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From Cairns to Cape Tribulation

December 25, 2013

November 2013

Cairns est seulement à une heure d’avion de Port Moresby. On s’y rend parfois pour changer d’air. Cette fois ci Wanda m’y a rejoint depuis Brisbane. Sommes restés quelques jours, histoire de reconnaître la région, rendre visite à des amis et assister à un concert de Léonard Cohen…

It is only a one hour flight from Port Moresby to Cairns. We sometimes go there for a change of air. This time Wanda joined me from Brisbane. We spent a few days in the region, traveling around, visiting friends and attending a Leonard Cohen concert.

20131123_094900Cairns market / le marché

20131123_094917very colorful / très coloré

IMG_1387mouthing of the Daintree river / embouchure du fleuve Daintree




We did not see any. But they were there, somewhere, hiding from us.

On n’en a pas vu. Mais ils étaient la, cachés quelque part


The cassowaries (IPA: /,kæsɵwæri/) are ratites (flightless birds without a keel on their sternum bone) in the genus Casuarius native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia.[2] There are three extant species recognized today. The most common of these, the Southern Cassowary, is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.

Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food including shoots, grass seeds, andfungi in addition to invertebrates and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries to dogs and people, although fatalities are extremely rare.

470px-Jurong_Southern_Cassowary copyCassowary (photo courtesy Wipikedia)

IMG_1399Cape Tribulation

IMG_1404Noah Beach



IMG_1403a reminder, be carefull

IMG_1426Daintree rainforest

IMG_1432Cape Kimberley – dancing and protecting against the sandflies (a true invasion)

IMG_1434Cape Kimberley

IMG_1439crossing the Daintree River / traversée du fleuve Daintree

1459232_10152018873014346_1430990586_nPort Douglas, with Helene and Michael


IMG_1443Baron Falls revisited

IMG_1445-2Mer de Corail et environs de Cairns / Coral Sea and Cairns surroundings

IMG_1448With Grazyna and Andrzej, in their amazing garden



Leonard Cohen in Cairns20131126_202630Great concert, he gave everything he had (as usual) / Fabuleux concert, il a tout donné (comme toujours)


I know you don’t see much on the photo. Just trying to share the feeling /photo pas terrible, je sais. C’est juste pour donner one idée de l’ambiance



May 15, 2011

23-27 April 2011

Easter in Cairns

We spent the Easter long week end in Palm Cove, just outside Cairns, in tropical Queensland (2000km North of Brisbane – 2 hours flight). We spent 5 nights at the Sea Temple resort, on the beach. Lovely place and beautiful weather. Our Brisbane friends Basia and Chris and their son Gabriel there as well. We took profit of our stay to visit the surroundings.

Palm Cove Beach 

Beach “character” enjoying the sunset, he insisted to be photographed, appeared to be of Dutch origin, was born in Dordrecht, migrated to Australia with his parents at the age of 5, still speaks some Dutch

beautiful frog, in hotel backyard

on the way to Port Douglas

Wanda, Chris, Basia

Stings are a problem in the summer, it is dangerous to enter the water during that period of time.  Nothing is ever perfect, there always must be a twist somewhere… No problem for those who don’t swim…

Pebbly Beach

Interdiction d’emporter des galets

Northern nail-tail walliby (Onychogalea unguifera) – Port Douglas zoo

Tree-kangaroo (Drendolagus)

Port Douglas – Michael, Wanda, Helen, Basia and Gabriel

Michael and Helen are friends of Wanda. They live in Port Douglas. Wanda knows Michael since many years, from the time he was in Europe.

Michael, Wanda and Helen

Michael and Helen own and operate Radio Port Douglas 107.1 & 90.9 FM. The radio has a limited reach but they also broadcast on Internet. Check on this radio if you wish. They play excellent music and they also have live talkshows in the morning. 

Port Douglas Beach

Skyrail, Rainforest Cableway – runs from Caravonica (outside Cairns) to Kuranda

Kauri Pine – growing to 50 metres the kauri is the tallest tree species in Queenslands / pouvant atteindre 50 mètres de hauteur, le kauri est le plus grand arbre du Queensland 

Jaburgay Bulmba (Country)

Barron Falls (from skyrail)

Barron Falls (from the other side of the valley)

Wanda, Chris and Gabriel


Kalundra – the  most beautiful public toilet I ever saw / les plus beaux WC publics que j’aie jamais vu



The Undara Lava Tubes

One hundred and ninety thousand years ago the earth trembled, the sky darkened and flaming foutains of lava bathed the land in a firey glow. Undara had awoken. Wave after wave of molten lava spewed from the crater and flowed across the land incinerating everything in its path. Toes of lava, searching out fro easy ways to flow, found their way into the low contours of the land, forming rivers of molten rock which wound their way across the now blackened landscape.

The air begun to cool the surface changing it from scarlet to a sullen crimson and finally to a solid black crust. Underneath the lava continued to flow. Now insulated from the surrounding cooler environment, the lava continued to flow beneath the surface in the lava tube carying it further and further from the carter, flooding more and more land as it went.

The eruption slowed then stopped. The lava flowed out the far end of the tubes, leaving hollow tunnels hidden below the devastated land.

Undara means a long way in Aboriginal language. One of the lava flows from Undara extends more than 160kms making it the longest lava flow on planet Earth from a single volcanic crater in modern geological time: one tube formed by the flow extended about 100kms and some sections are accessible.