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Breakfast with the beasts

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Every morning is a bit beastly in our house, but this was something out of the ordinary. As soon as I finished my early morning underwater camera deliveries, I raced home and picked up Maria and Nico for a breakfast to remember. Just past Kuranda, you will find Shambala Animal Kingdom (formerly known as Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve) where visitors can dine on a buffet breakfast while watching the king of the jungle enjoy his own tasty tucker. Nicholas unfortunately discovered chocolate flavoured breakfast cereal.

The lions weren’t the only attraction; there were tigers, monkeys, hippos, a rhino. But there’s only one king of the jungle isn’t there?

Waterfalls and wallabies

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that we have a real soft spot for the Atherton Tablelands. Well, last Sunday was such a beautiful day that we couldnt; resist the idea of a little road trip. First stop was Granite Gorge, just outside Mareeba, where we can hand feed gorgeous little rock wallabies.

Then as we had promised Nicholas an adventure, we headed south to take a swim under a waterfall. We were bound for the famous ‘waterfall circuit’ around Malanda and Millaa Millaa but in fact before we even reached Malanda we saw Malanda Falls in full flow and decided that would be the prefect spot for Nico’s waterfall swimming adventure.


The water was chilly and refreshing, and Nico thought it was very exciting to be able to swim under a waterfall. Until next time…

Playing tour guide around Cairns

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Maria and I always look forward to hosting visitors, and we relish the opportunity to show friends around our tropical paradise. Last week, we welcomed great friends of our from Tennessee, Glenn and Shirley. We stocked the fridge with Tooheys Extra Dry, Tooheys Old and Coopers Sparkling, and enjoyed many an hour trading stories and catching up on each others’ lives over a couple of stubbies.

But Glenn and Shirley didn’t travel all this way to chug beer. We made sure they experienced the best that Tropical North Queensland has to offer before sending them on their way. The weather conditions were PERFECT, so Maria took them scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. I’m sure she will write about that when she gets the chance.

We sent them on a 4WD tour to Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

And it had been a couple of years since I had travelled on Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway, so I used Glenn and Shirley as an excuse to visit Kuranda. We had a great day…

Kuranda is home to some of the best  Tropical North Queensland zoos, and we visited the famous Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary. It was hot and humid in the massive glasshouse, but worth the visit for the thousands of colourful butterflies that were flitting around andlending on us. In the hatching room, we saw a recently hatched Hercules moth. With a wingspan of up to forty centimetres (do I still need to convert metric for you Americans?) the Hercules is the world’s biggest moth. But the star of the showwasundoubtedly the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly. Infamously difficult to photograph, the Ulysses flutters its wings at a frantic pace. I was lucky to get this - albeit blurry - show of two Ulysses in flight. When they are stationary and have their wings closed, the striking blue colour is no longer visible and they blend in with the forest with the outside of their wings a mottly brown and grey.