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Surprise Creek

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  • Day10

    Roadtrip Tag 1

    February 27, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Nachdem wir den Camper in Cairns in Empfang genommen haben und eingeräumt haben (das dauert viel länger als gedacht...), fuhren wir nach Kuranda zu einem Aussichtspunkt um die Barron Falls zu sehen. Naja man sah den Wasserfall aber er war sehr weit weg. Der Weg dahin war allerdings sehr interessant und recht steil. Max hat sich bedankt für die erste Strecke ;)
    Danach ging es für uns über das Hinterland und den Städten Mareeba und Atherton nach Yungaburra. Ein total süßes Städtchen welches liebevoll hergerichtet ist. Hier kehrten wir auf den Lakeside Motor Inn & Caravan Park ein (40$). Ein sehr schön gelegener und überschaubarer Campingplatz. Hier hatten wir eine tolle Aussicht auf den See-Lake Tinarro. Neben uns waren nur 3 andere Camper da.
    In den Pool konnten wir leider nicht mehr, da es angefangen hat zu regnen.
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  • Day69

    Rafting

    March 19, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Up early as I had a white water rafting pick up at 6:30. Luckily I checked my email as my tour was cancelled. The plan was a full day tour on Tully River, but the roads to the access point on the river had washed away in the flooding, so it simple was not possible going there.
    Instead I went on a shorter and less intense tour on the Barron River. We were 10 people and 2 guides going, and a guy from the company also came along to have fun in a kayak.
    The rafting was fun, but rather short, the best part was that we got to do a lot of swimming, and what is know as surfing where you on purpose get stuck in a rapid and let it flood your raft.
    At the surfing spot we got to try and swim across the rapid. I managed to swim so close that I got caught in the whirlpool, at first I didn't realise what was going on so I kept swimming futilely in the current. When it dawned on me I just enjoyed it until I first was pulled fully under life vest and all and then spat out again and swam to the raft. Final adventure was our guide flipping the raft on purpose, I ended up under the raft and had to swim out.
    The tour was over really early, so when I got back to NJoy Emily was still in our room. She suggested we could go to the aquarium and I agreed if we could go past the contemporary arts museum, which is right next to the aquarium.
    The museum had two exhibitions, the first one was pictures of Chinese people in Cairns cooking secret recipes. We were a bit puzzled as to how that was considered art.
    On the top floor the exhibition was a lot of large balls with a dim red light inside. A small sign set please interact with artwork, so we did. When kicked, punched, thrown, or in other ways stirred the light inside change to a bright light, so we just had fun with that for a long time.
    We then went to the aquarium, it's brand new only opened 6 months ago, and as aquariums go it was really good. We went to a behind the scenes tour and got to see their unique water purification system, which mimics thunderstorms to help coral growt
    After the aquarium we went to a café to snack a little, on the way we saw some low hanging clouds in the mountains across the bay.
    For dinner we went to a Greek restaurant. There was music, which along with the décor and staff really sent me back to Greece. The food was amazing, and a dinner party suddenly got up and danced traditional Greek chain dance. If our food hadn't just arrived we would probably have joined in. It was a good way to end a great day.
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  • Day133

    Karunda scenic railway

    June 12, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Engineering marvel of the late 9th century. Many tunnels and trestles to weave the track up the face of the mountain and cliffs along the gorge of the Barron River. First is a trestle oeone f the many sharp bends showing a few of vintage rail cars. The second is a waterfall at the edge of the tracks. The a couple views from the train. The 5th is a stone left a a monument to the engineer who designed and managed construction. It is also sacred to the native people. The last looks gown the falls of the Barron River into the gorge. this gives a good idea of the difficulty and danger in building this.Read more

  • Day56

    Kuranda, Markets & Birds

    October 14, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We had a lovely day today exploring Kuranda, the original market and the food market. We were surprised that it wasn’t busier, as we remember being here a few years ago and not being able to find a parking spot. Together with my boy, I went to visit Bird World, a fantastic free flight aviary where you are inside with the birds. We bought a seed and corn mix to hand feed the birds and we were bombarded from the minute we entered.

    We had many of the large macaws, alexandrine parrots and many other parrots land on our arms and heads almost immediately. We enjoyed their cheekiness, as they ate from our open hands and even tried to eat straight out of the paper bags.

    We made our way slowly through the aviary, enjoying watching the different coloured birds, but of course given we’ve had rainbow lorikeets for many years, they were our favourite!

    We walked through the market, enjoying the colorful little booths and laid back, hippy vibe. We ate the best felafel at an Israeli stand, and although he had run out of fresh pita, he made us felafel salad cups in lettuce leaves. It was absolutely delicious dressed with fresh herbs and a tahini dressing.

    Next we checked out Barron Falls - not a lot of water at this time of year and found another viewpoint over the mountains, with Cairns far in the distance. Here we had a lot of fun taking photos of each other doing yoga poses with the serenity of the stunning view in the background, even my mum had a go. And then Gadi fell backwards in the bushes, and we laughed until we nearly wet our pants!

    We headed back to Cairns to chill out for the evening. I cooked some prawn spring rolls and a deboned peri peri chicken on the Weber with grills veggies, which was delicious paired with our sparkling mango wine we purchased the other day in the Atherton Tablelands.

    G’night from the far north!
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