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Nov 2, 2013 - Birding our way back to Cairns

Birding our way back to Cairns As the dripping skies began to show some daylight, we made one last (and disappointing for Marilyn) attempt to see the Riflebird mating display. At 6:00am most of the group met for some birding around the Chambers grounds. Nothing new this morning, except for birding from a garage door because of the on and off showers. At 7:20am we loaded the bus and reluctantly ended our wildlife rich stay here at Chambers Rain Forest Lodge. As we drove, the rain gradually lessened and finally stopped altogether. We...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Cairns

A slower paced day in Cairns After an early morning flight from Darwin to Cairns via Gove, we arrived at our hotel along the Esplanade at about 11:15 am. We had an oceanfront view from the 7th floor and had a marvelous spacious suite. A long walk along the esplanade clear to the jetty, a little shopping, light lunch, then some birding from the esplanade. The tide was coming in but had some exposed mudflats right next to us so we saw some terrific shorebirds, including Terek Sandpiper, an odd birded with upturned bill frenetically foraging....

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Aug 30, 2013 - 6th Entry

G’Day Mates Well, we have been right up to Cape Tribulation – not quite to the tip of Australia – but close enough, and now we are on our way back to Brisbane. We are a bit behind on our blogs because of intermittent internet so some of this information is old. We have put on over 3000 kms on the car so far. There is a lot of road works going on so travel can sometimes be slow and the highways here are not like the ones in the US. Some of the work is due to repairing damage done by the floods of 2011 but a lot is upgrade and widening of...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Kuranda

15th July, 2013. We had a quiet day today, if you can call doing the laundry and cleaning the van a quiet day. Rob rested his leg for most of the day and then in the afternoon we went for a short walk across the road and down to Lake Placid. They are starting to rebuild the kiosk that was all but demolished in Cyclone Yasi but apart from that the vegetation has almost fully recovered. It is a nice place for a picnic. For dinner tonight we went to the camp kitchen for an Asian Night. Boiled rice, curry chicken and cashews (I didn’t eat the...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Days 13 - 17 UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, Three nights at beautiful Airlie Beach went quickly then we headed off to Townsville. Not too much to do there but catch up for lunch with some friends and of course off to Magnetic Island (8kms off the coast) for THE lunch at The Marlin Bar which we humbly consider to be one of the best located bars in Australia. The lunch was of course Beef and Reef and was far too much food, of course accompanied by some liquid refreshment. Getting there was as follows bus, bus, ferry, bus and coming home the reverse so a lot of fun for the...

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Cairns and back

Jul 14, 2013 - Cairns

11th July Waiting our turn we finally left Paronella Park in very dismal conditions. Heading to Lake Placid about 14kms out of Cairns. Arriving in better conditions[at least its not raining] we are booked in and heading to our site for the next week. We thought our last site was tight, look at this one. Is everyone impressed we are on site with no domestics. Ok I will fess up, we had help from the staff and tractor. Cairns is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and the gateway to Northern Australia, with front door access to World...

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Jul 9, 2013 - All Ready for Our Adventure

We are here in our resort/spa and ready to start our adventure!! When we got off the plane a guy named Matt and a limo driver named Bob were there to pick us up, take care of our luggage, and get us checked into our room while we relaxed! And boy is our room amazing! Hopefully if all works out the pictures of our room will be posted with this entry. Anyways, tonight we have a welcome dinner where we meet the other 18 people on this trip with us which is half the size of a normal group for this tour but no complaints that just means more...

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Our Trip Down Under

Jul 8, 2013 - Will's birthday

(Ben) Yes, we're still in Cairns. It's kinda hard to leave when we've really been enjoying hanging out with Andrew and Simone and the boys. Today was supposed to be the day we ventured out onto the Great Barrier Reef - the one thing that Pip specifically requested we do on our whole trip. When we woke to a very windy (and somewhat wet) morning we had to abandon those plans, and moseyed round Cairns getting a few things done instead. The cousins were back at school today, making it feel a little more like we're doing something more than just...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Cairns esplanade

We knew it would get warmer as we headed north, and of course we packed our togs, but I don't think we were ready for it to be as warm as it was today - caught us a bit by surprise! The kids certainly enjoyed a dip down on the esplanade. (They've already had a couple in Andrew and Simone's pool, though looked a little on the chilly side while doing so!)

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Jul 5, 2013 - Up to Cairns

(Ben) Last night was our third night in Cairns after pulling in on Tuesday night. We've been staying with Andrew (my brother) and Simone, and their boys Nathan, Joel and Micah (not to mention Arry the dog who Daphne was pretty happy to see. This is actually where Daphne is staying for the next 6 months as we continue our trip.) Since the last entry we took a couple more days to get here, spending two more nights camped by the Bruce Highway, firstly at Yaamba, just north of Rockhampton, and then at a really nice rest stop at Guthalungra,...

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Jun 29, 2013 - Jeep Wilderness Eco Safari Rainforest and Wildlife Tour

Our experience with Kevin Simpson and Wilderness Eco Safari was the most memorable of the whole trip so far. Kevin was very knowledgeable about the Rain Forest and so much more. Such an energetic, fun guy. I got to see my first Redwood Tree. Planted in the 1930's, it is so much younger than the California Redwoods. I'm looking forward to seeing the ones in California this fall. We learned that just as a sink will drain clockwise above the equator and counter-clockwise below the equator, that vines grow counter-clockwise below the equator...

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Jun 26, 2013 - Arriving Cairns Australia

We flew to Cairns from Auckland. There was no dateline to cross and we arrived in the afternoon. First item of business, was getting a cell phone working in New Zealand. wifi was a constant battle and very pricey. We weren't prepared for this difficulty. We spent time on the Esplanade eating dinner and at the Hotel planning our stay in Cairns. After the second night in Cairns, Wayne discovered that if we went to the hotel restaurant and ordered a soda or a meal, that we got two free hours of internet. Needless to say, we were there every...

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