Blogs from Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns October 16th 2023

After an all too brief visit to Cairns to celebrate the boy's birthday, we headed once again toward Kuranda. This time by car rather than tourist train or Skyrail. As you pass over the Kuranda Range, rainforest changes quickly to dry eucalypts, grass trees and bigger ant hills. Davies Creek was our first stop. Massive granite outcrops with cool clear water making its way to the Barron River. The 850m circuit was a nice walk with some scrambles over rock face and pretty creek spots as well as a good view of the falls that would no doubt be very different in wet season. Next stop was Emerald Creek Icecreamery. The chocolate ginger was exceptional. We visited Meerba to grab a couple of things from the IGA. Kust past there Mount Uncle distillery had 4 gins, ... read more
Davies Creek
Davies Creek
Davies Creek

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns September 10th 2023

Vår road-trip med lille Piglet fortsätter och vi har nu under vårt frukostråd bestämt oss för att dyka. Det har vi snackat om redan från början att vi skulle göra och det kändes som om Sandy var rätt uppspelt över att få dyka med farsan. Och vice versa.Jag oxå uppspelt men med en stor dos oro då det var typ 11 år sedan jag dök senast - på Kanarieöarna och första dyket, av två, där gick inge vidare. Jag höll på att panika och det är inte så bra att göra det med en 15 meters vattenpelare över sig. Och även om andra dyket då gick bra så ligger den där osköna känslan kvar. Så jag var rätt spänd men men ändå exalterad för jag vet ju att dykning är helt otroligt när allt lirar. Det ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns May 30th 2023

On Saturday we arrived at our mooring outside Port Douglas. We weren't able to go ashore until after 10am. We went down for the morning quiz, (which we won again) and snaking through the Ocean Bar was a long queue waiting for tender tickets. I waited until it was near the end and then joined. We were still able to go in Group 4. After the quiz we watched as they launched the tenders and then noticed two large ferries coming from the mainland. Then we went into the bar to wait for our group to be called. It was not until about 11am that we got on board one of the larger boats and then it was a short ride to the wharf.It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the sunshine and the fresh ... read more
Port Douglas Marina
Lunch at Hemingway's
The Lady Douglas

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns December 6th 2022

Travel day today, so nothing really exciting to say. We repacked our cases and hand luggage ready for the flight to Cairns then relaxed until we had to be out of the room at 10am. We were very close to the airport so by 10:15am we’d dropped off the car and made our way to check in. We were flying Virgin Australia this time and it was a very quick and easy process to drop our bags off and it was lovely jumping the long zig zag queue in the priority security queue! We were through in a few minutes and headed for the lounge. We were pretty early so had about three hours to wait, but it passed really quickly in the comfort of the lounge with a couple of prosecco’s. The flight was only ... read more
2. Good Bye Adelaide
3. Skies over Adelaide
4. Skies approaching Cairns

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns August 22nd 2022

After being spoilt for facilities (and having enjoyed a powered caravan site with an ensuite at Cairns), it was time to stretch our wings and enjoy another farm stay, this time at a little town called Mirriwinni, near Babinda. The farm stay had a crystal clear creek running through it, a spacious camp kitchen, a tropical fruit orchard, and two swimming holes, one with an Aqua Bike (more about that later). There were also two ponies who were always up for a pat, named Caramel and Cisco, and three dogs. We also captured our first image of a wild Ulysses Butterfly. Our first call of duty was to try out the new Italian Café in Babinda, called Francesca’s, and the coffee and cake did not disappoint. A genuine taste of Italy thanks to Francesca. We were ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns August 18th 2022

We were a little unsure about staying in Cairns after listening to the radio shock jocks railing against out of control crime in the area, as we were driving down the Far North Queensland coast. We had booked into Big 4 Ingenia Holiday Park at Worri, which is a fifteen minute drive from the centre of Cairns, and we couldn’t have felt safer. Security gates and regular patrols were in place, and the facilities in the park were the best we had encountered. Two water parks, a mini BMX track, playgrounds, an excellent café and reception doubling up as a tourist booking agency, made our stay there memorable. Cairns, being the first large city that we had stayed in on our trip, provided an opportunity to take care of some minor maintenance. First priority was our ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns July 18th 2022

Day 1 Virgin changed our flight from 1130 to 930 but this worked in our favour as when we arrived at the airport we asked if there was an earlier connecting flight from Sydney to Cairns and there was, so we were able to get to Cairnd in the daylight and get settled into our backpackers, Gilligans before headed out to get a drink by the pool and do shots, as one does. We headed out to one of the breweries to try the local beer at Sauce and Co, and ended up eating there enjoying some local trout. A brief walk around, we checked out the Cairns night markets that was full of the general stuff markets have, before heading back to Gilli's for cheap drinks; $4 base spirits and I may have had a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches July 28th 2021

Following on from my previous theme of walks around Cairns, I decided to return to one local to me called Earl Hill. This was a track I had used many years ago when training to tackle the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. At that time, the track was quite steep, with high step ups, which I needed to train for Kokoda. I would go up and down it about 3 times, with my back pack, to strenghten my legs. Over the last couple of years, the local Council has completed a lot of work on the track, taking out many of the high steps and putting in a more zig zag track. This has made the track much easier and the steps which have been installed are very good. A surprise on the way up, ... read more
Earl Hill, Trinity Beach, Cairns
Earl Hill, Trinity Beach, Cairns
Earl Hill, Trinity Beach, Cairns

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns July 11th 2021

After spending an uneventful weekend in Townsville following my Whitsundays sailing trip - during which most of my time was spent catching up on all the action I had missed from the Euro 2020 football championships - I took a coach five hours north to the (pre-covid) backpacker mecca of Cairns, where two of the best years of my life were spent in days gone by. My timing couldn't have been better, as the very next day Townsville was sent into lockdown; while Cairns was being inundated by families taking advantage of Australian school holidays. Unfortunately my arrival also coincided with some unseasonal wet weather (dry season, my arse) so my first few days in town were spent in a sort of suspended animation, wishing I could get out and explore the surrounding area but instead ... read more
Highest Mountain in Queensland
Avoiding the Highway
Beautiful View

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Inn The Tropics November 28th 2020

With the Australian Government banning International travel and States closing their borders, due to Covid 19, it has been a difficult year, wishing I could get out and about again on the trails. I decided therefore to do some blogs on local tracks which I use, around my home base in Cairns. These are tracks and trails which I train on, but if you are ever in Far North Queensland, would be good to do. The first I chose, is a track to Glacier Rock, on the Douglas Track. You start at the Stoney Creek car park and follow the well worn track through a rainforest. The track goes over the Kuranda Railway line and the 108 steps over the railway bridge, is the toughest part of the hike. Elevation gain is about 440 metres, so ... read more
Glacier Rock - Cairns

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