Archive for March, 2008

Tapas style dinner with friends

Monday, March 31st, 2008

It seems the personalised service we give our clients is already paying off and we are being recommended to some other travellers coming to Cairns. As Cairns Unlimited continues to grow and evolve, we now also give advice and can help everyone with their bookings all over Australia, not only Tropical North Queensland. So if you are planning a trip to Australia, or are already here, and feel you are a bit lost about where to go, what to do, etc, send us an email and we are more than happy to help you in every way we can.

That’s what Gemma and David did. They wanted to try snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef but the choice is so wide that they were a bit overwhelmed. At Cairns Unlimited we know which companies are best for what you need, because not all of them cater for scuba divers and snorkellers alike. And we also know when companies are offering specials, so you can save a few bucks by booking through us. Not bad, is it? We met up with David and Gemma, on their travels around a few countries, after they had gone snorkelling and both of them enjoyed the trip immensely. They had also rented a Cairns underwater camera, and in one day they took 448 photos, many of them absolutely beautiful, as you can see in the picture below. You couldn’t get better value for money for $49 all inclusive (considering that we deliver the underwater camera to your accommodation in Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches and pick it up once the rental period is over. And if you rent our cameras for more days is even cheaper. Example, two days is $59, three days is $69 and three days $79).

We took David and Gemma to one of our favourite restaurants in Cairns, Casa de Meze, where you can enjoy tapas style mediterranean cuisine, the closest I have found to Spanish food in Cairns. We all enjoyed our food, it was delicious, and it is always fantastic to share stories with other travellers.

One of the many photos Gemma and David took on their snorkelling trip on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Easter in Australia. The Crater Lakes.

Monday, March 24th, 2008

First of all, Happy Easter everyone!!!

We are enjoying a few quiet days in our little paradise, trying to mix work with some time exploring the area. And since the rain has given up a break, we decided it was time to go to the Crater Lakes, close to Yungaburra, in the Atherton Tablelands. We will never get tired of repeating how beautiful the Cairns Highlands are and how different from the coastal scenery and heat and humidity.

Lake Eacham, close to Yungaburra. Lake Barrine, in the Atherton Tablelands.

Both lakes are fabulous but if you want to have a swim, the only one where you can do it is Lake Eacham. There were lots of people enjoying their day out in the sun and many youngsters, and those not so young, were cooling off in the deep blue waters of the lake. At Lake Barrine swimming is not permitted but it is just as beautiful as its twin. Apart from the amazing scenery, we saw some native fauna as well, which we had the privilege to photograph.

The Ulysses Butterfly is one of the most beautiful butterflies in Australia. Little snake found near Lake Barrine.

BBQ at the Cairns Esplanade

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Some of you, who followed Steve’s travels all around the world, will remember a BBQ we had in the mountains close to Madrid a couple of years ago. When we got to the site it was -2º Celsius, and after a few hours, when it was time to leave, it was still the same temperature. Despite the temperature, we remember that day fondly, we had a great time with our friends Guille and Natalia. We loved the place so much we went back there a few more times and it was always as cold, but, as you can see, we always had fun.

Well, yesterday we had arranged to meet up with Natalia (another Natalia) and Maria, Natalia´s mother, from Spain, to show them the Aussie tradition. It had been raining heavily the day before and that morning, but the arvo was sunny and glorious. So we went down the Cairns Esplanade ready with our gear to impress them with delicious sausages and fried onion. We had enough time to cook the barbie, as you can see in the foto, but just about. It started raining heavily and although we were sitting undercover, by the end of the night we were completely soaked. Although we still enjoyed nice food. It remainded me of that day in Madrid, though the weather conditions weren´t as adverse as that day two or thee years ago.

Following the Aussie tradition, Steve, the only man of the group, cooked the food. And he did a fantastic job!!! Usually, the sheilas, that´s the women, had to prepare the salads, set the table up and all those boring jobs. And it there is a kitchen that where we usually end up. But this is not only an Aussie habit, it seems it is always the same in every country. I wonder why, as I never seen a group of men talking about their business in the kitchen.