Trip Start May 08, 2008
Trip End Jan 31, 2012

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Crystal Cascades Caravan Park Redlynch

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, June 20, 2011

CAIRNS - June 20th - 26th, 2011

We had visited Cairns about 22 years ago and really enjoyed spending some time here again.  The weather is just perfect, warm and sunny days and cool nights.  Crystal Cascades Park is just beautiful located at the base of the Barron Gorge.  Just awesome.  A very friendly family run this park and it is very popular, and I can see why.  We were shown to our site by a very laconic Aussie named Alwyn on his pushie - greeted us with "How are we today" and it just got better and better.  He was just such an Aussie character and nothing was a trouble to him.

He was telling us that after all the rain in February, they had barely seen a drop of rain since.  Such a strange country.

Needed to stock up on groceries and realised we were now back in civilisation as we found Uncle Dan at the Smithfield Shopping Centre.  Thank goodness, as alcohol prior to this has been very expensive - and no, we didn't take the oath because of it!

We visited Lake Placid, and the beautiful Crystal Cascades both of which were very close to the park.

Also went into Cairns and enjoyed a delicious brekkie on the Explanade - or should I say the mudflats of Cairns!

But 8 years ago the Council constructed a beautiful lagoon type swimming pool within the park area of the Esplanade and it is just beautiful.  It is only 1.6m deep and has tapering edges either towards grass or sand and therefore is extremeley safe and doesn't need fencing.  A great boost in this area as during the Summer months there are killer stingers in the ocean and so locals and tourists alike make good use of this lagoon to cool down.  A beautiful place to while away some hours and have a walk.

We also took a drive up to Cape Tribulation via the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge.  All just beautiful with very little damage from the cyclone apart from a section of the road which would have made the trip very dangerous prior to repair work.  We really enjoyed visiting this area and were lucky enough on way back down to see a mother and baby cassowary - they crossed right in front of the car and we had to stop to let them pass.  Awesome.

The replica of the Endeavour was in dock in Cairns as well so we thoroughly enjoyed looking over this ship with lots of volunteers available to show us around and give a history of the boat.  How Cook and his men survived this journey to Australia is just amazing and shows the true genius of Cook both as a navigator, captain and explorer.  His mapping skills were extraordinary.

Also had lunch at Trinity Beach which was a great end to our stay, but these beaches up here have certainly been trashed by Cyclone Yasi.  Mission Beach also suffered so much damage particularly to the trees and also the beachfront areas. 

We are going back to Townsville for 2 nights and then heading to Airlie Beach.


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