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Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Around the World in 106 Days with

Ray & Claire!!

Part 21 – Cairns


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

The Pilot having completed his job departs and we dock in Cairns


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

In the late 1700’s , Captain Cook’s discovered the Cairns area and named the bay Trinity Bay, but it was another 100 years before gold was discovered at the Palmer River, east of Cooktown in 1872, which resulted in thousands of miners arriving and, as a consequence, this rush resulted in the establishment of Cairns in 1876

The name Cairns was chosen to honour Queensland’s first Irish-born Governor, Sir William Wellington Cairns


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Beginning as a tent city, the first major structures to go up were wharves and storage sheds but despite initial success, the slowing of the gold rush saw the town at risk of disappearing due to lack of income, until it was chosen as the starting point for a railway line that was to service the Atherton Tableland

The entire project was built by hand with workers using buckets, bare hands and dynamite, and the amount of dirt removed added up to just over 2.3 million cubic metres


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Sugar cane became a major export crop for the Cairns region together with a growing dairy produce

Today the remnants of massive sugar plantations can be seen along the coast of the Cairns region but The Atherton Tableland continues to be dotted with dairy farms, tobacco growing, large coffee plantations and other dry weather crops


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Cairns (with an estimated population of around 130,000) now mainly survives on tourism and is an ideal base to discover the Great Barrier Reef


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Unfortunately the North Queensland coast is subject to tropical cyclones which, whilst similar to the effects of hurricanes and monsoons can be far more disastrous........

......these cyclones are a huge mass of low pressure air that forms over the warm tropical water swirling in a clockwise direction. As the air mass grows, strong winds and torrential rain result, and if large enough, the winds can be very destructive with wind gusts up to 285km per hour


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

You would never be stuck for things to do whilst staying in Cairns, as there is limitless accommodation and dining options as well as its culture, shopping

all combined with an enjoyable seaside atmosphere


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Cairns Regional Gallery

Cairns Botanical Gardens


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

..and of course some lovely beaches

...which, unfortunately, from March to September it is too dangerous to swim in the sea (unless inside a special netted area) because of the jelly fish and the sharks


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Port Douglas is a spectacular one hour drive north of Cairns along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

The Project Manager of this particular Ozzy Project made a little bit of a mistake.

He asked for a 3ft statue of Capt Cook and got a 30ft one!!!

But then that sort of mistake isn't apparently uncommon in this part of the world – look at where the sea eagles build their nests!


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Port Douglas is home to some of tropical North Queensland’s most exclusive resorts, award winning restaurants, beautiful galleries and boutique shopping. Holidaymakers relish Port Douglas’ natural beauty and excellent year round climate


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Port Douglas has a relaxed seaside village atmosphere with some great cafes and restaurants, for you to enjoy a delicious tropical snack or lunch – but with the increased cost of living in Australia and the poor exchange rate of £Sterling – we didn’t bother!


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

On our way to Port Douglas we stopped off at the Rainforest Habitat which was divided into three different and unique environments that depict numerous species of the surrounding rain forest, wetlands and grasslands

Noot


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Please Note that the Scribe did not manage to get the names of all the birds and animals and so we hope you just enjoy the pictures


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

But, of course, one of the first things that we saw was a Koala Bear


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Kangaroos doing what kangaroos do best


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

The tree frog

A kookaburra


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Sorry, humans have to go round the other way


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

I just got attached by these huge turtles!!


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Could you please show me the way to the Exit ?


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

Then we headed for Cairns proper

Lookout – Claire is crossing!!


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

But it is difficult to know who is worse – Claire or the crocodiles?!

However with jelly fish in the sea from March to September and Crocs at the water edge – its not the perfect place to go swimming!!


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

The home of thousands of bats


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

The Black Watch is patiently awaiting our return but......


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

.....not before....


Around the world in 106 days with ray claire part 21 cairns

..and now (after that melodious interlude) it is really time to “Buckle up and look forward to the next Port of Call – Hamilton Island”


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