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Cairns, November 2012

As devastating "Super" Storm Sandy wreaked havoc on the eastern coast of America and the news coverage and pictures showed svere damage and flooding of New York,the New Jersey Shore and Atlantic City, the 2012 Presidential Race was put on hold and we flew to Cairns, Australia's "Tropical North" on our way to Japan.

This proved to be a blissful respite between our home in Melbourne and Japan, breaking the journey into two manageable sections. We spent two nights in Cairns on our way and another three nights on our way back from Japan.

Cairns .... humid, still, ringed with mountains of dark greens and blues of varying shades,lush lawns, large tropical trees, often with brightly coloured blossoms - red,yellow, pink and white, century old buildings and wide shady streets, souvenir shops and cafes and a mix of locals, backpackers and tourists. A laid back atmosphere. The new Swimming Lagoon is beautiful with sandy shore, green lawns, large trees and excellent amenities. Right in the heart of the city, it has compensated for the lack of a sandy and safe beach.

With a rental car we travelled north to Port Douglas and beyond to Mossman and Daintree. On our return stay we explored the Atherton Tableland, Kuranda, the Barron Falls and the hinterland.
Early morning along the Esplanade
Early morning along the Esplanade
Early morning along the Esplanade
Early morning along the Esplanade
Early morning along the Esplanade
Early morning along the Esplanade
One of many lovely flowering trees
One of many lovely flowering trees
Cairns foreshore beach, mainly mudflats
Cairns foreshore "beach", mainly mudflats
Cairns foreshore beach
Cairns foreshore "beach"
Cairns Lagoon, swimming beach
Cairns Lagoon, swimming beach
Cairns Lagoon, swimming beach
Cairns Lagoon, swimming beach
Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Cairns Swimming Lagoon at dusk
Cairns Swimming Lagoon at dusk
Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Fountain in the Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Fountain in the Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Lifesavers at the Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Lifesavers at the Cairns Swimming Lagoon
Yachts anchored in Trinity Inlet
Yachts anchored in Trinity Inlet
Big game fishing boats, Trinity Inlet
Big game fishing boats, Trinity Inlet
Larger vessels inTrinity Inlet Harbour
Larger vessels inTrinity Inlet Harbour
Safe play at Muddy Park children's playground,  Cairns
Safe play at Muddy Park children's playground, Cairns
Muddy Park Playground
Muddy Park Playground
Coconuts! Rusty's Market, Cairns
Coconuts! Rusty's Market, Cairns
Weird things, Rusty's Market, Cairns
Weird things, Rusty's Market, Cairns
Tropical flowers for sale at Rusty's Market
Tropical flowers for sale at Rusty's Market
Hang-gliding site at Rex Lookout , north of Cairns
Hang-gliding site at Rex Lookout , north of Cairns
Daintree River Cruises office!
Daintree River Cruises office!
Daintree River
Daintree River
Daintree River Ferry
Daintree River Ferry
River and Reef - directions, Daintree
River and Reef - directions, Daintree
Mirrored at the new Cairns Botanic Gardens restaurant
Mirrored at the new Cairns Botanic Gardens restaurant
Reflected gardens
Reflected gardens
Endless mirror
Endless mirror
A wonderful concept - the mirrored gardens
A wonderful concept - the mirrored gardens
Huge pitcher plant,  Botanic Gardens
Huge pitcher plant, Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
 Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
Interesting, Botanic Gardens
Interesting, Botanic Gardens
Tangles, Wetlands Boardwalk
Tangles, Wetlands Boardwalk
Palms, Wetlands Boardwalk
Palms, Wetlands Boardwalk
Morning reflections, Wetlands Boardwalk
Morning reflections, Wetlands Boardwalk
Waterlilies,  Wetland Boardwalk
Waterlilies, Wetland Boardwalk
Interpretive Centre, Botanical Gardens
Interpretive Centre, Botanical Gardens
 ... and again
... and again
Canefield rows,  Atherton Tableland
Canefield rows, Atherton Tableland
Lake Barrine,  Atherton Tablelands
Lake Barrine, Atherton Tablelands
Lake Barrine,  Atherton Tablelands
Lake Barrine, Atherton Tablelands
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
Kuranda Train
Kuranda Train
Barron River,  Kuranda
Barron River, Kuranda
Kuranda Station
Kuranda Station
Kuranda Train
Kuranda Train
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Someone's son...
Someone's son...
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
Beware!
Beware!
Church,  Port Douglas
Church, Port Douglas
Sugar cane wharf,  Port Douglas
Sugar cane wharf, Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach View,   Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach View, Port Douglas
Idyllic scene,  Port Douglas
Idyllic scene, Port Douglas
Mangroves, Port Douglas
Mangroves, Port Douglas
Port Douglas Harbour
Port Douglas Harbour
Magic light,  Port Douglas
Magic light, Port Douglas