More of Cairns beautiful Northern Beaches

What a beautiful day! Blue skies, right temperature, good friends… It could have not been better. Again, we woke up very early. Although this time not because we wanted to but my parents called to check on us just before they went to bed. And considering the time difference and how late we go to bed in Spain, that was very early for us. And also, Steve had gone to bed only four hours before, he was so taken aback with the fact that we are making it to number one in some google searches, that he kept on finding more recurrences and emailing them to businesses in the area. Hopefully we will convince a few more of how worth it is it to be on board.

Anyway, we knew our friends Lachy and Nadege were having an early start as well and were planning to spend a day on the beach. So we decided to join them for a couple of hours. How cool it is to have a beach so close to where you live that you can go there to spend only some hours. This time we went up to ELLIS BEACH, in the NORTHERN BEACHES. Ellis is the farthest one but it is really worth a visit because it is also the least developed of them all. And it is true. Only a cafe accross the road, serving beautiful breakfasts, three or four barbecues (Australia wouldn’t be what it is without the barbies) and that’s about it. However, the beach was pretty busy with lots of groups being trained on life saving. So we got there, got our little spot under a shady tree and spend a couple of hours just relaxing, talking to our friends and getting a tan.

With our friends Lachy and Nadege and their little baby, and our new friends, Matt and Ness, at Ellis Beach, in Tropical North Queensland. Steve trying to get a tan way too quickly, in Ellis Beach, Tropical North Queensland.

Big Captain Cook, in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland.And Cairns couldn’t be left behind when it comes to BIG THINGS. They have their own Captain Cook statue, huge, as you can see in the photo. These Aussies like big things, don’t they? Right now, there’s some controversy as to whether Captain Cook should remain where he is or should be demolished or moved. Ok, I will start from the beginning. Captain Cook’s statue has been where it is, on the Captain Cook Highway, for over 40 odd years now. But the land where it sits is under new management and the new propietors don’t know what to do with it. The students of James Cook University would love to see it sit on their campus, but the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor is not so keen, as the university lies in the rainforest. Other people say it should be taken to COOKTOWN, although they already have a statue of their own. So I’m afraid the future of Captain Cook’s statue is a bit uncertain. To be honest with you, I think it looks fantastic where it is although it badly needs some painting.

Probably you are all wondering at the dimensions of the statue. Rumour has it that it was never meant to be so big, instead it was supposed to be built to sit on a public bar. But someone got confussed between imperial and metric measurements and the statue acquired its present dimensions. Fantasy or reality? Who knows but it is a fun story to tell.

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