|Monday 1st March – Day 51
Tender boat again this morning, which took us to Yorkeys knob, and yes it was named after a Yorkshire man, the knob part is the area of land. This is a very busy area, which is all relatively new. They are trying to encourage more cruise ships to call.
We were then taken by coach to the Sky rail Cableway station. 33 towers take you up and over 7.5km of the rainforest canopy, giving you sweeping views over Cairns, and the Coral Sea (incl. Arcadia.) It was breathtaking, the sights, sounds and smells were brilliant, we were able to get off and walk on a boardwalk through the tropical forest area to take photographs, and especially the Barron Falls which were so powerful, evidently they have had very high rainfall after five years of drought, so all the palms, ferns and cycads, looked spectacular.
We then reached Kuranda village, which has many attractions, shops and cafes. We visited the Butterfly Sanctuary, with 100’s of them flying around, landing on you and the surrounding plants, they were so difficult to photograph, but the vivid colours, especially the blue Ulysses ones, think between us we managed one or two shots, however, when we got outside, Liz noticed that she had one of the big Ulysses sitting on her bag, Bill carefully popped it back into it’s safe environment. We enjoyed seeing them up close, but the heat was something else 32deg and 85% humidity! (We do apologise, we know it is very cold at home, but we would like a teeny, weenie bit of sympathy.)
We then went for some tucker before doing some shopping, and then it was back to the ship and a nice cool down in the cabin, going out on to the deck, we watched the various tenders come back. On one of them, a guy leaned out, took off his hat and waived to a friend, as he did so his watch flew off into the sea! You see it all here. We enjoyed sitting in the fading sun with cups of tea, just taking in the vastness of the rainforest.
After dinner we walked out on deck, although it was quite windy, and we then saw the lightening in the distance and when we went to bed we watched it, it was very dramatic, lighting up a very black sky. There was no thunder, just a spectacular light show, this carried on as we slept, because I left my cameras out on deck and woke up 3am and remembered about them and went to retrieve them only to see the lightening still flashing in the sky.
Well poms this is our last day in Australia, we have seen a few drongo’s, Bill has looked for a new pair of strides, and as for my Sheila well she was looking for some new thongs, so I went for a tinny. So goodnight cobber’s from two little bush babies!
Talk to you Tuesday.
Bill & Liz