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A visit to Barron Falls - Kuranda

Monday, February 25th, 2008

This weekend has been pretty quiet, although we managed to get up early Saturday morning and make a trip to Kuranda. Ever since I showed Steve the pics I took of Barron Falls just a couple of weeks ago, he was very keen to go and see it for himself. So we went.

As you can see, the falls are just as impressive but we found this lookout where the views are even more magnificent. Steve was telling me the story of how, many years ago, they climbed the mountain just behind me with his brother Phillip until they reached one of the pools. They had planned to have a swim in the pool to cool off a bit. I was thinking what a hero my boyfriend, and his brother, was, until he admitted that they climbed during the dry season, when there’s hardly any water in the Barron River. Not so brave after all, is he? Anyway, I must admit that climbing these rocks is pretty brave, whatever season of the year. So it seems, after all, he’s still my hero.

The rest of the weekend was fairly quiet. Sunday morning we met up with a couple of people from Colombia, who got us to book their trips and accommodation for them. Last night they were off to Airlie Beach, where they will be visiting Whitehaven Beach and Hayman Island, two of the most beautiful places in Tropical North Queensland. Good luck, Alejandro and Dora, hope you have a fantastic time in Australia.

Later on, we enjoyed the visit of one of Steve’s extended family’s member: his cousin Trevor. He is in Cairns to give a lecture about kinesiology.

And Sunday evening was cooking time. We will be hosting a Spanish night next Sunday and there’re a few dishes I would like to cook. But since I had never cooked them before, I thought I’d better try them first. As you can see in the pic, I wasn’t so successful, so I may have to rethink the menu. However, Steve only left one of my cheese ‘croquetas’, I guess the result wasn’t as bad although the look wasn’t so appealing.

The Australian Outback

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Since we launched our site three months, ago, we have had a terrific response from businesses in CAIRNS, PORT DOUGLAS, MISSION BEACH, AIRLIE BEACH and even the ATHERTON TABLELANDS. But the further west we went, the lest response we got from businesses in the OUTBACK. However, we are not discouraged easily and we are determined to promote the whole area of Tropical North Queensland. So we took our van, bought a few snacks and lots of water, and here we are, touring the OUTBACK and meeting the wonderful characters who live in the area.

We only left Cairns yesterday, Sunday, after having just moved to our new place to the beach. We have already visited CHILLAGOE, UNDARA LAVA TUBES, Mount Surprise and GEORGETOWN, and right now we are going to spend the night in COBBOLD GORGE.

One of the roads we are finding in the Outback. Inside the EspaƱol Hotel, close to Chillagoe, in the Northern Outback.

Right now we are in a campground with no electricity, so I will just leave a couple of photos to give you a taste for it, but promise to write a lot more when we have the chance to find an internet spot.

The return of the white whale… Migaloo!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Well, the big news of the day was the sighting of Migaloo, the world’s only known white humpback whale, off the coast of PORT DOUGLAS on his annual migration from Antarctica. Passengers on a dive boat on the Great Barrier Reef were stunned when they witnessed Migaloo breach the surface close to their craft. Witnesses reported that it was like watching an iceberg rise from the ocean.

Migaloo (which is the Aboriginal word for ‘white fella’) is no stranger to Tropical North Queensland. This is the third year in a row that he has been sighted in the northern waters, but how far north he travels varies each year.

Every winter, about 8000 humpbacks make their way up the east coast of Australia in search of warmer water, and who could blame them? Many linger around the WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, but they have been sighted as far north as Torres Strait. But Migaloo is the undisputed star, and in one aerial photograph in today’s paper, you could see the 40 tonne giant cruising through the tropical waters, flanked on each side by a smaller whale, and with two dolphins leaping the waves in front of him, almost like a royal cavalcade.

In general, Australia’s humpback whale population is on the climb, after being hunted almost to extinction in the 50’s and 60’s. They have enjoyed protection in the Antarctic since the countries of the International Whaling Commission agreed on a moratorium that halted whaling in 1986. But Japan wants to resume whaling, under the guise of an Antarctic ’scientific research’ program. Ironically, the commission’s governing convention lets each member country issue its scientific permits - including for lethal research.

Japan does not recognise the Australian Antarctic Territory, or its 200-nautical-mile offshore Exclusive Economic Zone. That means, “Australia’s whales” may be in the sights of Japanese harpoons. Over the years, our humpbacks have become accustomed to a human presence in their waters, and in fact are often noted to approach whale watching boats out of curiosity or to ’show off’ to their audience. It is feared that Japanese whalers will first target those whales which are more comfortable around boats; the ‘easy targets’ so to speak.

Cairns Unlimited is not shy to express our disgust for whaling, and we award our first ever big Cairns Unlimited ‘Thumbs Down’ to anyone who would want to kill these magnificent creatures.

Migaloo wasn’t the only BIG THING to arrive in Tropical North Queensland this week. But you’ll have to come back tomorrow to read more…