Flying high in Cairns

Trip Start Mar 07, 2011
Trip End Aug 28, 2011

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Cairns Holiday Park

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

We reluctantly left Port Douglas to head further down the east coast.
The drive from to Cairns was beautiful, similar to our Great Ocean Road.
We stopped off for morning tea at Trinity Beach and were tempted to stay but we were loooking forward to seeing Cairns.
We loved Cairns, the caravan park was great and was an easy drive into the city area. The walk along the Marina was amazing, the size of the yachts was unbelievable, the boats of their lifeboats were bigger than Ray's boat.  The streets are lined with great places for coffee, lunch or dinner, and the best gelati icecream too. 
The drive to Kuranda was an experience, roughly 30kms over mountain ranges, we chugged along but the locals went around the bends as though they were at Bathhurst.
Arriving in Kuranda, nestled among tropical rainforest on the banks of the Barron River we visited the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the skyrails rainforest cablecar. The seed was planted and we decided to book for the trip the next day.
The scenery around the Tablelands was fantastic, beautiful waterfalls, deep crater lakes with rolling green hills. Another must do!!! How many times have I said this along the way?
Our trip on the Kuranda Scenic Railway was another story. As some of you may be aware, neither Ray or I are very brave and the 2 hour rail ride emphasised this fact, the train climbs from sea level to 330 metres along rugged mountain ranges and steep ravines where you can't see the bottom. I kept looking down thinking this might acclimatise me for the skyrail trip!!! It was the first time I have seen Ray looking a bit pale around the gills.
After a couple of hours wandering around the markets at Kuranda and a beautiful roast lunch it was time to board the Skyrail cableway for our trip back to Cairns. The skyrail is a 7.5kms rainforest cableway, which glides just metres over the rainforest canopy, the views are fantastic.The photos did not come out so good due to the smoke from the controlled burning off occurring in the area.  All was going well until the cablecar stopped, hovering hundreds of metres above the tree tops, so much for acclimatising!  Finally off we went again, thank God, it was one of those trips you have to do.   By time we got back to Cairns we were exhausted but what a fantastic day.
Loved Cairns too, that's our problem, we love each place we stay, but if we intend to get home in our allocated time we need to more on.
We are looking forward to heading down to Mission Beach.
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Tania on

I wondered if you would be brave enough to do the train & sky rail but as you said it really is a must do when you are up there. Cairns is great isnt it.

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