2020 The COVID-19 staycation year travel blog

Lagoon at Cairns

Manta ray sculpture at Cairns

One of Sidney Nolan's Iconic Ned Kelly artworks at Cairns Art Gallery

Very impressive flowering vine at Kuranda

What a stunner

A butterfly encounter at Kuranda

Ullyses Butterfly with wings closed - it was resting

Barron Falls

Great view heading up to Kuranda


We spent two nights in Cairns at the Bohemia Resort. Our first room was lovely except it smelt of cigarettes and had a shared bathroom in the hall so we upgraded to an ensuite room. The resort grounds had tropical gardens and balinese statues and a pool and slide. Most of the other guests seemed to be long term aboriginal residents. The rooms were reduced from $130 to $58!!!!!

We ate dinner at the RSL which has a great location opposite the Esplanande. It was very lively and the food was excellent both nights we were there. After dinner we strolled along the Esplanande as did many other people. Most of whom were enjoying eating ice cream. The temperate at 8.15pm was still 27.2 degrees and already quite humid for August!

The tide was out and the mudflats were all exposed. Cairns doesn't have a great beach but does have the lovely huge man made lagoon overlooking the Coral Sea.

We saw Bob Katter on television spruiking the Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly exhibition at the Cairns Art Gallery so next morning we made a beeline for the gallery. We hadn't pre-booked but luckily were able to see this wonderful exhibition which has been extended due to COVID-19.

After a McDonald's brunch we headed inland to the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary. It is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere and boy are those butterflies friendly.

The sanctuary is home to many magnificent tropical butterflies including the electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green & yellow Cairns Birdwing. It was an enchanting experience watching them land on us.

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