Alice Springs to Cairns and beyond
Trip Start Nov 23, 2005
31Trip End Jul 12, 2006
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Managed to get up without a hangover in time for checking out then onto the airport for our flight to Cairns. Before we left, we made a visit to the Alice Springs Royal Flying Doctors centre in town. It was a fascinating tour of the operations centre followed by a look around the museum that showed from old out of the ark radios to modern day technology. After a nice smooth quick flight we landed in Cairns & found a bed for the night, & guess what, you get a free meal here too. Same deal cheap stuff free, may try it tomorrow, tonight we'll just settle with the rest of the tasty pizza like rolls we bought & a huge icecream.
Weds 8th Feb
After shouting, prodding & eventually waking a German dorm mate at 7am (he had a bus at 7:20 & his alarm woke us but not him!) we had a lie in till about 10 followed by a visit (easy Dave!) to several travel shops to book some things to do
Thurs 9th Feb
7:30, a nice early start to go out on a boat trip to the outer barrier reef. At 8:30 we board the Sunkist & get briefed for our intro dive. After about a 2 hr boat ride we tie up right by the reef & anyone not diving yet can go snorkelling. We're in the first group with our instructor Reece (who looks like Richard O'Brian) & we go diving! It was much better than my first attempt & Cathy did quite well once she got used to it. The reef & colours of the fish (or fsh!) were amazing, & after lunch we saw even more fish when we went snorkelling & could get even closer to the reef. It really is like a barrier that sits above the surface, & the view from the boat was pretty cool too. After another 2 hr boat ride back, we went to the Woolshed for our free meal & then got our gear packed & ready for our Cape Trib trip that left at 7.30 in the morning
Fri 10th Feb
Another nice early morning & we got picked up by our tour bus to Cape Tribulation. After about an hours drive we stopped at the Daintree Mangrove Sanctuary where we fed a Cassowary, saw some Sugar Gliders, Tree Frogs & a few Pythons that were asleep in an enclosure. After crossing the Daintree river by ferry, we stopped at the Alexandra Range lookout. Then we took a quick stroll along the Marrdja Boardwalk where we saw a huge strangle fig tree among other rainforest natives, some new & some old. We arrived at our accommodation (Cape Trib Beach House) just after 12, where we could chill out & do some walks. After some lunch we took a walk along the Mangrove covered beech to the Cape Trib lookout. Along the way we saw these funny looking sand balls around a small hole. We soon discovered that it was from these small but very fast crabs that blended in with the sand very well. After dinner we had a beer with 2 of our room-mates Louise & Emma where we chatted about our travels.
Sat 11th Feb
Woke up nice & refreshed from our rainforest hut experience, & we did ok with the local creepy crawlies unlike one girl in our room who got bitten all over
Sun 12th Feb
After a nice lie in we went about the mission of booking a boat for the Whitsundays, a tour for Fraser Island & bus ticket down the East coast. There are so many boats to choose from but we finally decided on a Ketch called Madison, next Sunday for 3 days & 3 nights. At the moment we're on standby for it, but fingers crossed we'll be on that one. We made the best of our last night in Cairns by having a good old roast for only $5 & Cat had BBQ ribs for $6, bargain & very nice after living on pasta & rice for the last few weeks. Finally managed to find somewhere to download this ruddy thing too!