Archive for July, 2009

Yorkeys Knob, Lake Placid, and Yungaburra Markets

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

It’s Thursday afternoon, and I’m only just getting around to writing about last weekend… which may give you some idea of just how insane this week has been at Cairns Unlimited. Maria and I have been absolutley bombarded this week, with the busiest week ever for our Digital Underwater Camera Rentals, more Car Rental enquiries than ever, and a veritable flood of Spanish readers contacting Maria for informacion en espanol sobre tours en Australia .

Last Friday we had to revisit Yorkeys Knob to collect something from the post office, so we decided to make a morning out of it. We wandered the full length of Yorkeys Knob beach, from the rivermouth mangroves at the southern end to the rugged rock wall at the northern end, where we used to see dolphins. No dolphins this time unfortunately, but it does remind me that at least one of the reef trip companies have begun to run dedicated whale watching tours in Cairns. I’ve been whale watching before, both in southern Queensland and in Canada, but Maria never has… so watch this space….

 

On the way home, neither of us were in a hurry to get back to the office, so we took the turnoff to Lake Placid, just north of Cairns. It was a cool and relaxing place to stop and take a breath, and I could have sat there all day if we didn’t have so much work to be done.

Then on Saturday, we hit the Atherton Tablelands to check out the famous Yungaburra Markets. Two years we’ve been living in Cairns, and every month we vow to visit these markets, but for some reason every month we miss them. Well, not this time… although we did run out of fuel on the way home that afternoon… luckily at the bottom (this side) of the Kuranda Range!

  

Breakfast at Lake Morris

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Last Sunday I was feeling very lazy, so lazy that I was planning to stay in bed for as long as my back could take it, which is a lot, I must admit. But for Steve, as soon as the sun is up it’s time to get up and do things. Even if it’s only go downstairs and lay down on the sofa. But on Sunday he knew he had to come up with something more interesting that just that, so he offered a “mystery ride”. Usually I would have said no, I don’t like getting in the car and drive for hours without a proper destination. For me, a drive is a way of getting to a place and once there, get out of the car and enjoy at least a few hours there. But Steve loves getting in the car, driving for an hour, stopping for a coffee, getting back in the car again, next town or destination, checking the beach this time for a few minutes, and so on. So, as you can see, we’re extremely different regarding this. Don’t worry, in these cases, he always wins.

Anyway, I still said yes to the mystery drive and got in the car. We ended up in Lake Morris, where a dam to supply Cairns with water has been built. The area is beautiful, peaceful and the drive, although full of my hated corners, is amazing. All the way you drive under hundreds of trees of all types and descriptions and it couldn’t get any greener that that. Absolutely beautiful.

We got there having had no breakfast at all, so first stop was the kiosk. After a hot chocolate (the early morning was a bit chilly, don’t forget we’re in winter) and a blueberry muffin, we went for a walk around the area. There’s not a lot really there, but it has wonderful views of the dam and the mountains surrounding it. And it also has public barbies and picnic tables, so don’t be surprise if we go back there very soon to enjoy a meal in the area. We’re having visitors very soon, and this place I’m sure they will love.

Should we decorate Maria’s car?

Monday, July 6th, 2009

There’s trouble in paradise. Maria and I have been having a quarrel, actually for several months now. You see when we bought two identical cars last year, there was a method behind the madness… 

The idea was to decorate the cars as mobile billboards, gaining free (well, ‘free’ after you pay an arm and a leg for the artwork) promotion for Cairns Unlimited everywhere we drive. So far, due to stubborn resistance from one half of the Cairns Unlimited team, we are still only halfway there. My car looks awesome you must admit…

… but Maria is refusing to let me get my hands on her plain grey car. She says it’s important to have one vehicle unbranded, so we can travel incognito when necessary. Who are we; Britney Spears and Michael Jackson?? We don’t need to travel incognito. We need to be make a splash!

I vote PAINT MARIA’S CAR TODAY!  Help me convince this obstinate Spaniard; post a comment below…