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13th August 2016

Off to Vietnam

Yesterday I booked flights from Cairns to Ho Chi Minh City - I fly out on 31st August - I have booked a hotel in Ho Chi Minh for three nights and then will fly on to Nha Trang. I plan to stay at the same apartments (Five Continents House) I stayed at on my last visit three and half years ago.


25th July 2016

Rented another car today and went up the mountains to Yungaburra and then down to Innisfail via Millaa Millaa. On the way back to Cairns I stopped in at Josephine Falls and was surprised to find there were several people in swimming.

Josephine Falls          Josephine Falls

Josephine Falls at The Base of Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland's Highest Mountain


16th July 2016

I have sold my bike and rented a car the other day to go for a drive up the mountains. I travelled from Cairns up to Mossman then up and over the mountains to Mareeba where I had my usual Skybury Coffee. I then continued on to Kuranda and down the range to Cairns.


9th June 2016

Today I took a day trip to Green Island, a small coral island about 27 kilometres off the coast of Cairns. The ferry trip takes about 45 minutes each way and is well organised. On the isalnd I went swimming, snorkelling (saw lots of tropical fish, giant clams and sea turtles), walking and just lazing on the beach. The weather was perfect which made for a great day out.

Green Island          Green Island Beach
Green Island                                                                 Green Island Beach


28th February 2016

Nothing much happening at the moment as I have been sick for the past month and am now scheduled to have an operation within the next month. It all relates to my prostate problem that I have had for 10 years or so (and one operation already). Once the upcoming operation is over I should be fine for several years at least which will be wonderful.

I am planning to become an Australian citizen sometime soon and am waiting on a police clearance from Thailand before I can start the process - I am a British subject but have lived in Australia for 45 years but never got around to becoming Australian.


23rd January 2016

Today I took my Honda for a ride along the coast and then up the mountains - I road north to Port Douglas then up to Mount Molloy and on to Mareeba where I stopped for a Skybury coffee. I then continued to Kuranda and back down the range to Cairns. All up about 200 kilometres on a wonderful day

Mossman From Mount Malloy
Looking Down Toward Mossman From Mount Molloy


1st January 2016

Happy New Year!

I am in Sydney for the holiday period - I have been here since 23rd December and return to Cairns on 5th January. Had a good time over Christmas catching up with Sue (ex) and Jodie, Steven and David (kids).

I have been playing tourist whilst I am in Sydney - I went to Manly one day and took the train to Newcastle a couple of days later.

Sydney Opera House    Manly Beach    Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House                                                       Manly Beach                                              Sydney Harbour Bridge  

Newcastle Customs House    Newcastle Harbour    Pelican on a Light Pole
Newcastle Customs House                                        Newcastle Harbour                                                 Pelican on a Light Pole


28th November 2015

Sunshine Coast

The weather so far has been good and it is still fine today despite the forecast saying light rain today getting heavier tomorrow. I have been visiting the beaches and am amazed at the number of people around for this time of year making it very hard to find a parking spot. I feel sorry for anyone coming here over the summer school holiday period.

Camping at Dickys Beach          Ibis at Dickys Beach Park
  Camping at Dickys Beach Holiday Park                            Ibis at Dickys Beach Holiday Park     

Bush Turkey at Dickys Beach
Bush Turkey at Dickys Beach Holiday Park


25th November 2015

Caloundra & Camping

I am now camping at the Dicky Beach Holiday Park in Caloundra after flying from Cairns to Brisbane yesterday. I will be here for a week and have rented a car to get about. Last night I stayed in the Paradise Palms Motel at Marcoola Beach as my flight did not arrive in Brisbane until around 6 pm and then I had to pick up the rental car and drive to the Sunshine Coast (100 klms). The Dicky Beach Holiday Park is quite large and right on the beachfront but the camp kitchen is ordinary with no fridge and no microwave.

I do not have any real plans other than checking out the beaches (Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa Beach mainly). I have been surprised by how many people there are here considering it is mid week and not even summer yet. The photo below is of Kings Beach taken at 9.30 am this morning (Wednesday).

Kings Beach Caloundra
Kings Beach Caloundra

22nd November 2015

Walking & Camping

I have settled into my new home in Cairns and have also resumed my morning walks after an ankle injury. Today I did a lap of Cairns (about 20 kilometres) and felt quite good at the end.

Next week I fly to Brisbane for a week of camping on the Sunshine Coast. I will be visiting Kings Beach, "my favourite beach in the world" and Caloundra which was my home for a few years from 2002.


7th November 2015

Today I visited Rusty's Markets for the first time and was pleasantly surprised - they have a wide range of fruit and vegetables and at much better prices than the major supermarkets. Later I went to the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon which will be my local beach now that I am living in town.

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon


30th October 2015

Coral Reef Apartments

I have moved back to Cairns and am staying at the Coral Reef Apartments


17th October 2015

Back to Cairns

On the 28th of this month I am returning to live in Cairns after 12 months at Wongaling Beach (Mission Beach).


7th September 2015

Summer is Here

After a few quite cold months (including single digit lows) the weather has warmed up dramatically over the past two weeks - we are now having temperatures in the high twenties on a daily basis and I have been back in the sea and the pool (I don't like winter).

I have not been doing any travelling other than the occasional trip to Cairns and I do not have anything planned until late November when I am going to the Sunshine Coast for week.

I may be moving back to live in Cairns sometime in the next few months as I need to have an operation.


1st August 2015

The Usual

I have just got home from another “Usual” circuit trip via Cairn’s. I rode up to Cairns yesterday and stayed overnight at the Sunland Leisure Park again (this time I was upgraded to a Family Studio Cabin – similar to the Poolside Cabins with a slightly different layout).

I had a couple of things to do in Cairns and had planned to come back via the coast highway today – but the weather was fine this morning so I rode up to Mareeba for breakfast then on to Atherton and Millaa Millaa for lunch and then home to Wongaling Beach.


27th June 2015

Mountain Circuit

Back home after another Mountain Circuit trip. Today I went from Fishery Falls to Gordonvale and up the Gillies Range (this road has 263 corners and rises 2,624 feet (800 metres) over just 19 kilometres) and on to Atherton where I had breakfast. I then came down the mountains via Millaa Millaa and stopped in Innisfail for a rest stop. I think I will give the mountains a miss for a while as it is getting too cold.


26th June 2015

Fishery Falls

I am now at Fishery Falls staying at the Fishery Falls Holiday Park Resort. I am in one of their Single Rooms which is very basic – a single bed, wardrobe, small TV (about 12″) and a bar fridge. The cost for the night was $38 which is the same as I paid at Cairns Sunland Leisure Park where the room was at least four times the size with a double bed, large fridge, cooktop, microwave and cooking utensils/crockery etc. and also a large LCD TV with cable channels.
Considering that this basic room costs only $10 more than an unpowered camp site it is probably good value for a single person.

One thing I do not like about this park is that they falsely advertise themselves as a “Cairns Holiday Park” when in fact they are nowhere near Cairns at all – it is actually 40 kilometres south of Cairns.


20th June 2015

Back Home

I am now back home at Wongaling Beach after my two day mini trip. Everything went to plan and it was a good trip. I rode up to Cairns on Friday and stayed at the Sunland Leisure Park (see previous post) which was very good and I will be staying there again.

I left Cairns on Saturday morning and rode up the Kuranda Range and on to Mareeba where I had breakfast (Subway) and a Skybury Coffee. I then rode to Atherton and the day became overcast and got quite cold (felt like snow to me) I did not stop at Atherton and headed down the mountains to Millaa Millaa. On the way to Millaa Millaa I stopped at Malanda just to try and warm up a bit.

Had lunch at Millaa Millaa (my usual, a coffee and home made potato top pie) and then rode down the mountains to Innisfail only to find that it was almost as cold on the coast as it had been up the mountains. I had a short break at Innisfail before riding home to Wongaling Beach – Travelled around 400 kilometres over the two days.

A good trip (although a little chilly) and I will be doing something similar again next week (with warmer clothing). I plan to stay at  Fishery Falls which is about 100 kilometres north of here and then ride to Gordonvale and up the Gillies Range to Yungaburra and Atherton before coming back down the mountains to home.

Malanda Falls
Malanda Falls and The Swimming Area


19th June 2015

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

I am now at Cairns Sunland Leisure Park in my “Budget Villa” and it is very good. The park is quite large and well laid out – it is just off a major Cairns road but is quiet. Whilst I have only been here an hour or so I am already impressed – the budget villa has a king size bed, air conditioner, fan, sofa, wardrobe, large fridge, double hotplate, jug, cutlery etc., microwave and a large LCD TV with satellite channels. Outside is a parking area and a table and a couple of chairs. The facilities are just across the road and are clean.

The Sunland Leisure Park has obviously been here for a long time but does not look “Run Down” as do some similar places I have stayed at.
I think this may well be the best value budget accommodation in Cairns.

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