Australian Holiday: 9th - 22nd September 2001
(Northern TerritoryAdelaide/Great Ocean Rd)

  Cairns: 9th - 14th

Sun 9-Sept	Auckland - Cairns	

		Flew from Auckland direct to Cairns.  Was actually raining when arrived! - But still
		about 30C. Had a free day around Cairns to see inner City and shop.
		Quite a beautiful City.  Several amazing photographic galleries 
 		 - see www.peterlik.com.au and www.steininger.com.au 

Cairns from Wharf

Mon 10-Sept	Cairns		

		Went on 'Sunlovers Cruise' tour to Fitzroy Island which stopped for about an hour
		to look at beaches and rainforest.  Then went on to Moore Reef on the Outer Barrier
		Reef.  Had a Buffet Lunch before cruising on the Semi-submersible boat (not very 
		impressive because it didn't stop - too many bubbles and turbulence), before going
		snorkelling for about an hour - absolutely incredible colours of the fish, coral etc
		- a great experience.

		Next I went on a helicopter flight over Moore and surrounding reefs - Incredible!

Fitzroy Island



View from Fitzroy Island



Coral and Fishes using Underwater Camera



Pancake Coral



Fish!



View of Moore Reef, Boats and Pontoon, from Helicopter

More Moore reef !!

Tues 11-Sept	Cairns		

		Undara Lava Tubes tour (to the edge of The Outback).  A very long, but interesting 
		day.  The tubes were formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed along a creek bed
		and cooled on the outside while the inside continued to flow!



Road to Undara Lava Tubes



Undara Station Cafe/Restaurant

An Undara Lava Tube
(a small one - other photos were too dark)

A Termite mound beside road to/from Undara - about 6 foot tall!

Wed 12-Sept	Cairns		

		Daintree River Cruise and Cape Tribulation Rainforest/Beach Tour.  4WD Bus from Cairns
		to the Daintree River, making stops at Port Douglas and a Cafe for morning tea along
		the way.  Cruised the Daintree river for about an hour, seeing various wildlife 
		including several large crocodiles (see photo below).
				
		Then continued by bus on the opposite side of the river, on towards Cape 
		Tribulation ('Cape Trib' to the locals).  Had a delicious BBQ lunch in the middle of
		the jungle before arriving at the Cape itself.  Very isolated area with beautiful
		scenery.  Homemade ice-cream on the way home!



Port Douglas Beach



Daintree River Cruise - Rainforest



Daintree River Cruise - Mangroves

HUGE Croc on bank of Daintree River
(about 1 metre long)



Cape Tribulation Rainforest



Cape Tribulation Beach Lookout
Thu 13-Sept	Cairns		

		SkyRail, Kuranda, 'Rainforestation', AND Kuranda Scenic Rail today!  Picked up from 
		accommodation for 10-15 drive to SkyRail base.  Took SkyRail up over the rainforest
		canopy for a unique perspective and incredible views.  Stops along the way gave
		lookouts over the (rather dry) Barron falls, and the Kuranda Scenic Rail train that
		we'd be catching later in the day.  Continuing on to the village of Kuranda, in the
		middle of no-where.



Kuranda SkyRail



Barron Falls during the Dry Season!



Pond above Barron Falls

Thu 13-Sep (continued) Cairns 		

		Looked around craft and souvenir stores in Kuranda before continuing on to the 
		'Rainforestation' Centre. This centre consists of a small Wildlife park (Wombats, 
		Wallabies, Kangaroos, Koalas, Crocs, Turtles, Snakes etc), an Aboriginal Dance troupe 
		(who also demonstrate how to play a Didgeridoo, throw a Boomerang and spears), and 
		the 'Army Ducks'.

		The 'Army Ducks' were amphibious Army vehicles from WWII that were now used to take
		tourists through the surrounding rainforest and lake to see more wildlife.

		After out time at 'Rainforestation', transported back to the Kuranda railway
		station for trip back to Cairns on the restored Kuranda Scenic Railway.



Jason somewhat reluctantly holding a HUGE snake





The Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Troupe



The Kuranda Scenic Rail Train

Fri 14-Sept	Cairns - Yulara		

		Flew to Yulara Resort, Northern Territory, to see Uluru (Ayers Rock) and 
		Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) - staying there for two nights.

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(Northern TerritoryAdelaide/Great Ocean Rd)