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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 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
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
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
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
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Newcastle Customs House
Pelican on a Light Pole
28th November 2015
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
Camping at Dickys Beach Holiday Park
Ibis at Dickys Beach Holiday Park
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
20th June 2015
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 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
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