Smithfield Conservation Park
Smithfield Conservation Park is situated in the north of Cairns, in Smithfield, just two minutes from James Cook University. It covers a large area of rainforest and has several walking tracks that are also suitable for mountain bikes. Still there are not many people here and it is very quiet, so you can really relax and also watch out for birds.
From James Cook University, which you can reach by sunbus (lines 2 or 2A from city), just walk right on McGregor Road and you can't miss it.
This is a homosexual nightclub .. they play great music .. and even if you arent homosexual and love to dance and meet nice new people .. its still a fun place to go!!
Not for the faint hearted! ;o) Smart Casual but Funky!
Another Cheap Pub Meal
Now this is a cheap lunch!! $10 gets you a choice of meal - I had the ribs on one occasion and fish & chips on another - plus a drink included!
P J O'Briens is right on Hide Corner and has inside and outside eating & drinking area.
PS....it's also a good place if you want a quick pee.... Maccas (MacDonalds) is too far away! ;o) ...Shhh, don't tell them I sent you.....
Hot Air Ballooning
We have a pick-up time of 04:25 this morning, but we do begin to think there has been some mix-up when nobody turns up by 04:45. We are just about to crawl back into bed when he finally arrives, apparently another couple didn’t wake up on time and he had to wait for them. Eventually he gave up, decided to call for us and then go back for the other couple. I’m afraid I would have just left them behind if they didn’t show up within half an hour of being called. It’s just as well I don’t run this outfit! The journey to the launch site takes over an hour, and the balloons (there are five of them) are already inflated by the time we arrive. They are just waiting for us, and as soon as we climb on board the basket, they’re off. The basket is the largest I’ve ever seen, and already looks completely full, but we do find some space and clamber in. There are 16 people in the basket including Sven, the pilot, a grumpy Yankee, a nice English couple and a chatty Japanese young lad. From the balloon we spot a kangaroo running across the bush and many birds just waking up and taking off. We fly mainly across farmland, at heights of up to 1400 ft, and there isn’t a great deal to see below. It’s a nice sunny day, and all too soon we come in to land at a local airstrip. The basket drags for some distance before coming to a halt in the long dry grass. We all join in to deflate the balloon and pack it into its bag before continuing to the rest rooms for cleaning up. It’s surprising how dirty you get rolling up a balloon.
The breakfast is astounding, by far the best breakfast we’ve ever had following a balloon flight. With so many people to feed, it’s served in the Tjapukai Visitors’ Centre, and it’s a buffet: egg, crispy bacon, tomatoes, sausages, the best fried potatoes ever, every tropical fruit imaginable, bread, a selection of Japanese dishes, fruit juices and of course champagne. After the presentation of certificates, we head back into town.
Great Barrier Reef part 2
The Quicksilver boat docks at a floating platform anchored near the ege of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. From there you can see where the reef ends and the vast open expanse of the Pacific Ocean begins. Just beyond the reef, where you can see all the breakers crashing against the coral, is the greatest concentration of great white sharks in the entire world. Fortunately for us, the reef keeps most of those nasty fellows out.