Thank you so much for your support and lovely comments. It was a great feeling to come back to many familiar faces and some new ones as well! I loved reading all of your feedback.
I have had a lovely holiday and even went whale watching for my birthday! Some of the many photos I took are below. The first one is a dolphin and it travelled right underneath our 12 seater, dingy, speed boat! I haven't had the chance yet to crop some of these photos. We had to stay at least 100m away from the whales as not to disturb them in their natural environment. The last photo is a little hard to see but it is a photo of the whales tail in the air.
At one stage I saw a whale (and I caught it on film!) flapping its tail 5 times in a row against the surface of the water! Then I saw the usual tricks, such as waving and flipping. I had so much fun and I would recommend this experience highly. I also recommend not to watch from a big boat, such as the Steve Erwin tour boat, but from the smaller boats with less people, because you are able to see everything with 360 degree views and can talk/hear everyone, especially the tour guide. Our boat was a 12 seater dingy type boat, the fastest boat in the area, from Liquid Getaway. It was so much fun, even if you don't see any exciting whales, the fast ride out and in is definitely a highlight!!! Here is their facebook website for more photos from other trips: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liquid-Getaway-Mooloolaba-Ocean-Adventures/219270121425346