Cairns – Queensland

Welcome to Tropical North Queensland – Welcome to Paradise (they say) –  This stunning region has such a variety of attractions, there is something for everyone!. The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest,  easy-going beaches, a vast savannah landscape with spectacular gorges, serene waterfalls and towering trees.

dsc_0339  Cairns from the road to Kurandadsc_0340 Cairns from the road to Kuranda

DSC_0568  The lagoon right in the middle of Cairns, built to provide a safe swimming place away from the stingers in the sea.DSC_0560 Babinda Boulders –  An amazing walk just a few kilometres off the main road south of Cairns, the rock formations were amazing!DSC_0559 DSC_0555 DSC_0553 DSC_0550This is the home of the highly recommended Waterfall Circuit, which begins near Millaa Millaa on the Palmerston Highway. Follow the scenic Theresa Creek Road to the fairy-tale drop of Millaa Millaa Falls, the region’s popular emblem and the most photographed waterfall of all. Drive on to Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls, and visit Mungalli Falls.  

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DSC_0537 DSC_0530 DSC_0528Yungaburra – had  lunch at this picturesque village in the heart of the Atherton tablelands.DSC_0527 DSC_0520Walu Wugirriga Mount Alexandra Lookout –  The lookout is about 10 minutes drive north from the Daintree River ferry. There’s a great view of the coastline, stretching south from the foothills of Mount Alexandra.

DSC_0518  The Daintree River mouthDSC_0509Cape Tribulation

DSC_0505Cape TribulationDSC_0501 Cape TribulationDSC_0439A lookout between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation – you can take a tandem hang gliding trip from here.

DSC_0437  Port Douglas

DSC_0377Coffee Works – We stumbled across this place mid afternoon,  looking for a late lunch but it turned out we were just in time for the last tasting of the day.  Wow – heaps of coffee, tea, flavoured coffees, and many flavours of chocolates to taste. Not what you would call a healthy lunch but very, tasty!! We also looked through the museum which was very interesting.

DSC_0376Coffee beans and some of the memorabilia in the museum below.DSC_0368 DSC_0367 DSC_0358DSC_0350Barron Falls are found in Kuranda. Spectacular all year round, the majestic Barron Falls is at its best during the Green season.  There is a very nice walk to the lookout.

DSC_0348 Barron FallsDSC_0344  Kuranda markets DSC_0343 DSC_0499 (2)Not sure what sort of spider this was!! Wouldn’t want to get too close! This was outside a toilet block at one of the many beautiful walks in this area.DSC_0397 Hartley’s Adventures just north of Cairns see post

DSC_0471An amazing sight!! A crocodile eating a python – Daintree River Cruise Cape Tribulation – see post

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