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Tour guiding in Kuranda

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

There is a new side to our business that we never thought of, tour guiding. Every day, I receive lots of emails from Spanish speaking people who are planning a trip around Australia and they always include Tropical North Queensland in their plans. Although there are lots of towns and areas to visit, the most popular ones are CAIRNS, the GREAT BARRIER REEF, CAPE TRIBULATION and the WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS. Among those emails there are lots of couples planning their honeymoon, groups of friends embarking on a once in a life time adventure and people who basically want to learn English. Australia is a fantastic destination for us as getting together with another Spanish person is nearly mission impossible.

Anyway, one of these people was a travel agent looking for someone to escort a a couple from Spain. Their command of English was close to none and I really respect whoever overcomes these problems and travels anyway. My task was to pick them up from the airport and take them to their Cairns hotel, make sure that everything was under control and then take them back to the airport once their time in Cairns was finished. Besides that, one of the days I was in charge of escorting them to KURANDA on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail. I had to learn a bit about these two Cairns attractions, and the more I learn about them the more impressed I am. I promise I will tell you more about them soon.

So I picked them up early in the morning from their Cairns hotel, ready for adventure. First we took the Skyrail, that, at this time of year, offers magnificent views over Barron River Falls. They are an absolutely impressive sight. Then we had a few hours in Kuranda, where we had time to visit all the markets and find the souvenirs they were looking for. Both of them were very keen to get Australian pearls and had been looking for them all around Australia. They finally found them in Kuranda and at a much cheaper price. And after shopping, we took the Kuranda Scenic Railway down, again offering sensational views over Barron River Falls, as you can see in the photo.

I had a great time and it was a very good opportunity for me to learn a bit more about the area, where the good Cairns restaurants are and about the history of Kuranda and its attractions. And I always welcome a bit of Spanish here and there.

The day finished with a great BARBIE at Cairns Esplanade, but that’s for Steve to write about…