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The North – Cairns and Townsville


Revealed: October 11th 2010

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We remaining Bob and Lyn’s / Alex and Shirley’s spoilt and rejuvenated but completely ready to see some more of Australias’ web-sites. We flew to Cairns and arrived to a a bit warmer, stickier local weather. The hostel we had booked into was at the back of cairns town but only a 10 moment walk to the ‘lagoon’, a enormous swimming pool sculpted to appear like a seaside on the sea front. The bay region itself is 1 significant mudflat so travelers swarm to the lagoon in search of a sunbathing setting. The pool was gorgeous but unfortunately the temperature was never ever quite good more than enough to entise us in. Uncharacteristic poor temperature haunted us for our 4 or so times in Cairns.

The city by itself was not what we anticipated – substantially lesser with no authentic marketplace or business enterprise to talk of aside from tourism. Cairns is quite substantially a launching pad for the excellent barrier reef, drawing big numbers if visitors. So owning gotten our diving acreditations in Thailand we resolved to do a trip. After out on the drinking water and possessing sped to the outer reef the weather was excellent, blue skys and still water. The main differences in between diving here and in

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the gulf of Thailand is the sizing of the fish (bigger in Aus) and the presence of sharks!! We did a few dives and observed a number of black and White idea reef sharks spanning 4-6 ft and 3 gray reef sharks which had been a good 7 feet extensive and a lot extra weary. Laura also bought her wish and observed yet another turtle. The diving on the internet sites, aptly named ‘Miln’ had been wonderful with 30+ meters visibility – definitely really worth the excursion.

Whilst in Brisbane we had resolved on our approach of travel from north to south on the east coast. Whilst most backpackers select the bus (greyhound/ OzExperience) we opted for the trains. Involving Cairns and Rockhampton the trains offer a free ungrade to small business course that means even bigger seats and the luxurious of TV’s for some of our prolonged journeys! The only draw back is they are no a lot quicker than drving as the trains under no circumstances get up to additional than 100kmph.

Immediately after Cairns our future place was Townsville. We had booked a hostel marginally out of the town as it experienced lately opened and had glowing critiques. We have been not let down, a huge renovated Queenslander with major guesthouse model furnishings

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and appliances. We have been nevertheless in a 10 mattress dorm that came with the regular problems, major of my record are the snorers!!

Soon after Brisbane, Townsville is the 2nd major city in Queensland . With a enormous industrial foundation Townsville has a significant population, several holidaymakers and felt vastly different to Cairns. A put exactly where people lived – considerably less toy town. The metropolis has a very long beach with a walkway called the ‘strand’ that has a short while ago been regenerated. On our first working day we took a stroll from leading to base in advance of speeding again owing to the undesirable climate that was persistant in subsequent us. On our 2nd working day we obtained in Make contact with with Invoice and Margret, family of Rebecca and Andrea who are great pals of Bob and Lyn’s that we met while we ended up staying in Brisbane. They incredibily kindly questioned if we would like to stay with them for the length of our keep in Townsville, to which we gratefully accepted. Remaining with Invoice and Margret was fantastic, well-known greek hospitality delivered far more than we would ever predicted. We got to see pieces of the nearby spot we would by no means have identified about on our personal. Both of those


becoming energetic, foremost members of the Townsville Greek Modern society they took us to the site of the annual Greek competition and we experienced the enjoyment of assembly a selection of the organisers. Inspite of the largely poor climate we even now had a genuinely very good time in Townsville many thanks to Invoice and Margret.


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