Queensland Explorer travel blog

Silver sugar cane paddocks

Ready to harvest

The flowers

Walsh's Pyramid (south of Cairns)

Crystal Cascades, a rainforest walk

Crystal cascades

Crystal Cascades

Caravan Park pancake breakfast (on Thursdays)

Curlew, an intriguing bird

Up the hill to the rainforest and Kuranda

Cairns in the background

The canopy

Barron Gorge

Barron Falls


Kuranda train station, beautifully maintained with award winning gardens

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Guess who

Half way down the hill

A bridge

Stony creek waterfall

Nearing the bottom

Hi All,

Staying in Cairns gave us time to slow down dramatically, relaxing and enjoying warm weather something which seems to be missing in winter down south where we normally live. Whist not overly warm at night the days are beautiful, shorts, and tee shirts with a light sweater at night. We planned on doing a few things here which so far is going to plan not hard when we don’t plan too much. A visit to Palm Cove, basically an apartment holiday area, the Kuranda Skyrail and return by heritage train, good look around the city of Cairns, good look at Gordonvale (just south of Cairns, a few walks in the rainforest especially in Crystal Cascades a lovely walk beside a creek with flowing water and a well formed pathway making the walk relatively easy, a drive to Yungaburra and of course a few lunches.

We spent an interesting day going to a tourist village called Kuranda, getting there and back is most of the fun you go up in gondolas rising to over 500mtrs travelling very close to God over the canopy of the rainforest. On the way you can get off and view the rainforest at ground level and we were fortunate enough to hear a presentation by a ranger, very interesting. We looked at the shops selling the regulation souvenirs all of course probably made in China and lunched. Returning down the hill is by train, old restored carriages hauled by diesel electric engines. The construction of the line was basically on cliff faces and took years to do and claimed over 30 lives. The lines snakes around 2 valleys finally reaching level ground after about an hour and a half, an extremely interesting journey especially when you think of how the track was built over 120 years ago.

At the moment the sugar cane here is ready for harvest. At the point when its ready it grows flowers, silver ones when looked down upon from heights the paddocks are just a mass of silver, a very unique view, we have shown some photos of this effect.

So in a couple of days we will move on for more different grounds.

Until the next journal as ever.

Love and regards

Mum and Dad

AA and UM

GM and GD

Anne and Marco

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