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Aug 23, 2014 - Mossman Gorge

On the way back from Cairns we called into the Mossman Gorge. We had some really fond memories of it as we took our three kids there to swim on some summer weekends when we lived in Cairns. Our memories were of a small aboriginal community at the entrance to t he gorge and mud tracks that led to the gorge proper. The current day Mosman Gorge is the site of a significant and seemingly successful Indigenous Tourist Enterprise. Before you get to the old settlement there is a massive complex of buildings that house Indigenous training...

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Jan 3, 2014 - Cairns to Mossman

2nd January Thursday We have booked a trip on the Kuranda Train and Skyrail today. This is a combined historic train (even though the trains are diesel x 2 at 1000hp each) the carriages are up to 100 years old and Skyrail down. The trip up takes about 1.5 hours and is very interesting as you travel through 55 tunnels and over 50 odd bridges past waterfalls and there are spectacular views back to Cairns and the surrounding areas. There is informative commentary all the way up, makes it very interesting. Our seats were numbered as there was...

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Jun 27, 2011 - Aus - Day 55 - Mossman Gorge

Made our way towards Mossman Gorge. The main highway delivers sights of recent brush burning which exposes many termite mounds all over the place. Pretty cool to see so we stopped to take a photo of a spot where you could really get a good look at the mounds. The road to Mossman is absolutely stunning with its winding roads and tropical rainforest trees. Small communities along the way are very well maintained and the roads leading to the rainforest are lined with sugar cane and banana plantations. Mossman Gorge is located passed a small...

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Dec 4, 2010 - Wonga Beach

Wonga Beach – 24 November to 2 December (8 nights) The 93km drive from Cairns to Wonga Beach was very scenic with some stretches of road being right next to the sea and others winding through mountain ranges. It was a bit twisty turney in places, but nowhere near as bad as I had feared. Although only 93kms it took us the best part of 2 hours to make the journey (including a couple of stops for pics). Wonga is situated 1793km NW of Brisbane and has a population of about 700. Named after the Torres Strait pigeon, Wonga, Wonga Beach is a quiet...

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Living the Dream

Oct 12, 2010 - Mossman

12th October Mossman We all awoke at 8.30?!?! So got up and went to a crocodile park on the way North. It had loads of shows and feedings and we ended up staying until 4.30! The kids were getting bored quicker than Matt. We fed kangaroos, walabies, stroked a crock and a kuala and fed a casawara. Also went on a crock cruise then to a farm where they were made into handbags. Another highlight was a stalk-like bird nipping at the tail of a tiny crock who did more than nip back. We drive to port Douglass where we found a free campsite so drove...

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Jul 24, 2010 - Still at Wonga Beach

July 22nd, Wonga Beach Picked up our dinner from the Barramundi farm, $12 per kilo. Guy brought home a 2kg fish and prepared it for dinner. Swam in the pool. Grace and Hayden had a good practice with their flippers and snorkels. Dinner was delicious, as fresh as you can get! July 23rd, Wonga Beach Visited Mossman Gorge. River with huge boulders. Didn't expect such beautiful rainforest to surround it. Everyone managed another 3km walk. New suspension bridge open. Down the beach for late afternoon July 24th, Wonga Beach Cruise in the lower...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Ideal beach!

Monday, July 19th Headed further north and picked a destination along the way. We stopped at a lookout as we crossed the mountain range to head to the coast and were greeted by the beautiful blue Ulysses butterfly. Hayden and I have been hoping to see one outside the Melbourne zoo. Our destination was 10km past Mossman at a place called Wonga Beach. 20 acres of beautiful grassed land and tropical gardens. 2 pools. Deserted beach lined with coconut palms. Shorts and singlet weather. Even a barramundi farm at the end of the street. Spent the...

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Nov 22, 2006 - Early Morning Balloon Trip

Well we had to get up at 3am for our balloon transfer. But it did mean we saw the two little geckos by the water fountain - one behind it and one on a glass on top. We were picked up by Dave who's driving reminded us of a Peruvian taxi we were once in. It was dark, raining, and a very windy road. I think we left finger marks in the seats. When we got to the balloon site on the other side of the mountains there were quite a few balloons there as two companies run the flights. I have to apologise now - there are going to be a lot of balloon...

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Nov 10, 2006 - Port Douglas

When we got off the plane we made our way up to Port Douglas. This small town is gorgeous, it really is one of the nicest resort towns we've been to yet. We quickly sorted out a room in a motel for the three of us and then had a look around the town. We had a lovely Mexican dinner in the village and retired early. The next morning we made our way down to the quay to get on our boat, 'The Shaolin', to have our first look at the Great Barrier Reef. This boat was recommended to us by Carols Dad Jack, thanks for the tip. It was a beautiful old...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Oct 25, 2006 - Townsville to Port Douglas

Well we're now in Port Douglas after a couple of days in Townsville. I must say I was surprised at how big Townsville was, over a hundred thousand people and very progressive in terms of growth. Apparently only third behind Busselton and Bunbury in growth in Australia. It was really good to catch up with my nephew Nathan before he headed off once again to resume duty in the Middle East. I am very proud of him, and the solid (and I might add very strong looking) man he has become. We spent a good night together and away he went at the crack...

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Sep 14, 2006 - Cairns to Mossman

Cairns - Mossman (101km) Much revived, we woke early so that we could get away at a reasonable time. Today's plan was to head north along the Cook Highway to the foothills of the Daintree Forest. The drive along the coastal road was once again quite spectacular as we viewed the lush green hills on the left and the sweeping pristine white sandy beaches on the right. Particular mention should be made of Ellis Beach which was just divine. The only drawback to this paradise was the slightly murky water (Far North Queensland has had an...

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Van rolling to Oz

Jul 18, 2006 - The Atherton Tablelands

There is a long chain of mountains that runs north-south along the eastern part of Australia, called the Great Dividing Range. In between two branches of this range is a plateau called the Tablelands. Thankfully, the region is warmer and sunnier (and drier!), but nighttime is crisp and very chilly. To get to the Tablelands from the Queensland coast, you need to travel only 75 km but gain almost 3000 feet in altitude. You leave the rainforest and exit onto a farming plateau with wide open skies and low hills scattered about. It's amazing to...

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