Cairns, Qld

Monday, Nov 21:  Today we arrived in Cairns, working our way up the east coast of Queensland.  Cairns is a major tourist destination because of its proximity to two World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park.

We have both visited Cairns at different times in the past, and travelled on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. I had fond memories of travelling in a steam train up the mountain past gushing waterfalls on a railway which dates to 1891. 

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This time we discovered that the steam engine had long gone, now replaced by a diesel.  All the windows were small and barred which made taking photos difficult, especially as we were sitting in the middle.  However, it was still a nice trip through the rainforest, crossing 40 bridges and travelling through 15 tunnels.  Unfortunately the dry weather meant that the waterfalls were not as spectacular as we remembered them. 

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When we arrived at Kuranda, we had time to explore the local market and shops where we hoped to find some local crafts;  unfortunately all we found were cheap imports for the most part.   So, our souvenir consisted of a couple of postcards showing the scenery that we saw on the way but could not photograph very well.  All in all, a bit of disappointing.

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