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Monday, July 7, 2008


A few years ago Bill received a call from Werner, a friend who he hadn't heard from in 30 years. They used to work together in P/NG. Now Werner lives in Cairns and he invited us to visit him. We flew up in winter to avoid the tropical summer heat. Werner was our tour guide and entertainment officer for the week.

The swimming pool complex in Cairns.

Cairns City
Two old mates meet again
A trip up the ranges on the cableway to Kuranda.
The rainforest walk at Red Peak Station
The township of Kuranda.
We went back on the Scenic Railway from Kuranda Station.
The Baron Falls in the dry season.
Down the range on the historic train.
Another day we went further north to Mossman Gorge.
The river and rock pools were crystal clear and very cold.
Too cold for me to swim.
A walk in the jungle was a better idea.
Then a bit further north to Pt Douglas. A playground for the rich and famous.
On the way back to Cairns we stopped to admire the fabulous views.

You may have noticed we had jumpers on most of the time. It was the coldest week in Cairn's history. We had to buy extra long sleeved shirts. However we still think it was better than the humidity of the tropical summer. It would be nice to spend winter in FNQ, summer in Tasmania and spring and autumn in Brisbane.


  1. That brought back memories. Lets go away again soon.

  2. Hi Diane,

    I recognise those backgrounds!

    Yes you are right, winter is the best time here. I might fly south for the summer!

    You guys certainly get around. I wonder how many kms you have clocked up?



  3. Hi Cindy,
    We flew to Cairns. When i was working we had to take hlidays in school holiday time and we mostly flew to our destinations but noew that we are semi retired we are doing more road trips but the price of petrol will probably slow us down.

  4. And me as well! In my car a round trip to town costs $20!

  5. Hi Diane,
    Lovely pictures...Lived in the far north all of my younger life and have never been to the Mossman Gorge and have a yen to visit when next up that way after viewing your and Cindy's photographs....You certainly do enjoy your retirement in the best possible way.
    Kind Regards,