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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City August 11th 2011

A very quick blog entry today as I'm going out in a minute. Flew up from Melbourne today, where we spent the last couple of days in the Yara valley - lots of vineyards and wineries, so had to do a bit of sampling of course! Also saw some kangaroos hopping about and was woken up by wild cockatoos shouting outside the window. The down side was that it was very cold and raining - just like home in fact! But here in Cairns it's warm and sunny again - 28 degrees, although it's 7.30pm now ( 10 am in England I think) Going to Port Douglas tomorrow and taking a trip to the barrier reef. I have heard briefly about some riots in the UK - saw something on the front of a paper in ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City August 7th 2011

Hi everyone, Realised it was forever since I did a blog entry and as it will be a year since I left home in a few days I thought it would be good to do an update. I am now living in a hostel in Cairns working on the reception and travel desk, it is pretty fun as you get to meet lots of new people all the time and to go on trips for free to try them out. Went on a tour of some great waterfalls around the atherton tablelands and rainforest last weekend and going out snorkelling on the great barrier reef for the second time tomorrow on a luxury boat. Also went to the launch new boat on Friday night and got to meet loads of people, free champagne and food and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City July 31st 2011

Charters Towers, Cairns to Lakelands 25th July we headed off with Margy feeling sick, not good. We stopped at Balgal Beach, (No 37 Camps Book 6) a beautiful free spot, but it was full. We pushed on & we travelled through Cardwell & I got a shock, there were still houses with no roofs from Cyclone Yasi. The vegetation was still struggling & trees were still lying over. My heart went out to them. We pushed on passing sugar cane & Bananas coming good & we stopped at Kennedy’s Store, free camp if you bought something from the store (No 29 Camps Book 6). 26th July we pushed on to Cairns Coconut Resort Caravan Park which is a great park. We set up & left Marg laying down feeling awful & went shopping to get a ... read more
1b  25-7-11 Balgal Beach
1c  25-7-11 Balgal Beach
2a 26-7-11 Cyclone Yasi Damage North of Cardwell

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City July 26th 2011

After leaving Flying Fish Point we travelled just a short distance to a place called Fishery Falls which is a very small town 35km south of Cairns. We had been told this caravan park was really nice so we thought we would stay a couple of nights before venturing onto Cairns. It was a nice park with lovely gardens, set behind the hotel and that was the whole of the town with just a few other houses. A lot of people stay at this park and travel to Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands as it is so peaceful. They have a Happy Hour every Friday evening and they have a raffle with about 6 prizes and Trevor and I were lucky enough to win the 2nd highest prize of $30 so we were very pleased. The ... read more
Chillagoe Caves
Creek 1
Creek 2

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City July 23rd 2011

My flight is at 6:20 AM, the shuttle is at 4:50 and my alarm is set for 3:30. I am more than ready to leave Darwin. The city is noisy and busy. I like more of the outback towns of Alice Springs where it is more small town atmosphere. I make it to the airport 30 minutes before the flight and just to the boarding gate as they begin to board. First time on the no frills Jet Star. Trust me it is very budget. They don;t even have signs directing you to the plane. The walkway and steps lead to the outside and 2 planes are sitting there. I had to ask a ground crew member which plane was going to Cairns. He had to ask someone. Now I am a little worried about the ... read more
Awesome Lagoon
The lagoon beach side
Beach

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City » Inn The Tropics July 13th 2011

After travelling about half the South Island, we ventured to the North Island. It was an instant shock. After being on an Island with ¼ of the countries population, and where each town has a nominal population and everything shuts down at 5:00 pm, landing in Wellington on the North Island was a cheap high! The lights, the cars and the diversity of food was a welcome surprise. The North Island even has true highways! Our final destination was just North of Auckland where we would be wwoofing for a couple, named Lily and Steve. We took our time getting there and stopped in national parks and tried to hike but it rained so bad that we weren’t allowed to hike. A much-needed stop was in Rotaura, famous for their hot springs. They even have a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City » Inn The Tropics July 8th 2011

So we landed in Cairns at around 9:30am...only a short flight (2 hrs or so) Strangest thing we saw in Cairns was the presence of clouds for the first time in 4 weeks! We spent 3 days doing absolutely nothing there until on monday we went diving/snorkling on the great barrier reef.. WOW what a place to snorkle (Rob says it's amazing to scuba dive) We had 8 hours on the reef with Passions of Paradise, very good tour, well worth the money...the colours on the reef are so amazing and soo many fish... After this we ended up renting a nice Holden Commodore SV6 (reminds me of a Monte Carlo) sweet car, very nice indeed...we then headed out to Cooktown (last place north we could drive too) then we headed to Undara and visited some ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City July 3rd 2011

So in Cairns now, so thought I would update you on the last few weeks! Will try and keep it as short as possible but have done so much! Darwin was okay...really small and not much to do! Obviuosly you can't go swimming because of the crocs, but when to the waterfront which was really nice. Went to Kakadou National Park for two days and camped which was really good fun. Highlights were definitely climbing Ubir and looking at all the aborginal art on the rocks and watching the sunset at the top was definitelt a highlight! The second day highlight was definitelt going to Jim Jim falls - we had to go on a 4 wheel drive track to get there which was bumpy to say the least! Took a 2 hour trek to get ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City June 6th 2011

Still Alive. Havn't written for a while for a couple of reasons, been really busy, AND back at the end of newzealand I lost a whole blog so have been in abit of a rage ever since. In Cairns now, have been for about a week. Had a wicked birthday, and silly hot weather up here. Too much effort to write about the rest of newzealand now, just going to have to remeber some highlights. Queenstown is the best place on earth, had a wicked week there. Favourite night out was gangster night, seems ages ago now but can just about remember most of it. A good 20 of us hit the steets sporting hand drawn tattoos (including drawn on weapons sticking out of our trousers, tear drops, gang signs, and many more), slit eye brows, ... read more
12 Apostles
Manly Beach
Kims House

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City June 3rd 2011

We arrived at mission beach and stayed with Rochelle, Andrew, Liam and Ryan. We went down to the beach and lit a fire. We collected coconuts and tried to smash them open but they were too strong. I pretended to be mum in her cardigan while she went for a run. Dad, Ash and I performed at the Mission Beach school because Rochelle is a teacher there. We saw the BIG cassowary in town and then saw one when we went for a walk. The cassowary is an endangered spieces of large flightless bird. Dad went fishing with Andrew in his boat and saw lots of salt water crocodiles. We left to go camping at Babinda which is a place under a mountain called Mount Bartle Frère which is the tallest mountain in Queensland. We were ... read more
Gone troppo for coconuts
Cassowary poo
Performance at Mission Beach primary




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