Blogs from Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

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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

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City February 10th 2020

Leaving Adelaide, we flew straight to Cairns. Along with Townsville, Cairns is one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. When Jennie and I were here in 2005 we went to Townsville and took a dive boat boat out 200 miles into the Coral Sea for a week, but we never actually saw the GBR. For this trip, we decided to headquarter in Cairns, where the reef is much closer to the shore. Our hotel was right on the waterfront. Initially, it appeared that there was a big harbor outside our door, but when the tide went out it became apparent that it was actually just a large mud flat with sprouting mangrove seedlings. The harbor was at the end of the city, where there was a large mixed use development that appeared to be ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns August 25th 2019

We are back on the road for some distance that I'm driving for the first time. Over the next three blog entries, we'll bring you all the way from Cairns to Surfers Paradise. Been few times to Cairns, and few times to the Gold Coast.....but in between, it is a first. We landed late in Cairns and staid in what must be one of nicest Ibis Style I ever stay in....imagine, a Jacuzzi and kitchenette with a microwave in this kind of hotel, this is a first for Tanya and I. So before the shop would close, we rushed to the local Coles for some nice food and a bottle of wine to enjoy in our little home for the night. No car tonight, we will pick our new ride tomorrow just after lunch. In the ... read more
We live in Shelly Beach, South Africa....Australia has few Shelly Beach...this is one of them!
Superbe ray by the Yongala
Tanya on Mission Beach...

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns July 2nd 2019

We awoke on Sunday morning after an amazing catch-up the night before. We find it so easy to stay with our friends as they allow us to have our own space but are always there to provide hospitality if we need it. The conversation continued and we had a relaxed morning. Graham and Liz suggested we go to a local park, Lake Placid, for a walk and lunch. This was a beautiful area, not far from their house where there is a river and a large lake and walking trails. We went to Alessandro's Pizza restaurant for lunch. This is in a great location with fabulous views of the lake, but the service was very slow. We did have some good pizzas to share and some nice wine. Back at their house we continued the conversation ... read more
Some of the tanks on show
Tank
Another tank

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns June 1st 2019

Since last weeks blog we have enjoyed good food, wine, company, sightseeing, and such. So nice here with the weather holding its great temperatures and the sun not to hot. Just enjoying being around this wonderful place. A bit of swimming in the pool and walking the beaches. My niece,Louise and her daughter, Lexi arrived from Christchurch to enjoy a break, and so the days became a bit different with a 21 month old doing a great job in entertaining her grandparents and grand aunty and uncle. She really is a cutie. On the Friday before Louise arrived we drove down to a town where my old friend Ian had his stand doing his farmers market selling. This market is very well known on the coast and is well attended by a huge amount of people. ... read more
The Farm House.
Macedonia Nuts.
Out By The nut Trees.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Inn The Tropics April 24th 2019

"Not all those who wander are lost". JRR Tolkien I have in prior travels and blogs extolled the merits of RV travel as being the very best way of truly seeing a country. Very few rules apply but our philosophy is simply never to plan or book ahead, avoid staying in one place for less than two nights and avoid doing more than 300km on any single day between destinations. So, with these markers in place our final evening in Port Douglas revolved around planning how to get to Cairns, our next stop. Slipping down the Great Barrier Reef was too easy and obvious, so we chose an inland route. Cyril, (nickname for the voice on our navigator device and with ZERO deference to President Ramapromisa), duly kicked in when we had typed in a key ... read more
GBR
On the Cay
Coral viewing

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns November 15th 2018

After 6 months of work, we take off to Cairns - the beginning of the end of our yearlong traveling adventure! Cairns is famous for its Great Barrier Reef tours where many tourists get to see sharks, plenty of colourful fish and corals; and for its rainforest tours due to its location in the wet tropics. I laughed at how there are signs and a waiting area for Uber at the Cairns airport (and someone pointed it to us) - we had to hide the fact that we were taking Uber in so many Asian countries! At 4pm, the streets of Cairns were deserted - it was a bit of a weird feel. We were very hungry so after checking in at Bounce, our hostel (which was nice and pretty cheap), we went for a nice ... read more
Alexandra Lookout
Daintree Rainforest River Tour
Mossman Gorge, Rainforest walk

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns October 18th 2018

Unser letzter Tag in Australien startet um 8:00 Uhr mit dem Wecker. Wir hätten alle gerne noch länger geschlafen, aber um 10 ist Checkout, wir haben noch nicht gepackt und das Haus ist noch nicht aufgeräumt. Um Punkt 10 haben wir es dann aber auch geschafft und machen uns auf, noch einmal in Cairns zu shoppen: Emma ist auf der Jagd nach UGGs, Anja nach Opalen. Die UGG Jagt gestaltet sich schwieriger als erwartet, denn scheinbar haben auch Australierinnen eher kleinere Füße als wir. Der angesteuerte Souvenir Shop kann nicht liefern und ebenso das große Kaufhaus. Der Flughafen bleibt die letzte Option. Wir decken uns ein letztes Mal bei Cole‘s mit Lebensmitteln ein und fahren dann in Richtung Strand. Auf dem Weg halten wir bei einem Opal-Miener, über dessen Schild „The Opal Factory“ wir schon mehrfach ... read more
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Lunch
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