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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches December 30th 2016

To those crying at the airport/train station/bus station.. I know how you feel. Saying goodbye or see you soon never gets any easier. Sorry to be the one to say it. People say it gets easier. But when does it actually get any if slightly easier? A month being away from your family home, a year? I have done it so many times with different people, including my family, friends, my dog and it's pretty upsetting.. Every time there are a lot of tears shed. You never know when your paths may meet again. When I'm traveling I can't even count the amount of times I've seen other travelers cry when they wave off their parents/son/daughter/friends. When I see this small but hugely affecting scene, I tear up a bit inside knowing I have been there. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches September 23rd 2015

No doubt about it, it’s been a privilege. I’ve never been tempted to count my time spent scouring the globe or the number of countries visited. A ballpark figure would be 7 years and 80 nations. That may read global but there’s one shameful admission. Intricate knowledge of our own plot of dirt is comparatively scant. An enquiry from somewhere else on the planet such as, “So, is the Great Barrier Reef as spectacular as all the reports” was invariably met with, “I’ll let you know when I get there some time”. As a consequence, there has been an ever-increasing desire the last couple of years to address the imbalance. The current parlous state of the Oz dollar sealed the deal. WRINKLES, GREY HAIR, BACKPACKS AND ACCENTS. Ann hour or so lazy drive north of Cairns ... read more
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Karanda, Atherton Tablelands
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches September 10th 2015

Day 1: Made it to Cairns! The last flight (Auckland to Cairns, 5 1/2 hours) seemed to take forever. It was awesome having a window seat though because the plane flew right up the east coast of Australia and I watched the Great Barrier Reef out the window the whole flight. I've probably slept for 3 hours total in the last 2 days. The coffee in Australia and New Zealand is unreal! They only have espresso based coffee, no drip stuff. You can get the regulars: cappuccino, latte, etc., but they have a drink here called a "flat white," which is a shot of espresso filled with milk (similar to an americano, but with milk instead of water) Tomorrow is checking out the town, explore a bit and see what happens!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches March 4th 2015

I am dedicating this ' Down Under' tour in memory of my dear friend, Tina Day Coffin, who helped make it possible. I decided to go on a 17 day Grand Circle Tour of Australia and New Zealand with 8 friends, all from Cape Cod, we called ourselves the Cape Cod 8! This was my first tour with GC. I flew from Denpasar, Bali to Sydney, Australia, 9 hrs., where I had to clear Australian customs, take a bus to the domestic airport and then fly to Cairns, 3 hrs away. Cairns is on the Northeast coast, along the beautiful Coral Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef. It is quite a lovely beach town, with good restaurants and shopping. Unfortunately, the day scheduled for snorkeling the reef was extremely windy with seas 8-10'. We had an ... read more
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Koala bear and guide
Wetherby Station purebred, grass fed cattle

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches February 21st 2015

We didn't have long in Brisbane so after the bus tour we thought we'd do a museum - but they closed on Mondays! So we went to a very pretty park for some lunch and a nice lady gave us a little tour which we enjoyed. Brisbane seemed a very pleasant city but unremarkable, known for Castlemaine XXXX. Our train, 'The Spirit of Queensland' left in the afternoon and took 15 hours to get to Proserpine. We were in the first class section so we had lovely big seats with TV which then made into a bed at night - just like airline business class. They brought our food to us as well so we were comfy and well looked after and saw plenty of kangaroos on this trip. Proserpine is just over half way to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches May 3rd 2014

Current Mood: Time for a holiday. Ok so once again I have been a little bit slack on my updates and I would like to say that I will do better from now on. One of the main reasons I haven’t updated in such a long time is that after Bali, Trekking the great Rinjani Mountain I found myself becoming a resident of Australia, so yes it all paid off. Casey and I waited for a further month in Bali hanging out on Kuta Beach or in Amed for the Email that allowed for me to join her on our new life in Australia. Good old Sunilla from Brisbane sent us the email on a Tuesday and by Thursday we were both sitting in a Backpackers in Far North Queensland, Cairns wondering what the hell we ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches July 25th 2013

Yes in true Top Gear challenge fashion, I have found the two greatest driving roads in the Australia, at least. Not in a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin, but a knackered ten year old Ford Futra stationwagon, with the most dim-witted automatic gearbox possible. From humble beginnings etc... From our rest-stop at Saunders bins, we continued north up past Cairns, to the only free campsite in north Queensland called Rifle Creek. To get there involves driving up the Captain Cook Highway as far as Port Douglas, but the fun bit is the 28km of World Heritage section of the highway. It combines the tight twists and turns with the most stunning coastline you can imagine, twice as good at sunset. The second amazing road was the mountain road from Port Douglas to Rifle Creek. It's mainly ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches April 1st 2013

Aw! left Cairns today, we've had a good time just meandering round the beaches and tropical rain forest Plenty for the memory banks. Woke up before alarm at 07:15 and had time for coffee, toast and fruit salad before driving to the airport. It was 29 degrees when we dropped off the car, and got through baggage drop and into departures/arrivals for 10:30. Had more coffee and a sandwich (cake for Brian) to kill the hour and half before take off. The flight down along the Barrier Reef coast was stunning scenery through the sun and sparse white cloud -so blue and green! Chicken curry and rice on the plane whilst watching a movie on the supplied iPad. Landed at 16:00 but had lost a hour somewhere in the air again - sunny 22 degrees will ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches March 25th 2013

Alarm went off at 06:00 and was straight in the shower bleary eyed. Tea and remainder of the bananas and on the road for 07:10 Warm Melbourne day even then at 22 degrees and and saw dawn over the M80 airport road just before the queues! Was sweating a bit but the queue didn't last long and had dropped off the car by 08:15. Security was quick so had time for a big brekkie large muffin to share between us with coffee. The flight to Cairns with lunch passed quickly and gained an hour in time difference (Queensland has no Summer Time). As we stepped off the plane the humidity and heat hit us. Was sweating properly when we collected and loaded the hire car - another upgrade - thanks Europcar. The dashboard said 33 degrees ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches June 24th 2012

When we arrived at Kewarra Beach Resort in Cairns (pronounced "Cans"), the first question Brian whispered to me was "What did this place cost?!", to which I replied, "Don't worry about it!" We felt like movie stars. The resort was open air, with views of the beach through the palm trees and they brought us a fresh cocktail while we waited for the bellman to arrive to escort us to our own private bungalow: Bungalow #69! Brian said, "I wonder if they give this room to all the honeymooners!" Anyway, to get to the room we basically walked on a path through a rainforest before arriving at our bungalow. We washed up and then headed back to the main lobby for a wonderful dinner at Paperbark Restuarant. Brian opted for the Kangaroo (since we'd just so ... read more
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