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Aug 11, 2017 - Cairns - Far North Region - Home of the Casaways

Arrived in Cairns prior to lunch time called around to the Sullivan house for a cuppa and catch up. We originally booked into the Lake Placid CP for a week until we work out where to next but although the Sullivans have had back to back bookings for a month they insist that we move into their property on Monday. And so it will be!!! Stayed for lunch then it was time to book into our park and set up for three days. As our site is on a rise and very hard to get into the park man turned up with his tracker and we were moved to our site very...

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Jul 17, 2017 - On our way to Lizard Island

After breakfast and a quick swim by the kids with their friends, we packed up and headed to the airstrip at Bamurru. Fortunately, the flight from Bamurru to Darwin had a tail wind so it took about 15 minutes less than our flight over. I guess I take it as a positive that we had the same pilot as she was clearly more experienced than when she flew us in now that she had doubled her flight hours (from 2 to 4, hah!). We grabbed our bags from Air Frontier HQ (see earlier pic) and after a little research on who had the best looking swimming...

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Jun 22, 2017 - Driving the Great Barrier Reef road to Cape Tribulation

Today we decided to rent a car and drive the Great Barrier Reef road up to Cape Tribulation, which is the furthest point you can drive to. We rented an automatic which neither of us have ever driven before, surprisingly it wasn't too bad but they have the indicators on the wrong side so every time we meant to signal we would turn the windscreen wipers on! The drive was beautiful, long stretches of coastal road, sugar cane plantations, rainforests and rivers. We stopped at a place called Palm Cove which was stunning with a lovely esplanade...

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Jun 21, 2017 - Diving on The Great Barrier Reef

Our day started very early and very wet as we headed towards the 6.2 million dollar boat called Evolution. The boat was amazing! It had three levels the lower two inside and the top deck outside, with bean bags to relax on. We arrived at our first stop which was Saxon reef after a very bumpy 80 minute journey. Luckily we had taken some sea sick tablets as we were warned in advance! The reef was beautiful and protected the boat from the strong waves which meant the seas were fairly calm by this point. We were in the first group to dive. The...

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Jun 19, 2017 - The start of our Aussie adventure!

We arrived in Cairns at 7.00am after a long nights travel. Our hostel was very cute and even had a swimming pool. We decided to have a walk around the town which was very beautiful. We both expected Cairns to be built up but it definitely has a little town feeling. It was so nice seeing brands we recognised that we thought it was only right to get a McDonalds breakfast and Subway for lunch. We found a supermarket that was better than any back at home, we are excited about being able to cook our own food for a few days, at these prices we...

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Mar 11, 2017 - March 11,2017 – Cairns, Australia

March 11,2017 – Cairns, Australia Well, I can’t tell you much about Cairns because the Oceania Cruises Currents which I rely on for information talks only about Kangaroos. So, I’ll tell you about kangaroos instead. The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae which means large foot. In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus – the red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo and western grey kangaroo. Kangaroos are endemic to Australia, and...

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Feb 14, 2017 - Valentine's Day was not a Sweetheart

Yesterday we anchored outside of the port at Yorky Knob. (Carins) which is pronounced cans. It was going to be another 30-40 minute tender ride and the wind was blowing so hard the ferriys could not safely mourn by the ship. In the mean time there were not one but two medical emergency services by Helicopter. Since we are in the deep recesses of the ship on the same floor as the Medical office we watched all of this unfold. Too windy for the helly, water too rough for ramps. I have no idea what happened next because they went to plan C and...

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Feb 12, 2017 - Where are you from?

This is our second day of cruising. Trivia games are becoming a blood sport. We have sat with several groups today playing trivia. We all ask where are you from? Today's group was from Cincinnati, Seattle, Perth, England, China, Zimbabway, Hungray, and several from Australia. The games include men vs women, picture recognition with the absence of body's in the clothes, general, and 70's. Today's grand prizes are zipper pulls with the ship logo. They look like the rubber bands the girls use to tie back their hair. I am hard at work trying to...

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Over to Downunder

Jan 25, 2017 - Trouble in Norwegian's Cruise World

Unfortunately our very large cruise ship has a recent history of drive line mechanical problems and they have resulted in not being able to sail into five of the eleven ports on our itinerary. They are Bangkok (Thailand), Saigon, Vietnam, Komodo Island, Airlie Beach and Brisbane, Australia. We end up missing the Great Barrier Reef. Passengers are nearly up in arms and a Senior Vice President has been flown in for a "town hall" meeting later today. They have offered $1000 credit and 50% off a future cruise but many are seeking a full...

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Nov 8, 2016 - Off to Tropical Resort

Tim got a bus to the car hire place at airport for $2.90 & picked up a nice Kia car with very low seats. Shopping round Cairns - it's lovely here. Drove to North Cairns to an airbnb place. ...Paradise! There was a Duck Billed Platypus photo on their sight which encouragedo us to book this place (expensive - £246 - 3 nights). But Genie, who checked us in, said she'd only seen one once in her life! DOH! Nice turtles and fish in the creek at the bottom of the massive garden though. Sat in garden until dark listening to critters.

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Nov 7, 2016 - Barrier Reef - Great! (Passions of Paradise)

Up early, walked to Quay. Picked up Passions of Paradise tour boat to the outer Reef. The coral was awesome but Tim & I were both disappointed with lack of weird & wonderful fish. Also stopped at Michaelmas Cay - an unpopulated bird island surrounded by Coral. Back around 5pm. TiM joined the RSL Club for $6 which paid for itself immediately. Both lost loads on the pokes. Back to Caravella's Backpackers for Laska noodles (again)!

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Nov 6, 2016 - Cairns

Woke with 15 new bites all up my back / back site. Unsure if bed bugs but Tim doesn't have any. Did a spot of shopping in Cairns. Booked to go to The Geat Barrier Reef next Sunday from Port Douglas Silver Sonic $464 for bothand tomorrow with Passions of Paradise $135 each rather than $159. Went to RSL Club again. Took photos with card in hand for Daggy & Carole Power. (They both loved it)! Both had nice wins on the pokes just before we left there so spent around £40 between us. Back to Caravella's for Laska noodles (again)!

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

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