Thursday was the day to see some of the Great Barrier Reef. The trip was from Pt Douglas to Argincourt Reef.
Quicksilver was chosen as the best match for our needs.
Quicksilver at the wharf, 35 knot top speed.
Leaving Pt Douglas
Prawn Trawler returning to Pt Douglas as we headed out.
At the Quicksilver pontoon on Argincourt Reef.
Coral outcrop -tide was going out
Panoramic video underway.
Section of Argincourt Reef
On the pontoon
Semi-submersible on its way to the section of reef in the background.
View through semi-submersible windows.
White-tipped Reef Shark
Corals -recovering from a bleaching event in 2017.
Heading back to Pt Douglas
Coming into Pt Douglas
Dive boat returning to port.
It was a great day on the reef. One Crock enjoyed the ride back positioned at the bow, in the spray, only one knee was sunburnt but his “hair was a mess”!
Kuranda is a little town in the highlands not far from Cairns.
It was the Kuranda Railway up, and up, and up…..
Traditionally painted design on the loco.
It’s a very long train.
Round and round the bends we go.
there were scenic views …
Looking back towards Smithfield
View to the ocean
Waterfall beside the track
Can you see the man meditating?
The falls went under the bridge.
The man is in the Lotus Position looking very serene beside the falling water.
a market to visit and sculptures to enjoy in Kuranda…
Delicious Smoothies available here
Bench made from train wheels and rails
Each bin had a clever sculpture attached.
a ride in a gondola all the way down!
I’m not scared, I’m not scared, I’m NOT scared.
“Hope the cable maintenance is up to date.” Guess who?
The Two Crocks flew to Cairns last Monday, hired a car and drove to Pt Douglas so they were real tourists!
Rex’s Lookout between Cairns and Pt Douglas
The apartment block
View from the apartment balcony
Inside the apartment
Staghorn below the apartment
The Iron Bar Hotel – note the fascia, Mc Crossan St, Pt Douglas
Pt Douglas marina
Sunset looking from the apartment balcony
After a good night’s sleep they organized tours for Wednesday and Thursday then had a decadent snack at the Bakery before setting off to Cape Tribulation in the Daintree Rainforest.
Kulki Beach at Cape Tribulation
Unidentified beach with lovely atoll in the background.
On the Daintree River ferry.
Daintree River delta from the road to the ferry.
Rainforest view from the road to the ferry.
Called into Mossman Gorge on the way back to Pt Douglas.
Looking up the gorge.
It’s actually a long way down to the water from this lookout.
The only Cassowary seen.
Welcome to Mossman Gorge