December 30, 2014 – Parts 1 and 2

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In the absence of current travel options, this is a rework of our 2014 trip Down Under, previously posted on a private blog site.

I did this day originally as 2 very short posts, but have combined and embellished them here.

PART 1 – I don’t Cairns about Australia and their +36 heat – Tell me again why we have to leave NZ?

2:40 AM, after laying awake for hours so we could fall asleep for minutes. Departure by car is in 35 minutes. – UGHHHHHH!

More on this later….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

PART 2We are not in CANZAUS any more, Toto

+14 and cool at 2:45 AM in Wellington and +34 (feels like +42) and sunny in Cairns.

Struggling to scrape the sand out of our eyes, we set off for the Wellington Airport at 3:15 AM. Driving the Rimutaka Pass in the pitch black was a new experience for us, but we soon arrived in Wellington and headed for the parking area at the airport. We grabbed coffee in the airport and then it was time to board our 6:45 AM flight to Brisbane. The in flight meal service was scrambled eggs, wedges and pork meatballs for breakfast. Yummy.

We made an easy transfer in Brisbane to our 10:45 AM flight to Cairns. It too was a pretty uneventful and right on time on Virgin Australia Airlines. The last part was over water and we were able to get some views of the Great Barrier Reef and we also got an excellent view of Cairns on final approach.

Arriving in Cairns, the humidity and heat hit us like a blast from a hot sauna. A quick air conditioned bus transfer to the hotel, where we checked in and dropped our bags.

Our condo was not yet ready for us, so we set off for a steamy walk through the Flecker Botanical Garden where we saw many birds and rain forest plants that we have never seen before (huge palms and gum trees and bamboo of all heights and thicknesses).

On the other side of the gardens, we found Ozmosis Cafe, a little café (pronounce kaff in Oz) for a bite of lunch (Jaffles and salad). A jaffle is a sandwich pocket cooked in something akin to a waffle iron.

Another sweaty walk back through the gardens, we arrived back at in time to access our 5 star accommodation (about 1,000 square feet) with a huge outdoor lanai that is too hot to sit on during the day.

After a bit of unpacking, we walked downtown to pick up a rental car, for use during our stay. After picking up the rental car, we shopped for some goodies and bevvies for our room, before strolling along the waterfront, which was all decorated for Christmas and New Years Eve. After grabbing a bite to eat in a local restaurant, we watched in awe as thousands of fruit bats took wing, Ibises waded out in the bay and the pelicans prepared to bed down for the night. That’s when we decided to head back and get some sleep of our own.

Definitely not in CANZAUS any more.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “December 30, 2014 – Parts 1 and 2

  1. There’s surely more to the world’s airports than newsstands and food courts. I mean, just look at the Wellington Airport! Is that a giant Gollum sculpture? One of the first airports to surprise me was the Vancouver Airport with its spectacular art collection and those two red cedar Welcome Figures. It’s a beautiful contribution to Musqueam First Nations on who’s traditional land YVR is located. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Absolutely. Airports need to function well, but they should also amaze and entertain, granting arrivals a glimpse into the country and the culture. Yes, Gollum was there. I am with you on Vancouver’s Airport which I have flown into many times. It is beautiful. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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  2. Looking forward to reading more of your time in Queensland as we have stayed in Port Douglas several times and toured round in a hire car. We’ve also stayed at Hamilton Island on the Whitsundays which was spectacular. Did you also get there? Marion

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    1. We were in Queensland for a week and got to Port Douglas, Daintree, the Tablelands, Karunda and out to Green Island. I am sure there is so much more to see there. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. Agreed. Cairns, at least has rain and humidity. We managed to sandwich our visit in between torturous dry weather and the annual WET, where they can get up to 18 inches of rain in 3 days. It is a rainforest, after all. Thanks for reading Scott. Allan

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  3. I couldn’t help but laugh at the giant Gollum at the airport. Travel days are usually the worst, you have to wake up early and there is lots of waiting around. It’s a great feeling when you finally reach your accommodations and can settle in.

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    1. The only thing missing was the soundtrack…” My Presciousssssssss”. I think they did a great job redecorating. I think many of us would gladly accept the early rising and waiting, just to travel again right now. Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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