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Cairns

So, after a couple days at Mission Beach, we headed up the coast to Cairns (pronounced Cans), which is a city but not too big.  Thats where we had our orientation when we first got to Australia, so it was cool already knowing where some stuff was.  We met up w/ Lindsey on the bus on the way there.  While in Cairns, we went on the Kuranda Skyrail up to Kuranda, shopped some of the markets and Aboriginal stuff, then went back down on the Scenic Railway.  I liked being on the skyrail in a gondola over rainforest and seeing Barron Gorge/falls and the scenic train was cool too.  We also went on an "On the Wallaby" day tour trip and went to the Atherton Tablelands (looks like driving through Vermont pretty much), more rainforest, a big cathedral fig tree, and three waterfalls.  That was also a fun trip.  The last day we shopped at the mall and did all the shops on the streets and went into the very nice pool on the Cairns Esplanade.  The whole break was fun, from rainforest trip to Mission Beach to Cairns, I liked it a lot.  The backpacker/hostel places we stayed in were pretty nice this time too, so that was good.  Ok, time for pictures, I could write about a million little things we saw and facts we learned etc, but I won't because that would take forever and people probably don't even read these top things because I know I just like to look at pictures and probably wouldn't read it either. 

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lindsey amy and me in skyrail gondola (not a very good pic, we asked the person to take it and they did it really fast before we went off)

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view from gondola back towards small town, cane fields, ocean

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view of rainforest from gondola

 

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view from skyrail stop #1

 

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some rainforest at that stop (light gap)

 

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tree ferns

 

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view of Barron Falls from gondola

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view from skyrail stop #2

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Barron Falls sign (thats what it looks like during the wet season, we're here in dry)

 

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sign about how this land used to belong to the Djabugay Aboriginal tribe

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map type thing of the area...Lake Placid? 

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back in gondola again, looking out over rainforest

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rainforest

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going over river right before reaching the town of Kuranda

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looking down into rainforest and i guess a little house or something in there

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we took the Kuranda scenic train on the way back down after shopping some up there

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scenic train stop to take pics of Barron Gorge/Falls on the opposite side from before

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on the way again

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train going around bend

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gorge again

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front of train, painted to show the Aboriginal Dreamtime story of how a snake formed this gorge

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stony creek falls, seen from train

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train going into tunnel

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our 'on the wallaby' day tour bus

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sign for the cathedral fig tree

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cathedral fig tree (quite old and big)

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looking up inside the cathedral fig tree

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looking inside cathedral fig

 

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view from Gillies Range outlook (went up 19km of road that had 246 curves, one after another, immediately followed by another, etc).  also this background

 

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i spotted this Boyds Forest Dragon on a tree near the bathroom facility

 

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again, opposite side

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again

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Australian brush turkey

 

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pelican posing for the camera

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saw-shelled turtle in water (they can take in oxygen through their bum!)

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lake eachem (one of the volcanic crater lakes)

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millaa millaa falls ('water water' or 'lots of water'), the most photographed waterfall in Australia

 

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me and lindsey are over under the fall, the water was pretty chilly but nice and refreshing

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the falls

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sign to millaa millaa falls, ellinjaa falls, and zillie falls is right back there

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path to ellinjaa falls

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ellinjaa falls (very pretty and peaceful, actually belongs to a guy, not the state or anything)

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how would you like this in your backyard?

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ellinjaa again

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zillie falls

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i turned around and looked dumb for amy to take a pic

 

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me and amy going in that waterfall as well

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Dreamtime, the hostel we stayed in at Cairns, a very nice remodeled old Queenslander house

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Lindsey sitting and drawing at night

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Amy reading her book

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they didn't like me taking pictures of them that night so the next morning they took a pic of me being stupid w/ my bikini top over my shirt

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me and lindsey in the awesome Cairns esplanade pool

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lindsey and me after getting out of pool

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the mean seagull that was chasing all the other ones around

 

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the flat escalator in the mall (amy was amused by it)

 

This background pic is the one I took of Gillies Range in the Atherton Tablelands on the way up to the waterfalls and such.

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