, the corals will retire to their stone houses.
But at night, or with the rising tide, they will stretch out tentacles
to poison and bring plankton to their mouths, which they feed upon.
A two-hour journey from Brampton Island back to Mackay,
and then in our plane to the far north, in Northern Queensland, to Cairns.
At Cairns we will take a little boat, 16 miles to Green Island.
And Green Island was discovered by Captain Cook in 1770.
And more tourists have visited it than any other island or cay on the Barrier Reef.
Each morning at 9:30 a boat heads for Green Island, getting there at 11,
and leaving the island returning to Cairns at three in the afternoon.
A magnificent sandy beach, and here you can get a

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