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Another guest blogger…

Friday, May 19th, 2017

After my nephew Joseph had made the most of his adventures in Cairns, we welcomed another long lost family member, his sister - one of my favourites nieces - Yesica (who has been living in France and England) … with her new husband Dave.

They were kind enough to journal their experiences…

“Our day out on the Great Barrier Reef was a definite highlight! It was Dave’s first time scuba diving and it didn’t disappoint, especially when we bumped into this beautiful sea turtle!


Bruce Belcher’s Daintree river cruise was also a great experience! These two females had just been fighting and we were hoping to witness round two but instead they just stared each other down! And as a bonus we got a free lunch included on our return!

The drive from the Daintree rainforest back down to Cairns was beautiful! We enjoyed stopping at several small beaches and simply taking in the scenery!

On Thursday we went up to Kuranda via the scenic railway, spent the day there eating yummy falafels and looking around tourist shops, which was nice. But our ride back down on the Skyrail was even more AWESOME! Looking down at the rainforest from above was a really unique and memorable experience.

On Saturday we took our young cousin Nico out for a frozen yoghurt and walk along the Cairns Esplanade. We had fun getting our feet all muddy, racing leaves down little “rivers” and working out on the gym equipment! We love you Nico!

On our last day out, we visited the Atherton Tablelands and enjoyed seeing a platypus, visiting waterfalls and warming up with a hot chocolate at the cheese and chocolate factory. On our way back we thought we’d stop and see the Cathedral Fig Tree. We weren’t expecting to be so taken back by how impressive it was!!

A guest blogger…

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Today’s blog is written by my 15 year old nephew Joseph, following his adventure-packed visit to Tropical North Queensland:

One of the first things we did was drive up to the Atherton Tablelands for the day. It was a fun and diverse day, with lots of stops including, a cheese and chocolate factory, a museum called the Crystal Caves with the largest geode in the world!  We also stopped at this amazing fig tree and multiple Atherton Tablelands waterfalls.”


“This was one of the funnest outings I’ve ever done, we started out early in the morning at the port, and on the way to the Great Barrier Reef, I played around with my cousin. While waiting for my turn to dive, I went out snorkeling. Although this was an amazing experience and I took many photos  the funnest part was yet to come!”

“I went scuba diving twice, and it was the most amazing underwater experience I’ve ever had.  Not only were the colors vibrant but the wildlife was all around me… I even saw a shark lurking in the distance! Just as we were leaving the reef, rain started pouring down. I was very lucky that it waited till we’d finished our dives.”

“As you may already see by the photo, I also went skydiving in Cairns! Literally, it was breathtaking and many consider this the most incredible feeling. For nearly a whole minute, I was simply freefalling before my instructor opened the parachute and we slowly glided down, taking in the scenery on the way. I would recommend this activity to anyone who is slightly adventurous…”

“All in all, I classify this holiday as one of the best! Cairns is a place with lots of unique experiences to be had. Thanks Uncle Stephen!”

A surprise on the Atherton Tablelands!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

It’s no secret that the Atherton Tablelands are one of my favourite places in Tropical North Queensland, therefore the world :)

A few weeks ago, Nico and I found some excuse to visit this gorgeous region. And he didn’t know what a surprise I had in store for him! When wandering around picturesque Yungaburra, we heard the rumble of a large powerful motorbike and went to investigate. A great bright yellow trike was pulling into the kerb in front of the historic Yungaburra Pub… when I greeted the rider and he replied with “You must be Steve” Nico realized that something was in the planning…

A one hour joyride around the scenic backroads around the Crater Lakes with John from Tablelands Trike Tours

After all that excitement, we needed to cool off… and what better spot than under one of the Tablelands’ many waterfalls…this one at Malanda.