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Day 8 – Cairns

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Categories: Australia, In Transit, Trip 2013

P3080367Today marked the final day of our week in Far North Queensland.  We started the day in Port Douglas at the Ramada Resort where we tidied up the room and packed our luggage for the journey back home.

We narrowed down the foodstuffs remaining to items we could bring back with us, and managed fairly decent economy (very minimal food left over).

Jake woke late, so there was no opportunity to hang around and give him a morning sleep.  Therefore we checked out at around 11am and were on the road back to Cairns.

We retraced many of the beaches and vantage points that we had visited on Sunday, so nothing new to report, aside from the terrible wind which was falling upon the normally placid bays and coves dotting the headland.

Approaching Smithfield, we stopped for fuel and continued south, bearing south east through Redlynch and out into the hills to an area called the ‘Crystal Cascades’.  This really lovely part of Cairns gave us 2.4kms of paved track to stroll at our leisure, taking in the many rapids and swimming locations framed with an amazing looking rainforest setting.

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Honestly, I think the photos to a better job at illustrating how nice this area was.  There were a few people swimming in the various spots and the water looked great.

P3080456 After we returned to the car and gave Jake a nappy change, we took off for the centre of Cairns; predominantly to check out the Cairns museum.

When we got into town, we parked ($1.20/hr.. not bad) and found a place to eat a quick lunch. Well, quick was a poor choice of words. It took over 20 minutes to get two chicken Caesar plates and a bottle of water. We were essentially the only customers too. Very poor service.

This robbed us of about 15-20 minutes we would have preferred to have been using to explore the city centre.
Heading back into Cairns

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We decided to skip the museum due to time constraints, and instead walked along to the Esplanade which is a really awesome area of the foreshore which amounts to a massive free public swimming pool.

We lingered until about 3pm, then returned to the car and headed off for the airport. We stopped once more to make sure the car was fully fuelled, then made our way back to the airport, where we returned the car and checked in. We didn’t have much of a wait, and before long we were buckled in and ready to go.

After take-off, and bidding farewell to Cairns, we were informed that due to traffic congestion at Brisbane airport, the flight would be delayed half an hour from landing. This almost caused us to miss our connecting flight to Canberra. Luckily, and with great assistance from the Virgin Blue staff who were awesome, we made the gate before boarding had even commenced.
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A very quick turnaround saw us taking off yet again, about 25 minutes after we landed.  The return flight was nothing special, made good time and landed with no fuss.

Jake was awake for most of the flight which made it difficult for us to relax.  We were met at the baggage collection area by my Dad who came to pick us up (thanks Dad).

Thus endeth another trip.  I’ll post some follow-up articles with additional photos and reflections on what we achieved in the coming weeks.
The excellent Cairns Esplanade

 

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Day 7 – Port Douglas

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Categories: Australia, Trip 2013

P3070289Today was our last full day in Far North Queensland.  As our budget has run dry, we didn’t do any planned activities.

We would have liked to have visited the wildlife habitat further down the road, but at $32.00 per Adult ($64 total) it’s just out of our price range, even with the 10% discount voucher we have.

Unfortunately we spent that money on the unrewarding Tropical Rainforest Discovery Centre, which I wish I could take back.

Palm Tree lined road into Port Douglas

P3070304We spent the day mostly in the room, sleeping, cleaning or packing.  We ventured out after lunch and spent some time in the resort’s pool before cleaning up and driving up to “downtown” Port Douglas to get some essentials from Coles.

Maximising the time, we briefly visited Four Mile Beach (just below the lookout) to discover just how much the weather system has changed this week.  The wind has really picked up, and made the beach look more like a surf beach than we’ve seen all week.

Macrossan Street, Port Douglas

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Four Mile Beach no longer a placid lake

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I snapped off a few quick photos to stitch into the panoramic (will post later)  As I returned to the car, I spotted a footpath leading around the point, and decided to check it out.

As it turns out, the footpath runs underneath the lookout, so I managed another shot of the beach from a slightly elevated position.  I’d hate to be around if that cyclone decides to make landfall near here.


Four Mile Beach with increased swell

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We headed back to the Ramada for Owner’s drinks poolside at 5pm.  Naturally, we were fashionably late!

As it turned out, we all congregated at the rear of the pool area (not in the restaurant) which was a good location.

Luckily there were a couple of nice folks we could relate to (hi to Paul and Nina) and we spent the majority of the time socialising with them.

Toni and Jake returned to the room when Jake started to get tired, and I joined them a little while later, snapping some night shots of the pool/restaurant/bar area on the way back.

A quick and dirty last meal.. some blog writing.. and we’re going to settle in for the night.  Tomorrow we’re officially “In Transit” again… and returning to Canberra.
Waterfall, pool side

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The resort’s poolside bar / Relaxing view

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