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Cape Tribulation, what a treat!!!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

It’s always so nice to get away from the office, and Cape Tribulation was one of the places on our “places to visit” list. We hadn’t been there since we came to Tropical North Queensland for holidays, back in 2005, when we were still living in Madrid. My memories of the area were fantastic and I must confess that I wasn’t let down by the scenery this time either. Sometimes it’s a bit tricky because no matter how good photos of Cape Tribulation are, what you see around you is always 100% better and it’s very difficult to capture it in a picture.

Everytime someone has been asking me if they would be likely to see wildlife outside the zoo in Australia I’ve always told them that it would be pretty unlikely if they were expecting to see any other animal apart from kangaroos. However, I will have to eat my words from now on. I never thought you could actually see cassowaries in the wild, but I was actually proven wrong three times, although the first encounter we had with one of this magnificent birds was the best one, since the cassowary got very close to us, as you can see in the photo. It was nearly as tall as us (sorry, nothing or nobody is ever as tall as Steve, let me correct my mistake) and they look really mean. But it was very special to see such a wild, beautiful and rare animal so close.

And then, what can I say about Cape Tribulation beach????? It’s one of the most fabulous beaches I’ve ever seen. I can only think of Captain Cook and his crew when they came to this beautiful side of the world and were confronted with such an amazing nature. Remember that at that time, in the late 1700’s, there were no buildings or roads in sight. Probably just a few Aborigines who were curious about the steel fish and the weird looking people coming out of it. All the way from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is breathtaking and if you are lucky enough to venture north of Cape Tribulation on the Bloomfield Track, the beauty of this nature is just as, or even more, mindblowing.

Ocean Safari is one of the companies offering scuba diving and snorkelling trips from Cape Tribulation

At Cape Tribulation beach we saw one of the few diving companies that operate from here, Ocean Safari. They are a small company that only takes 25 guests on board, making the half day trip very enjoyable and personalised. Besides, and since the scuba diving and snorkelling companies that operate from Cape Tribulation are just a handfull, the reefs they visit are usually deserted. Another add on for your Great Barrier Reef experience.

And another exciting experience about Cape Tribulation is the fact that there’s no bridge to cross the river but a ferry that carries car from one side of the Daintree River to the other. All day long, from 6am to 12am, back and forth, non stop. The fact that there’s no bridge to cross the river acentuates the feeling of being somewhere isolated and “away from it all”. Here you will find hardly any development, it’s nature at its best. But as I said before, photos are not even close to the real thing, so you have to come and see Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest for yourself.

With Alex, from Spain

Friday, January 11th, 2008

One of the highlights of my week is always meeting with all the Spaniards who come to Cairns for holidays. Unfortunately still there are not too many, it’s too far away for us and we usually stay closer to home. Couldn’t say why. But there are some of us who decide to take a year off and travel around the world. And one of the them is Alex.

Alex and I had been in touch for a few weeks, while he was researching to plan his days in Cairns. And finally we met yesterday and had a long and very pleasant chat. Alex is travelling around the world after quitting his job in Barcelona. So far he’s been to some countries in Asia, and his next stop after Australia will be New Zealand and South America, finishing in Brazil. Travelling around the world is one of those things I always wanted to do, but never found the right time to do it. And although I’m now living on the other side of the world, I’ve come here directly, without stopping hardly anywhere on the way.

Alex is going to be in Cairns for a few days, so what I have recommended him to do on those days is what you cannot miss while in Cairns: a trip to the GREAT BARRIER REEF , a trip to CAPE TRIBULATION , ideally staying overnight so you have time to visit the CAPE TRIBULATION BEACH and then KURANDA on a day trip. The means of getting to Kuranda are exceptional, travelling one way with Skyrail over the Daintree Rainforest and the other way with Kuranda Scenic Railway, a train built by the early pioneers. One of the highlights of the trip is Barron Falls, beautiful falls that during the rainy season are absolutely breathtaking.

Barron Falls during the dry season. Still a very impresive sight Barron Falls during the wet season, when the falls are at its best.

Here you have a couple of pictures of the Barron Falls, the first one is the one we took a couple of years ago when we came here on holidays. And the other one is what the Falls look like after some rain. Impressive, isn’t it?

Steve enjoying our trip on the Skyrail. Ready to go back to Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

And here you have a couple of pics of our trip to Kuranda a couple of years ago. The trip was absolutely amazing as well as all the staff we met. Recommended 100%.

I think Alex is also going to spend one day in PALM COVE , one of the beautiful CAIRNS NORTHERN BEACHES .

Alex, I hope you have a great time in Cairns and during the rest of your trip.

Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and from our piece of paradise we wish you all a very happy 2008.

In Spain we have a tradition (of course, Spain is full of traditions). On New Year´s Eve, just as the clock ticks 12 o’clock and the new year starts, every single person in Spain eats 12 grapes. Funny, isn’t it? Well, New Year’s Eve isn’t the same if we cannot eat the 12 grapes and I’m positive that every single Spaniard keeps up with the tradition wherever they are. Some of you will remember that a few years ago, we left Spain on boxing day to go on our Russian adventure. The first questions all our Spanish friends asked when they new was: “What about the grapes?” And my mum provided us with a couple of tins of grapes that you can find in the shops for such an occassion. And this year we did too, of course. But 2008 is going to be a very successful year, we not only ate 12 but 24, celebrating both the Australian and Spanish change of the year, nine hours later.

New Years Day was very quiet. In the morning we went for a walk to our nearest beach and in the arvo we went to our swimming pool to cool down a bit. I’m sure many of you are used to spending Christmas during the summer and it’s not a big deal. But it is for me. During Christmas it is usually freezing in Spain and the fact that I see Christmas trees and decorations while I can still enjoy a swimm in the pool is at least weird. Two years ago, when we came to Cairns for a visit, something funny happened. We took the traditional Spanish Christmas sweet, called “turron” to give as presents to friends and family. We left some lying around in our room the day we went scuba diving in Cairns. When we went back to our room I discovered the turron (a sweet made usually with almonds and sugar) completely melted and covered in ants. I guess in Spain it doesn’t happen, it is too cold

Some of you have expressed your concern about Steve exchanging one of his kidneys for the safe return of our beloved car. Don’t worry, Steve still has his two kidneys, which also means that we don’t have our car yet.