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    Port Douglas by aussirose

    by aussirose Written Oct 10, 2014

    Port Douglas is located 1 hour north of Cairns. What used to be a sleepy fishing village is now a huge tourist mecca. Port Douglas is great for shopping and dining. It also has a lovely long white sand beach. It is a nice place for base yourself if you like this touristy stuff however given the choice I would choose Cairns or even Palm Cove above Port Douglas as I prefer less touristy spots. There are also a number of day trips to do from Port Douglas. Just ask your hotel to help book for you. Diving and outter reef trips can also be taken from Port Douglas.

    Anyway, we did enjoy a wonderful meal at the Salsa Café in Port Douglas. I would highly recommend this place. Check out the photos :o)

    Salsa Bar & Grill Port Douglas QLD by aussirose Al2401 enjoys yummy cocktail at Salsa Bar & Grill Awesome food Salsa Bar & Grill Port Douglas QLD Port Douglas Far North Queensland by aussirose Perth 3,450km from Port Douglas QLD by aussirose
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    Cape Tribulation North Queensland

    by aussirose Written Sep 16, 2014

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    On my 2nd trip to Cairns I made it to Cape Tribulation. Before that I had only got as far as the Daintree Village. Cape Trib is not really that far from the Daintree so if you are going that way, it is well worth it to go the extra distance and see Cape Trib. It has absolutely stunning beaches! Also lush rainforests and lovely melodious sounds of the rainforest birds and wildlife.

    We visited as part of our road trip leading up to the Big Downunder Cairns Meet 2014 and stayed in these cute bungalows owned by a great fella called Ed. You'll need to check out my Cape Tribulation page for more details.

    In the meantime, here is a taste of what you can expect to see at Cape Tribulation,

    Stunning Cape Tribulation Beach by aussirose Cape Tribulation North QLD by aussirose Cape Tribulation North QLD Rainforest by aussirose Rainforest flower Cape Tribulation by aussirose Cape Tribulation Rainforest Boardwalk, aussirose
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    Savannah Way

    by aussirose Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    We visited Undara on a road trip from Cairns to Darwin across what is called the Savannah Way. If you are planning to do the same trip, then why not follow my story. Our first overnight stop was the famous Undara Lava Tubes and sleeping in a railway carriage.

    You can catch the train from Cairns to Undara or do a day or 2 day trip from Cairns. The link below is for the 2 day trip. I would recommend that has you will get a taste of the Australian outback, discovering ancient volcanic lava tubes, beautiful birdlife and other animals and experience eating Kangaroo, Croc and Emu along with singing beside the campfire and sleeping in a railway carriage. Loads of fun! :o)

    We enjoyed our time at Undara. www.undara.com.au will give you all the info you need.

    Undara Lava Tubes

    Undara Lava Tubes North QLD by aussirose Undara Lava Tube by aussirose Train Carriage Accommodation Undara by aussirose Undara Accommodation Pool by aussirose Lava Tubes Undara North QLD by aussirose
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    Millaa Millaa Falls, Cairns Tablelands

    by aussirose Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    Millaa Millaa Falls is a few hours south west of Cairns in the Tablelands. There are a number of tour operators that will take you to Millaa Millaa Falls - see the site below (Tablelands and Waterfalls tour).

    This waterfall is one of the most photographed in the whole of Australia and I can see why!
    You can swim out to the falls and climb up behind them, as we saw a number of people doing. But I was just happy to watch the spectacular view!

    I'm happy to say I have been to the falls twice.... first time on the wonderful day adventure that tropicrd took me on (see travelogue below) and secondly I just had to recommend it to Zig & hubby as a quick photo stop off on our big trip across the top end from Cairns to Darwin.

    Millaa Millaa Falls by aussirose Zig at Millaa Millaa Falls by aussirose tropicrd and aussirose at Millaa Millaa Falls
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    Lake Eacham in the Tablelands from Cairns

    by aussirose Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    Not far from Lake Barrine is Lake Eacham, another volcanic crater. This one is a great place if you have a picnic or bbq lunch. They have bbq's there and nice grass. Looks like a lovely place for a swim too :o)

    Very pretty.

    Again the site below has an option to visit here on the Tablelands and Waterfalls Adventure.

    Lake Eacham, Cairns Tablelands by aussirose Lake Eacham, Cairns Tablelands by aussirose Lake Eacham huge trees by aussirose Lake Eacham, Cairns Tablelands by aussirose Lake Eacham, Cairns Tablelands by aussirose
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    Daintree

    by aussirose Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    My Off the Beaten Path tips are all from the road trips that I have been on. However there are plenty of options on www.cairnsinfo.com/cairns-tours/.

    Firstly, one cannot bypass Cairns without doing a day trip to the Daintree and a river cruise. Check out my travelogue below for the low down :o)

    Daintree River Cruise by aussirose Daintree Water Hole by aussirose Daintree River Cruise by aussirose Daintree River Cruise by aussirose Daintree street view by aussirose
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    Curtin & Cathedral Fig Trees Cairns

    by aussirose Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    If you travel out to Lake Barrine on the way to Millaa Millaa Falls, then you must either visit the Cathedral Fig or the Curtin Fig tree.... or both as I did with tropicrd :o)

    I loved the Cathedral Fig the best because you can get right into the middle and sing to your heart's content haha :o) I even did a jumping vid for jumpingnorman :o)

    Anyway, these big figs are impressive! The write up is excellant and well sign posted.

    Check out the site below for the Tablelands and Waterfalls day trip.

    Curtin Fig Tree Cairns by aussirose Curtin Fig Tree Cairns by aussirose Curtin Fig Tree Cairns by aussirose Curtin Fig Tree Cairns by aussirose Cathredal Fig Tree Cairns by aussirose
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    Lake Barrine

    by aussirose Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    If you choose to do a day trip out to Millaa Millaa Falls, make sure your tour operator takes in Lake Barrine. I really liked this place! Lake Barrine is a volanic crator that is filled with water.

    The teahouse overlooking the lake is a fabulous place to sit down and have a devinshire tea or coffee. tropicrd & I opted to have some toast with home made jam.....yummy!! :o)

    If you are into birds....then this place is swarming with them. I spent quite a bit of time trying to capture a good shot of the nectar feeders when I visited again with hubby & Zig on our big overlander journey :o)

    Lake Barrine by aussirose Lake Barrine Tea House by aussirose Lake Barrine Tea House by aussirose Bird Watching Lake Barrine by aussirose
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    Drive on a dusty country road

    by tropicrd Written Oct 20, 2012

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    I strongly suggest when in Cairns to hire a car and get off the main highways and roads and explore the beautiful countryside on offer.

    A lot of the roads are graded or deemed suitable for conventional cars.

    You might come across unexpected views or wildlife etc.

    Your car can get pretty dusty especially if you are driving on the red dirt roads.

    Be sure to pull over to the side of the road and wait until the dust settles if a car is in front of you,the visibility is very low with that thick dust flying everywhere.

    Enjoy your drive and remember to take water, food and a map of the area. Watch out for cattle grids.

    Red dirt road on Cairns Highlands. Wait for the dust to settle. Views toward the Tableland ranges. I did not know this was a dead end road. Scrub country.
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    Check out Cairns Pioneer Cemetery

    by tropicrd Updated Sep 5, 2012

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    The Cairns Pioneer Cemetery is interesting yet sad at the same time,it looks run down and a lot of the graves and tombstones are hard to read and in ruins.
    The early settlers who came to what was a tropical wilderness full of unknown dangers must have been very draining--mind,body and soul.A lot of these early pioneers died at a young age from maleria,accidents and childbirth.
    Most of the white settlers had tombstones and fenced in gravesites but,the Chinese (mostly market gardeners),indigenous people and labourers only had a small stone to mark their resting places.
    It rests under gum trees and pine trees and is peaceful.
    A rotunda has been erected in the grounds with all the names of pioneers who were buried here inscribed on plaques with some history regarding the Cairns area.
    It is open from 6am to 10pm-it is not fenced but the police patrol the cemetery after dark because it has been trashed in the past with graffiti painted on the graves.The Cairns Council erected a fence 2012 to stop the vandalism in this cemetery after many complaints by concerned citizens.

    Entrance to the cemetery At peace among the gum trees. Where to find information. The rotunda with all the names on plaques Stones for Chinese,Indigenous & pioneer labourers.
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    Cairns councillors welcome tourists.

    by tropicrd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    If you want to know how the Cairns City Council feels about visitors to our town then why not go to the Council Chambers and meet some of them.They will make you very welcome and will inform you about Cairns and surrounding areas through their experience.
    A little bit different than the 'norm' but it is really nice know that the councillors are prepared to greet you if they have the time to spare.You may need to ring and make an appointment.
    I have some photoes of the Cairns Council Chambers on my Off the Beaten Path pages so feel free to look at them.

    Vote 1 Virtual Tourist. VT flag at the local council campaign launch. Cairns Councillor supporting VT and tourism
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    Take time to reflect

    by tropicrd Written Oct 15, 2011

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    If you come to Cairns QLD then give yourself time away from your hectic sight seeing and head to Centenary Lakes along Greenslopes Street,Edge Hill/North Cairns.

    Sit yourself down on one of the seats situated beside one of the lakes--freshwater or saltwater and watch the reflections in the water.It won't be long before you are mesmerised with such a tranquil scene.
    A water bird or a duck may swim past and ripple the water but it adds to the relaxing scene.
    It costs nothing to do this and you will be surprised at how good you will feel.

    Take time to reflect Reflective swamp So peaceful Tropical Reflections in the lake directions.
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    Look out for the unexpected

    by tropicrd Written Oct 15, 2011

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    Wandering around the west side of the Cairns Freshwater Lake,you are likely to find yourself in an area that not many people visit.Unfortunately,the unmade tracks make it unsuitable for wheelchairs and prams.The gravel and dirt pathways skirt around the lily ponds and through the swamplands making it an ideal place to watch birds, look at plants,trees,lilly's and insect life.
    This is where the Cairns Birdwatchers come and set up their tripods early in the morning hoping to catch one of the many native birds that habitat this area.
    The lillies look beautiful when they are in bloom and make sure you take notice of the crocodile warning sign,a croc was spotted in this area only two weeks ago oct 2011.

    I have taken some pictures of plants/flowers and put them in a travelogue so hope you enjoy them.
    I love coming here it is very peaceful.
    Keep your eyes open,I spotted a pair of finches building their nest this morning.

    Don't forget to take water,insect repellant and your camera.

    West side of the lake Lillies uneven pathway Pond,swamps and Mnt Whitfield. Australian gums,me and the lake
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    Fruits and trees of the rainforest.

    by tropicrd Written Oct 9, 2011

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    I have written up about the 3 different walking tracks in the Stoney Creek Gorge. it is around this area that I find worthy of sharing,especially the fruits and trees of the rainforest.
    The Stoney Creek is aptly named for it is very dry during the (dry season) and some of the stones and small boulders are smooth and white.These are protected rocks...as the creek passes through Kamerunga Conservation Park near the Barron River Bridge.

    Fig tree fruit Raintrees Flame tree. Palm trees Wild mangoe trees
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    Stoney Creek 3 walking tracks

    by tropicrd Updated Oct 9, 2011

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    Stoney Creek Gorge,is north of Cairns in the Barron Gorge National Park and can be accessed from Kamerunga Road into Stoney Creek Road near the Barron River Kamerunga bridge.If you are driving there is a small carpark at the end of the road.
    Or you can park your car or get off the Sunbus at Lake Placid and walk to the tracks which
    is approx a 3 klm walk from Lake Placid via the Kamerunga Conservation Park that takes you across the old Barron River causeway directly linking you with Stoney Creek Road..the causeway is 250 meters upstream from the Kamerunga Bridge is closed to traffic and only served for a pedestrian crossing to get across the river.
    I am writing up only two tracks,but as a local there are many others in the area but are unmarked..so I don't want anyone getting lost.
    Don't forget your water,hat, insect repellant,strong walking/hiking shoes and please heed the signs for crocodiles,stinging plants etc. These two tracks dirt with rocks and tree roots jutting up--so be careful and watch your step.

    Track 1
    Weir Track--30 minutes return.
    The entrance into the Stoney Creek Gorge is via the narrow cement footbridge,turn left after crossing and you will see a well- defined track that runs along side the watercourse.
    Although it is classified as a moderate walk,it is a rough and rocky track.
    You will pass several clear pools in the boulder type creek and some suitable to take a swim.
    The buttressed rainforest trees with twisted roots are beautiful,and huge rock/boulders with ferns are magnificent.Few signs of human interference makes this ancient rainforest magical,children say they love this place.The path ends at the top of a large rock overlooking a waterfall.The Stoney Creek weir is a low natural rock wall damming the creek,slightly above the falls.

    Track 2 and 3

    Smith's Track--Kamerunga section-1 hour each way.Douglas Track.

    Smith's track leaves from Stoney Creek Road on the western bank of Rocky Creek,next to the scout hut.
    The track was damaged by cyclone Yasi 2011 and has recently been re-opened.
    It starts in rainforest and breaks out into grassy,treed as it climbs to the southern side of the gorge.It then crosses over the Kuranda railway line at tunnel 9 when you are about a third of the way up. Orange markers show you the way and they are nailed to trees.This will take you to Stoney Creek Falls,via Toby's lookout.
    This is not a really interesting scenic lookout but it offers the walker a direct coastal access to
    Toby's and the ridge above the falls.
    The distance from the scout hut to the lookout is approx 2.7 klms and due to the rough track you do need to have strong walking shoes/boots,plenty of drinking water and start early.Do not attempt this in wet weather.

    Enjoy your walk. VT flag on the footbridge Beautiful Stoney Creek Beautiful rainforest Pedestrian Causeway over the Barron River
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