Posts Tagged ‘Innisfail’

Glorious Summer Days!!!!

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

At the Cairns LagoonWe know that nearly in the rest of the world winter is already there. Well, not in Australia, and definetely not in Tropical North Queensland. Days are soooooooooooooooo hot. Don’t believe me???????? You only have to take a look at the photos we took this morning. I know my Spanish friends would think I’m kidding if they knew this photos were taken from 7.30am to 8.30am. Because, and Steve doesn’t understand this yet, Sunday morning are made to sleep in. And not one hour or two but the whole day, unless you’re meeting your friends to go out and have some tapas. Otherwise, you shouldn’t go further from bed than the sofa. But our Cairns underwater camera rental business keeps us busy and this morning the alarm went off at 6am. Not bad, eh? Now you understand why we don’t go out partying any more.

Cairns Lagoon, Australia In Cairns, Tropical North Queensland

And yesterday we decided to leave Cairns behind and discover Innisfail, a city we’ve only been to when we have visited Paronella Park. Innisfail is the Art Deco capital of Australia and in the photos you will see why. There are lots of beautiful buildings, many of them were built in the 1920’s.

Innisfail Church, Australia Art Deco buildings in Innisfail

Babinda Boulders, AustraliaBut before we got to Innisfail, we stopped in Babinda Boulders, a magnificent fresh water pool with a fascinating legend. Legend has it that a beautiful girl called Oolana, from the Yidinji tribe, married a very respected elder from her same tribe called Waroonoo. Very shortly after they married, another tribe moved in the area and a very handsome man moved in with this tribe. His name was Dyga and soon Oolana and Dyga fell in love. Realising how serious the crime they were comitting was, the adulterous couple escaped and fled into the valleys. But they were soon captured by the elders although Oolanda managed to break free and jumped into the still waters of what is nowadays known as Babinda Boulders, calling for Dyga to follow her. No sooner has she hit the waters than her cries for her lost lover turned the still waters into a rushing torrent and the land shook with sorrow. Massive rocks were scattered around the creek and the crying Oolana disappeared amongst them. The legend says that her spirit still guards the boulders and her cry for her lost love can still be heard.

Babinda Boulders, AustraliaIt’s a fantastic place, although not good for swimming. And the rainforest surrounding the boulders is very interesting, with lots of ferns forming intricated patterns around the trees. But we also saw some destruction caused by Hurricane Larry back in 2002. Huge fallen trees can still be seen, with massive roots that weren’t enough to hold them in place when the hurricane hit the area.

After the Boulders we made our way to Josephine Falls, a beautiful area within the Wooroonooran National Park. We were ready for a swim as it was getting very hot, but during the dry season, which we’re still in, there’s not enough water flowing and we decided to wait until we were back home and we could go to our swimming pool. We will go back when there’s more water as we saw some very wicked rocks perfect for sliding into the water.

At Josephine Falls At Babinda Boulders

 And to finish the blog for today, I’ll leave a photo of the most fantastic tree house I have ever seen. Can you imagine a better location for it???????????????

Tree House near Flying Fish Point, Australia

Enjoying visits from friends and family

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

We’ve been very busy lately with lots of friends and family who have come to visit us. No complaints, we love it.

First we had Denise, Steve’s cousin, staying with us for a couple of nights. She lives in Mundubbera and came to CAIRNS to attend a friend’s party on the ATHERTON TABLELANDS. And while she was here she spent some time with us. The first day, we went to Paronella Park as she had never been there before and was very keen to go. And we always love going back there, it’s a fabulous place. If any of you are making your way through INNISFAIL, we really recommend that you stop there for a few hours, you’ll be nicely surprised, as Denise was.

Denise and Steve at Paronella Park, close to Innisfail. Fantastic view of one of the ruins in Paronella Park, Tropical North Queensland, among lush Rainforest.

The day after Denise left, we had the visit of Jorge and Carmen, who were spending their holidays in Tropical North Queensland. Jorge and myself used to work together in Spain and now both of us have left the company although we have kept in touch. And it’s great to know that, even though you may be thousands of miles away, you will still see the people you care for. I hope more of my friends come to visit us in Cairns.

Us with Jorge and Carmen having dinner in one of the many restaurants of Cairns. Carmen and Maria in one of the many bars Cairns boasts.

And a week later we received the visit of Matt and Isobel, long time friends of Steve. Matt and Steve met when they both were working in London in 1994, and ever since, they have remained friends. I had met Matt in our previous visit to Australia, but I had never met Isobel. Finally I did. Lachy, Nadege and Marlo were also there, and we had a fantastic night. By the way, it was Matt, Lachy’s brother, who put us in touch with them and now we call Lachy and Nadege friends. Great!!!. As you can see, everybody enjoyed the evening at the hotel where Matt and Isobel were staying.

At the beginning of the evening. At the end of the evening.

But in between visits, we have still had time to work very very hard and actually make lots of improvements to the website. If you don’t believe me, have a look at our WEDDINGS page and then follow the links to all the weddings pages. They look beautiful, don’t they. And we have also taken some amazing pictures of Cairns. These ones below are just a taste of what you can find in this beautiful destination. What are you waiting for?

Birds at the Cairns beachfront. Magnificent sunset from the balcony of one of the many hotels in Cairns. Did you notice the rainbow?.

Discovering award winning businesses in Tropical North Queensland

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Well, I’d have a job ahead of me if I tried to outdo Maria’s touching ode in the previous journal update. My little Spanish chica and I certainly have come a long way (literally and metaphorically) since that hot August night on the Costa del Sol three years ago.

Cairns Unlimited was conceived about halfway through that three year period, in December 2005, as Maria and I sat watching the tourist minibuses whizz by, from a sidewalk cafe on the Cairns Esplanade. There was so much going on in this town, in this whole region. And yet, when we had been planning our visit to Tropical North Queensland, we had to visit dozens of different websites to find the information we needed. A staggering amount of the information we found was either out of date or simply incorrect.

There was a real need for a comprehensive site that could provide all the information anybody could possibly need to know when visiting Tropical North Queensland. We were just the pair to provide it, and the best part of all is that we would get to live in Tropical North Queensland. With Maria’s background in marketing, and my previous business experience, and a steep learning curve in web design ahead of us, we set about building our dream. Eighteen months later, and here we are!

Speaking of building a dream, we were fortunate enough during the week to revisit one of our favourite attractions in the region, the magical PARONELLA PARK, a ruined Spanish castle near INNISFAIL. My cousin Denise was visiting with us, and when she mentioned an interest in visiting Paronella Park, neither Maria or myself took much convincing. It’s a beautiful place, but the story behind the castle, the story of visionary Jose Paronella is fascinating and inspiring.

It’s been a big week for some of our friends in Tropical North Queensland.
The annual Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association’s Queensland Awards for Excellence were held in Brisane during the week, with a couple of our friends scooping some very prestigious (and well deserved) awards.

CAIRNS COCONUT CARAVAN VILLAGE took out the honour of Best Five Star Tourist Park, and rightly so. Cairns Coconut Caravan Village is no stranger to winning awards, having three times won Australian Tourism Awards. Situated just on the southern side of Cairns, the park always looks so inviting, with its tropical gardens and sparkling swimming pools.

Another deserved award went to our friends John and Helen, from THE SUMMIT RAINFOREST RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, on the ATHERTON TABLELANDS, one of our favourite parts of Tropical North Queensland. John and Helen’s beautiful retreat won the ‘Most Unique Accommodation’ award, a great honour indeed.

The new NJOY! TRAVELLERS RESORT, in Cairns.And last but not least, our mates at CALYPSO BACKPACKERS RESORT have launched the rebirth of their new sister hostel, NJOY! TRAVELLERS RESORT. Formerly known as Inn The Tropics, the Sheridan Street premises was taken over by the boys from Calypso a month or so ago. They have been busy weaving their Calypso magic on the place, and have now launched the new look, new feel, NJOY! TRAVELLERS RESORT. If it’s anything like Calypso, it will be a winner!