Queensland Journals

Far North Queensland

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A July 2000 trip to Queensland by currywm

Daintree River Cruise Photo, Queensland, Australia More Photos
Quote: Here you learn about the attractions of Far North Queensland,at least the portion of it extending from Cairnes north to Point Tribulation, and the Atherland Tablelands.

Far North Queensland

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Overview

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The Highlights are the people, geography and animals of the land and sea. Be warned in the winter, with dangerous reptiles ashore and giant sharks just off the beach. Friendly people that speak something likes the Kings’ English, great prices on the wines of Oz and some of the World’s best diving in the great barrier reef. Where in the world? Why it's far north Queensland mate, and we spent 8 days there taking in as much as we could. Read on and get a ticket as soon as you can. Quick Tips: They say it is darned hot there in the Australian Summer. We went in July and it was warm and dry, but the water was not.Best Way To Get Around: Rent a car. While the price was much higher h...Read More

The Allamanda

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Hotel

The Allamanda Photo, Queensland, Australia
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The Allamanda is a luxury accommodation that consists of large apartments in a group of buildings right on the beach at Palm Cove. We booked it through our agent at Austravel, who list it as a preferred lodging. We knew that we would be arriving there after 16 days in Fiji and Tasmania after staying in small rooms without laundry or cooking facilities, and the presence of both of them was enough to make Sue want to stay there. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

The Allamanda
1 Veivers Road
Queensland, Australia
(074) 055 3000

Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary

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Attraction | "The Rainforest Habitat"

Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Photo, Port Douglas, Australia
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This is self proclaimed as "Australia’s leading environmental wildlife experience," and I have to tell you it was one of the most enjoyable visits to a zoo of any type that I have experienced. Just off of the entrance to Port Douglas, the Rainforest Habitat features a wide variety of antipodean fauna in surroundings that make visiting them memorable. A walk-thru aviary features a multitude of brightly feathered and loudly squawking birds. The Kangaroos and Wallabies laze in the shade just a few feet from your path, and the sight of a joey peering from the pouch makes quite a nice photo. At least the crocs are safely segregated. I at first found that the koalas were in their usua...Read More

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Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
Port Douglas Road
Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia 4877
(07) 4099 3235

Daintree River Cruise

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Attraction

Daintree River Cruise Photo, Queensland, Australia
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A bit north of Port Douglas, you can happen onto the small town of Daintree, which sits on the river of the same name. Here there are several operators offering short river cruises to see what lurks around the bend. Most of the lurking is the province of the estuarine crocodile, some of which can buff up to 7 meters in length. Our grizzled guide took extra pains to be sure that we saw four of them, at a range the squeamish would call “close”. Other animal life in the area seemed limited to birds, since the gators can’t catch them, and include the Kookabura and the showy Azure Kingfisher. We noticed, and our guide lamented, that the area around the river is becoming developed for agriculture.

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Daintree River Cruise
Daintree
Queensland, Australia

Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Attraction | "Cairns-Kuranda Railway"

Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo, Cairns, Australia
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The scenic rail line down the mountains from Kuranda to Cairns has a history dating to 1891. When it opened, it solidified Cairns' position over Port Douglas as the trading center of the north. Today, the rouet is a tourist attraction, but operated by Queensland Rail. Passengers can opt for round trips or one way journeys, and the period coaches provide a spectacular view of the mountains down to Trinity Bay and Cairns. We were there in the dry season and the most Barron Falls could offer was a trickle. A reccommended mode of transport into the Tablelands

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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda
Cairns, Australia

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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Attraction

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Photo, Queensland, Australia
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The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, upland in Kuranda, is Australia’s largest butterfly farm. It is just one of the many attractions in and around Kuranda, but it does draw quite a crowd. The indoor structure features a number of the 382 species of butterfly endemic to Australia, but the focus seems to be (rightly) on the gorgeous blue Ulysses and the green Cairns Birdwing. As you enter the large (near 3.7K cubic meters) enclosure, well planted and landscaped, you are surrounded by the creatures in flight. Many will land on you, and the photo opportunities are exquisite. I spent quite a few frames trying to capture a Ulysses, but as they rest with the wings folded (the blue is on the top) was un...Read More

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
8 Rob Veivers Drive
Kuranda, Queensland, Australia 4881
(07) 4093 7575