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Nov 11, 2006 - Innisfail and Mission Beach

We arrived in the beautiful little town Innisfail on Saturday evening. This town, which is of great significance to Carols family, was damaged badly by Cyclone Larry in the last year and it is inspiring to see the great strides that the community has made to get back to normality. We stayed with Carols families friends, Lillian and her daughters Becky and Lisa in the town. They made us feel so welcome and spent so much of their time showing us around the district and explaining its history. Lillians parents came over to meet us on our...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Apr 15, 2006 - Sun, sea and surf in Queensland (Part 1)

We stepped out of the plane in Cairns and thought we had walked into a sauna - it was 30 degrees and very humid (slightly different from the 30 degrees dry heat of Alice Springs). Anyway we met up with Markus (again) and Georgio, picked up our large hire car (well it had to be with all our stuff we are accumulating), and headed up the coast to Port Douglas. We dropped the boys off at their flash apartment and then set off to find our flash camping site! We went out for a meal and a few beers that evening before heading back for the night....

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Oct 14, 2005 - Mission Beach

Mission beach is a strip of lush dense rainforest and a very clean beach that you can sky dive onto if you feel the need - we didn't. Set up camp in the mid-day heat at the Treehouse YHA set in the rainforest - note to selves - never set up camp in a 34oC heat ever again it makes you grouchy and sweaty! Lounged by the pool and in the hammocks after that. Got talking to a nature geek who taught Paul how to suck the lemon-flavoured juice out of an ant, Helen passed on the offer. Met our first person from Hull! Sleeping in the tent was a...

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Jul 24, 2005 - Mission Beach

Howdy! We checked out Mission Beach on the way up to Cairns on the recommendation of Gareth's sister. It's great here! We love it! The beach is amazing and we love the town. Helen found some metallic pink Havianas, which she is totally thrilled with! There are some random birds that look like Emus that kick about called cassawaries. They are very wierd. Note to self. Avoid these things at all costs. Anyway... up to Cairns huh? Lots of love from Helen and Gareth x x x

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Jul 14, 2005 - Mission beach og Paronella park

Etter en fantastisk dag tilbringer vi kvelden i bilen - Planen er å kjøre til Mission beach, men vi er trøtte begge to og finner et motell langs veien. Dagen etter tilbringer vi noen timer på stranden og deretter blir det en flott kjøretur til Paronella Park. Vi kjører på smale svingete veier mellom sukker, banan og mango plantasjer - nesten som å være i et eventyr!! Paronella Park ble bygd opp av en spanjol på 1930- tallet. Han bygde et slott i spansk stil, plantet trær og blomster og laget fantastiske hager og ikke minst en...

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Feb 23, 2005 - The Atherton Tablelands and Mission Beach

We left Cairns on Thursday morning and drove to the Atherton Tablelands. First we stopped at a lookout, these things are all starting to look the same now! We then drove to the Cathedral Fig Tree which is a huge strangler fig tree which you can almost walk right inside of. It's over 500 years old, very impressive. We then went on through a couple of nondescript small country towns to the Curtain Fig Tree which was also very impressive, it has grown in a curtain shape because the original tree fell over so it grew around one leaning and one...

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Jul 29, 2004 - cruising down the coast

we began the OZ Experience today and quite enjoyed ourselves. the bus took us first to lake barren where we got to see the twin pines as well as have the best scones EVER! from there we saw the curtain fid, which is a cool tree that eats away at the host tree. i can't explain now, but it's super cool. we went to a little town called mandala with the largest all-wood structure in the south pacific and then on to milla milla falls which was super beautiful. we had aussie bbq again for lunch than got to explore the crocodile farm. we feed some...

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