Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Canberra to Cairns

A couple of weeks ago we ventured further north in Australia than we've ever been before. All the way to Cairns in tropical far north of Queensland. We spent a week at the Cairns Beach Resort at Holloways Beach, a few kms north of Cairns. It was a lovely resort, with a fantastic pool which even enticed Richard and I to make splash each day. How annoyed am I that I forgot to take photos!!! There's a restaurant across the road called 'Strait (sic) on the Beach', and it literally is, so you can hear the waves breaking only a few metres away as you enjoy a delicious meal.

Leaving Canberra Airport.

Canberra from the air with the Bindabella Ranges in the background.

Clouds can be even more attractive when you're right up there with them.

Arriving at Brisbane Airport, to change for Cairns (there are no direct flights Canberra-Cairns).

Through a somewhat grimy plane window I could see lots of tiny clouds - definitely not rain-bearing clouds coming your way, Michelle - and what I thought were small, indistinct islands.

Soon I realised that we were in fact flying over the famous Great Barrier Reef. I hadn't expected to be able to see it so clearly from the air, nor was I prepared for the fact that it stretches for almost the entire length of Queensland. (Please check the link if you are unfamiliar with the GBR as it will give you much more information....... and I'm lazy.)

Coming into Cairns.

I hope to post more photos of our trip in the next few days.

I apologise for my long absence from the blogging scene.......I have no good excuse, so I won't try and invent

Hello and best wishes to anyone out there who may still be checking up on A Growing Delight.


diane said...

Welcome to the sunshine state (I hope it had stopped raining for your trip) The reef looked great. I don't remember seeing so clearly when I went up there. Did you see the tanker stuck on the reef?

racheld said...

I'm here, and it's always nice to see you pop to the top of the line!!

And I'm looking forward to seeing another place I've never been. I love being invited along on your adventures!

Susan said...

Awesome pictures of the reef and clouds! Glad to hear from you again.

Kerri said...

What an amazing scenes! It must've been thrilling to see the GBR from a bird's eye view.
Thanks for letting us share it vicariously through your lovely photos.
A week in Cairns sounds heavenly, and eating a meal while listening the the waves breaking would be such a delight.
I was in Cairns many years ago and it was beautiful then. It's changed considerably since those days, but that coastline is still beautiful I see.
Nice to see those fluffy clouds up close and personal.
Glad you and Richard had a wonderful stay in such a glorious place, dear Alice.

DellaB said...

Not as long as I have been away though.. and back just now to make the necessary changes to accomodate blogspot's removal of my ftp facility! All done though, nice and easy.. but guess who's link I chose FIRST to visit to check things were working? Yep..

Love the pics, love that you are still here with your amazing tales and visions.. and special thanks too from this ex-pat North Queenslander..

donna said...

Thanks for the plane ride and the view of the clouds and the water. Enjoyed it.


Noella said...

Absolutely beautiful photos of Cairns and GBR, Alice. Your floral photos are a work of art!