16 Jan 2001
| Further North|
| North Of Cairns|
In December 1997 I was in Townsville, North Queensland for a few
days, so I decided to take the weekend in Cairns. Cairns would
have to be one of the best tourist places I've been to (not
that a tourist place is necessarily a good thing). With only
two days I didn't see much, but I did get out to the reef, which
was great, and do a few other things.
I drove from Cairns up the coast road to Port Douglas. This is
quite spectacular, although not really greatly different to the
coastal scenery around Newcastle that I am accustomed to. The
main difference is the flat ocean water courtesy of the reef.
It provides the illusion of great swimming water, but in
practice it can be dangerous due to the presence of the
potentially fatal box jellyfish close to the coast. The reef
and islands are not affected by the jellyfish.
| Port Douglas|
Port Douglas itself is a small resort town about an hours drive
north of Cairns. It is at the northern point of the good roads,
and close to the start of the Daintree national park. Despite
the nearby Mirage Resort complex, there is still a relaxed feel to the
| Pebbly Beach|
On the way back to Cairns, I stopped at Pebbly beach. The claim
to fame for this place is that the beach is made up of white
stones. North Queensland beaches are normally have quite yellow
sand, and Cairns itself only has a mudflat. The white from the
stones is then quite rare, although the stone converage is not
really as good overall as the photo suggests. Again, it is
dangerous to swim here for much of the year due to the jellyfish.
| Cairns at Dawn|
Shown here is a photo of Cairns at dawn, taken from the
mountains to the west of the city. At the time, I was looking
for a good sunrise view, so I started exploring for a good
vantage point while it was still dark. Unfortunately, the
clouds meant there was no colouring to the sunrise that day.
While taken in the mountains to the west of Cairns, there is
nothing particularly distinctive about the location of this
photo. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of North Queensland
is the Great Barrier Reef, but it is also the most difficult to
record on film. The reef doesn't look at all interesting from
the surface, and I don't have any underwater photos.
| To the West|
| A winding road.|
The mountainous territory to the west of Cairns is also
spectulacular. I didn't have time to travel into this district,
but this picture is looking westward, toward the Atherton