Gigantic estuarine crocodiles at Cairns Tropical Zoo
I spent about six weeks total in Cairns, mostly working with teens at language schools but also doing a fair amount of hiking and other activities with a Meetup group, which as usual was filled with lovely, happy people. I was also fortunate because the school programs I was teaching for combined classroom hours with excursions, so I got to go on trips like taking the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and visiting the Cairns Tropical Zoo – and get paid for the pleasure! It was certainly a departure from my typical budget-minded sightseeing style, and I was glad to be able to see so much.
It’s hard to believe my time there is over. Six weeks is the longest I’ve spent in one place in a long time, and it actually started to feel a bit like home. Of course it’s the nature of the traveler to move on, and my next Australian adventure lies in the Northern Territory!
These cockatoos gathered on the trees outside a shopping mall near my home in Cairns – they were equal parts beautiful, creepy, and funny!
My first snake sighting in Australia!
The view over Cairns from White Rock, a very pleasant hiking spot
The Copperlode Dam in Cairns
The lookout from the Copperlode Dam
Greenery at the amazing Cairns Botanic Gardens
Another plant at the gardens
A yet more…
The view of Barron Falls from the Skyrail lookout deck
Posing with a curtain fig at Lake Barrine
The view of Lake Barrine from the walking trail
Wallabys at the Cairns Tropical Zoo
Turning a corner on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
Look toward the back of the train
Crossing the impressive Stony Creek Falls Bridge
Barron Falls with the Kuranda train in the background