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Published: October 8th 2012
Hundreds of plantations of cane can be viewed from the Bruce Highway
The Boulders picnic area at Babinda was a really interesting place with water holes where tourists and locals visit to cool off. However the water was too cool for Pete and I so we were happy to just go for some short walks around the area. Also there are warning signs everywhere to only swim where marked as there have been many drownings due to strong undercurrents when the water is high. On our walks we did see a rare Ulysees butterfly which are quite large and a beautiful bright blue along with several other large butterlies so that was quite special.
Next stop was Cairns. We have been here before but it is lovely to be here again as there is so much to do. Today we joined the daily guided walk at the Botanical gardens but the heavens decided to open up and it had to be cancelled unfortunately and yet an hour later we had sunshine once more! It is our first day of real rain even though it has stopped and started all day and so it ended up being our catch up on washing day and using the campsite dryer!
Pete and I happened
upon a chemist giving free blood pressure checks and we were elated to see that both of us have excellent readings with mine particular being very low considering that it used to be bordering the threat of medication high. I am sure it is due to the fact that I am now more active with lots of biking and walking, a really healthy diet plus losing 4kg in weight. Once again, definitely recommend this lifestyle change!
Sunshine out again so we took the train to Kuranda through the rainforest and walked around this pretty tourist town in the hills. We then camed down by gondola over the treetop rainforest which was amazing.
Next day we left Cairns for Palm Beach, a very chic area north with huge resort hotels for the rich. We naturally headed for the local camping ground but had a great time one of the many bars chatting to the locals.
A walk along the beach proved very interesting when we spied a crocodile thankfully on the other side of the estuary!
Onward to Cook Town tomorrow.
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