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Oct 29, 2018 - The Great Barrier Reef

After Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the state of the Northern Territory, we flew to Cairns in the state of Queensland. I forgot to mention before, Qantas still feeds you on flights over 2 hours! So civilized! Upon arrival in Cairns we had a transfer up to Port Douglas. The drive was beautiful. It was called the Pacific Highway and rivaled our own Pacific Coast Highway in California. Stayed at the Ramada resort outside of town. Just so so. Pretty property. Like a rain forest which the area is in. We walked about three miles on the beach into town....

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Jul 18, 2018 - Mission Beach and Cairns

It has almost been three weeks and all is going well, the only mishap so far has been a stone chip in the centre of the windscreen on the driver's side. O'Brien Glass said it was too big to repair whereas a local company did a great job and only charged $65. We are lucky to be here this time of year as it is outside of marine stinger season. Funny to think all this glorious coastline and you take your life in your hands six months of the year. The bad news is there are crocodiles all year round, however good news you don't have to worry...

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Jul 15, 2018 - Great Barrier Reef

We reached Cairns (pronounced cans) where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. We had planned on staying here for three days but ended up staying six days as this place has a lot to do and the weather was superb! Plus, we both needed a city “fix” as most of our trip to this point has been in outback and rural areas with only small towns. We hiked, went bicycling, toured a super interesting botanical garden, went to a great aquarium, and best of all we snorkeled two different sites on the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is farther from...

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Apr 14, 2018 - fly to Cairns

Ever since we crossed the International Dateline, we haven’t been ourselves. We go to bed before 10 and rise before 6. That’s just not the way we normally live, but there is so much to see and do, we try to cram in as much as possible. We probably will never be here again and especially at a special spot like Uluru. We rose before dawn to travel to the sun rise viewing platforms to see the new day arrive on the rock. We were on the other side of Uluru from where we saw the sun set and there were far fewer people. For me it was a more...

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Mar 22, 2018 - Cairns - Day 1

Cairns is a coastal town that has many backpackers and Asian tourists. From what I understand many Australians don't stay there, but go to nicer places up the coast. But we did not have a rental car and public transit was pretty much non-existent. Plus the hotels are only about 15 minutes away from the airport. It made for a decent base camp for our tours. The hotel (Il Palazzo) was decent and the staff were friendly and helpful. It was right in the heart of things and one block from the water. There were two problems with the hotel room....

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Feb 16, 2018 - Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

Hot and bright sunshine today for going to the Great Barrier Reef. The cruise dock in Cairns (pronounced Cans) is in a very nice waterfront area, next to the CBD (downtown) and casino. Another ship, Artiana, is parked behind us. The announcements from the Artiana sounded German as we walked by. The marina for our excursion boat is about ¾ mile down the waterfront. Its already 85 with 80% humidity. Good thing we are wearing our bathing suits as we are already dripping sweat walking to the boat. The boat is a 3 level Catamaran, similar to...

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Feb 16, 2018 - Cairns Australia

History: Queensland”s seaside resort town, Cairns, pronounced Cans is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,stretching 1,400 miles can’t describe the beauty. Interesting beaches lined with red boxes that house VINAGAR for relief from jellyfish stings and signs that warn of crocodile attacks, yep and the sharks are all around you. We swam in the ships pool.

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Nov 25, 2017 - Australia

Good day mate! Well we have done a lot of travelling since my last update. We were in Christchurch where we spent 2 nights. While we were there we went on an Alpine Safari which took us by 6 wheel drive up to some farm in the hills where we seen some beautiful scenery not to mention lots of sheep. After that we toured part of the Wiamak Gorge where we boarded a jet boat and headed down the Waimakariri River. There they fed us lunch and then our guide took us to Arthurs Pass where we took the TranzAlpine train back to Christchurch. The next...

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Oct 27, 2017 - Cairns

Cairns First discovered by Captain Cook in 1770 who named Trinity Bay as it was Trinity Sunday when he anchored here. Gold was discovered in 1876 that led to the large settlement called Cairns. The city is a very modern city with a small town feel. There are many outdoor activities centered around the 2,000 mile long Great Barrier Reef, The Barron Gorge National Park and the usual Crocodile Wildlife Park. Since I had been here in 1994 for a week and been out to the reef and white water rafting and we only had one day to visit we chose the...

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Oct 17, 2017 - Travel from Townsville back to Cairns

October 17, 2017-Today was a travel day—we drove from Townsville back to Cairns and turned in our RVs. We took a bus back to the same Cairns hotel. Susan and I wandered over to the mall again, then walked back down the streets to dinner. The most interesting thing to day from my perspective was the Indian food restaurant we ate at for dinner. For entertainment they had some videos running of Indian pop stars giving concerts. But these were very free form events—the pop star would be performing on a stage where concert goers and friends of...

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Oct 7, 2017 - In the RV in Cairns

October 7, 2017- First night in the RV. It took a little getting used to the small bed that we are sharing compared to the king size beds we had been enjoying before. The accomodations are kinda tight, but the RV is efficient and offers pretty much all we need for comfortable RV living. We have a hot pot that boils water, a microwave and a toaster. This morning our group was taking a walk to the Botanical Gardens. This was about 1.5 kilometers from the campground. We enjoyed nice sunny weather while we walked around botanical displays and...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Moving into the RVs

October 6, 2017- Today it was all about getting and equipping the RVs. A bus picked us picked us up and took us to the RV rental facility. It took most of the morning to get the rental doen aned a checkout of the RV. We found one tire on our unit that looked pretty bad, so the RV place replaced the tire. This put us behind the rest of the group too. But we finally got our stuff into the RV, got all the background info on how to operate it, and left the rental facility around noon. Now we had to provision the RV. We stopped at an IGA...

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