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  • Day72

    Cairns Downtown & botanischer Garten

    April 21, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Nach einem zirka halbstündigen Marsch ab unserem Apartment erreichten wir den botanischen Garten. Dieser bot viel Schattenplatz - an die Temperaturen hier im Norden müssen wir uns erst gewöhnen. Nach einem kühlen Drink nahmen wir den Bus nach Downtown.

    Dort informierten wir uns zuerst einmal über Ausflüge zum Great Barrier Reef und spazierten dann in Richtung Küste. Da gibt's eine 4800m2 grosse (künstliche) Meerwasserlagune, in der man baden kann. Cairns hat keinen Strand und man sollte wegen den Quallen im Meer nicht baden, daher ist das eine tolle Alternative. Leider hatten wir keine Badesachen dabei, aber der Pool war eh ein bisschen (zu) voll.

    Auf der Suche nach einem Restaurant fürs Abendessen, kamen wir an ein paar Bäumen vorbei, die über und über voll mit Flughunden waren. Ein echt grusliges Spektakel, als plötzlich alle hintereinander in die gleiche Richtung davon flogen... das waren tausende!!😖

    Fürs Abendessen entschieden wir uns schliesslich für das Restaurant Frydays. Seit langem gab es wieder einmal Fish&Chips 😁 Und um die Ecke fanden wir danach noch einen tollen Laden mit erfrischender Joghurt-Glacé und frischen Fruchtstück-Toppings. Ein leckerer Tagesabschluss! 😋
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  • Day83

    Date mit den Haien

    November 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Morgens ging es heute nochmals los zu einem Angel Charter. Diesmal stand allerdings nicht das Great Barrier Reef auf dem Programm sonder es ging zu den umliegenden Gewässern von Cairns. Am Hafen angekommen wartete schon unser Guide Jim und es ging mit 3 anderen Anglern zwei aus Brisbane und einer aus Sydney hinaus aufs Wasser. Es gab eine kurze Sicherheitseinweisung und dann konnten wir auch schon anfangen mit fischen. Es wurde auf Salmon, GT, Bream, Makrele und Barramundi geangelt oder eben auf das was beißt. Wir hatten einige Bisse allerdings wurde uns dabei immer der Köderfisch abgefressen. Nach ein paar versuchen gab es dann doch den ersten Fisch und wer hätte es gedacht es war ein kleiner Hai. Wir fingen einige weitere Fische was allerdings leider alles Haie waren die wir wieder zurück ins Meer setzten. Jim unser Guide erzählte uns einiges über die Angelmethoden, die Salzwasser Krokodile (Salties), die Fischarten die hier vorkamen und auch über das Great Barrier Reef was sehr interessant war. Nach einem halben Tag angeln hatten wir 10 Haie gefangen, leider keinen zum Abendessen aber es war trotzdem sehr interessant und die Haie gehen an der Angel auch gut ab. Anschließend ging es an die Cairns Esplanade und wir badeten eine Runde in der Lagune bevor es abends lecker italienisch essen ging in Cairns.Read more

  • Day83

    Cairns Botanic Gardens

    July 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Da wir morgen schon unseren Hippie-Campervan abgeben müssen, haben wir den Vormittag damit verbracht unsere Rucksäcke zu packen und für morgen alles vorzubereiten.

    Am Nachmittag sind wir dann durch den botanischen Garten spaziert und haben dem Mount Whitfield Conservation Park einen Besuch abgestattet.Read more

  • Day27

    Great Barrier Reef

    July 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute morgen sind wir mit dem Schiff ins Great Barrier Reef gefahren, um dort zu Schnorcheln. Nach ca. zwei Stunden Schifffahrt kamen wir an unserer ersten Schnorchelstelle an. Die Wellen waren während der Fahrt ziemlich stark, sodass einige seekrank wurden. Leider war das Wetter heute sehr bewölkt und nicht besonders warm, doch das Meer hatte eine angenehme Temperatur, sodass man ohne Neoprenanzug schnorcheln konnte. Neben vielen bunten Korallen und Fischen haben wir auch eine Meeresschildkröte gesehen und sogar Nemo gefunden.Read more

  • Day40

    Alfred

    September 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute war es endlich soweit, wir hatten uns ja bereits gestern Abend für eins der Modelle entschieden und konnten es dann heute morgen abholen!! Ein Mitsubischi Express von 1998 mit 317.000km, zerkratzt, zerbeult, teilweise rostig aber wir lieben ihn!!!
    "Alfred", so heisst das gute Stück, ist voll ausgestattet, mit allem was das Backpackerherz begehrt!! Wir haben ein Bett, viel Stauraum, richtiges Geschirr, Campingkocher, Gas, Stühle usw.
    Wir haben den heutigen Tag damit verbracht uns einzurichten und den ganzen Papierkram zu erledigen, ein paar kleine Besorgungen für Alfred standen auch noch an.
    Ab morgen haben wir dann endlich Zeit uns die Gegend anzuschauen!!
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  • Day22

    Cairns, Great Barrier Reef

    November 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Wir gehen zu Fuss ans Meer runter und machen mit "Reef Magic Tours" einen Tagesausflug zum UNESCO Weltnaturerbe Great Barrier Reef. Die Fahrt dauerte knapp 1 1/2 Stunden.

    Während der Überfahrt laufen an Bord Filme über das Reef, verschiedene Aktivitäten und ein Meeresbiologe ergänzt die Tour mit informativen Kommentaren.

    Einmal beim Reef angekommen kann man, je nach Wunsch schnorcheln, tauchen, mit einem Glasbodeboot fahren oder mit einer Art U-Boot eine Runde drehen.

    Es gibt Buffetlunch an Bord sowie auch Wasser, Tee oder Kaffee und Kuchen sind mit inbegriffen.

    Luigi und ich haben optional einen (teuren) Helikopterflug gebucht. Der war aber sein Geld wert, denn nur so bekam man eine Ahnung, wie das Reef wirklich aussieht. Natürlich nur einen minimalen Teil davon, denn das Ökosystem erstreckt sich ja über eine Länge von ca. 2'300 km und umfasst tausende von Reefen und Hunderte Inseln, die aus verschiedenen Stein- und Weichkorallen bestehen.

    Gegen 17 Uhr waren wir zurück in Cairns, bummelten der Esplanade entlang zurück ins Hotel und hatten wiederum einen freien Abend.
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  • Day85

    Cairns

    June 7, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Oh well finally I've lost the plot. It was bound to happen sometime. Said goodbye to my Airbnb host this morning, packed my bags, was just about to ring for a taxi down to Britz Campervans, checked the time I'm picking it up. 11:30 as I remembered. But TOMORROW!!! It's clear on my planner, just not in my brain ... oops!

    All my bookings, apart from a campervan pitch for tonight, are correct so no big deal other than disappointment at having to wait a day!
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  • Day70

    Cairns, Australia

    March 12 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 79 °F

    It turned to be a fantastic day despite the rain.
    Early in the morning Boris went to the ship medical center and got half of dose of IV antibiotics. His leg got better.
    Then we walked to the nearby hotel to be picked up for Sky Rail trip.

    Exactly at 10:30 AM the bus came and drove us for about 25 minutes to board cable car to go through rainforest and to Kuranda village to board a scinic railways back to Cairns.

    Due to the rain and may be the virus there were very few people. Each cable car could accommodate 6 people. The wheelchair was placed in one car and we were followed on the next one.
    We had two stops along the way to the village, where we got out for a little hike and some photo opportunity.
    First stop was rainforest very diverse rainforest vegetation: trees, fern that grows on the top of the trees and birds.
    The second stop was a beautiful waterfall.
    The last stop was Kuranda village.
    We had 1.5 hours to spend in the village. We really wanted to go to birds sanctuary or butterfly sanctuary. Unfortunately, there was not enough time. We walked around the pretty village, had lunch. Boris had kangaroo burger, which was pretty dry and I had 🐊 sausage, which was delicious.
    We boarded old train at 2:00 PM. It is used for scenic route only. The railway is 37 km (23 mi) in length. It takes about one hour and 55 minutes to climb or decent one way including the stop off at the falls.
    Construction of the railway began in 1886.The railway was completed as far as Kuranda in 1891. Passenger services began operations in 1891.

    Many lives were lost as numerous tunnels and bridges were built. In order to be hired to build this railroad, one had to have their own tools. 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges were built to climb from sea level to 328 metres up. Three million cubic metres of earth had to be excavated during construction.

    The first operation of a tourist train from Cairns to Kuranda was in 1936.  In 1995 major repairs had to be carried out after a severe rock fall damaged the track. On 26 March 2010 the train was derailed by a landslide injuring 5 of the 250 passengers on board.

    The trip was very nice and relaxing, even the rain did not spoil the day. We were back on the ship by 5:00 PM. Around 6:00 PM captain announced we have medical emergency. One passenger had a stroke during dinner and he had to be taking off the ship.
    To see some pictures of the day, Please use the link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WE27Moo69LEnnBee9
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  • Day19

    Heading out

    October 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The trip out takes about 80 minutes. The sea was really nice and flat. I took some sea sick pills ahead of time just in case, and managed to go the entire day without any sickness. It was a nice ride.

    You can also really tell when the water goes from a bit of a brown mixed color to the fantastic blue / green colors.
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  • Day20

    David's Cairns Review - Top and Bottom 6

    October 24, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Here goes my review of Cairns.

    The Top 6

    1. Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef

    Wow!! So nervous going in, but so happy we did it. Wetsuit was a must, and trying not to panic at the start when working on the breathing, and also trying not to panic when seeing the shark, obstacles that I could overcome.

    2. Feeling like we were in the tropics.

    Super warm, super high humidity, but still, just a great feeling of being "somewhere different". A lot more relaxed than the city feel of Sydney.

    3. Lilly, the waddle cat!

    Such a nice sweetheart and helped get our cat fix in. Missing the girls, but we can make it to the end thanks to Lilly

    4. Flying Fruit bats - HUGE! Plus them taking off at dusk in large hordes and sleeping clinging to trees by one foot was super cute. Can't see those in Oregon.

    5. Skyrail - wished the weather was a touch better for the ride, but cruising over the top of the rainforest and looking straight down was super impressive. Such a dense lush environment and again, so different from our location at home.

    6. The aquarium. - Smallish, and not quite as stocked as they are expecting it to eventually be (it had only been open for 4 weeks), but it was a great primer for getting ready for the reef.

    The bottom 6.

    1. The weather in general. The only super nice "sunny" day was our Great Barrier Reef day. Which is great that we were able to pick the right day to go to the snorkeling adventure, but it's a bit of a shame that there was a fair amount of rain on the other days.

    2. Sunburned legs - I knew I should have added more stuff at the lunch time, but honestly I'm not sure it would have helped as we were at just the right water level with our snorkeling that I probably would have been burned anyway. Thank goodness for the suits though or I would have been burned all over.

    3. Swallowing salt water - just right at the end of the swimming. Picked just the wrong time to try and clear the mask of water and took in a bunch. Spent the next couple of minutes hacking up water trying to clear my system. Didn't go back out after that, so that's a bummer of a note to end the swimming on.

    4. Quite crowded snorkeling environment. This one is a bit of a challenge.. You want a larger boat for the best chance not to get sea sick, and we had the newest / best boat in the area. However, you also want something small enough that it takes out a smaller group. I'd guess that we had about 175 on the boat. While one the boat it didn't feel all that crowded, but get all 175 into the water in a focused area and it was tough. Plus, inexperienced swimmers, so everyone is running into each other. "MMMMPPPHEEERYYY" means "sorry" in snorkel. You get to hear / say that a lot to people.

    5. The tuna - It could have been so much better, but I guess it's better that we learned that early before buying a lot of the flavors to take with us.

    6. The time we had to leave. Pretty much just took a nap, since we needed to get up and to the airport super early. Add that with such a rigorous travel day (with super tight connections) and it was a total "non-relaxing" day. Guess that helps with the sleeping that night, but not the way I would usually want to travel.

    Overall though, some amazing experiences and I'd love to have another chance to do some snorkeling.
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