Tropical Getaways – Part 14

Sadly, this is the last part of our tropical getaway. We left our youngest daughter at the airport to catch her flight back to Brisbane. We then headed out to Palm Cove for a look and wander around, but also for a late lunch. We found a café along the esplanade and had a lovely…

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Tropical Getaway – Part 13

Woke up so stiff and sore from our adventures the previous day. We only had half a day with our youngest daughter as her flight left just after lunch, whereas our didn’t leave til that night. We packed up our gear and packed the car. We decided to keep fairly close to Cairns, as much…

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Tropical Getaway – Part 12

We are slowly getting to the tail end of our trip, but by no means the end of the photos! Out next stop was Mount Hypipamee National Park. There is a crater, waterfalls and cascades. We also stopped at Lake Eacham on the way in. Honestly not that exciting apart from the fact that they…

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Tropical Getaway – Part 10

On our return from Cape Tribulation we stopped off at Mossman Gorge, quite incredible, but also VERY touristy. People everywhere! There is a little shuttle bus that runs from the tourist centre down to the falls, which was quite welcome by me as it is a 4km hike! Sadly there were people swimming everywhere. They…

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Tropical Getaway – Part 9

A dream of my eldest daughter has been to visit the Daintree Forest. It’s touted as where the rainforest meets the reef, as it grows right up to the beach which is off the Great Barrier Reef’s northern tip. It’s also the world’s oldest rainforest. Lush and emerald green and tranquil. It is quite a…

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Tropical Getaway – Part 8

One that made our list, that I had never really heard of before is Paronella Park. A gentleman by the name of Jose Paronella had a dream of building a castle, with lush gardens, picnic areas, tennis courts and and so much more. He opened it in 1935. It is these days in quite a…

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Tropical Getaways – Part 6

Along the Cook Hwy between Port Douglas and Cairns is Rex Lookout and also an entire beach of stacked rocks, known as cairns. Hundreds and thousands of rocks. Apparently a croc or two has been spotted basking among these stones, which is a little concerning. We however, saw no other crocs…thankfully. We finished driving down…

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Tropical Getaway – Part 5

Our first full day in Cairns dawn hot and sunny and humid. We headed off for Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. We had such a wonderful day here on our last visit way back when. Perhaps 9 years ago now. Reptiles, Croc attacked, birds of prey, snakes, creepy crawleys and more. We did a cruise and watched…

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Tropical Getaway – Part 4

After our trip to the Butterfly Sanctuary at Kuranda, we stopped to visit Bird World, a paradise of tropical birds, parrots, cockatoos, macaws and more. The birds seemed to be quite taken with my youngest daughter, to the point she needed rescue from a very cheeky macaw…lol Then there was the incident with Hubby’s hat…possibly…

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Tropical getaway – Part 3

Still on Day 1, after lunch we spent some time at the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary. Such a varied selection of Butterflies, more than 1500 are housed there. Such a lovely little sanctuary for them too, so pretty. We watched and photographed and visited the hatchery area. I really wanted to catch the Ulysses Butterfly, but…

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