Friday, June 6, 2014

Cairns: Friday, May 6, 2014:

This morning we drove into the heart of Cairns to the railroad station.  It was here that we boarded the Kuranda Scenic Railway for an hour ride to the top of the ridge and to the tourist town of Kuranda.  This railway was built in the 1800’s for travel for the miners.  Simply building the railway was a tremendous feat in those years.  There are many bridges and 14 tunnels.  It was a lovely ride, going by water falls, gorges, and simply a ride on the train.  At places you could see the valleys below, valleys that grew lots of sugar cane, field after field.

More Sugar Cane

Kuranda scenic Train

Stoney Creek Falls Bridge

Stoney Creek Falls
Kuranda is a little town with lots of shops and places to eat.  After walking around, we returned by train, as the Skyrail is currently out of order – a 5 yr. maintenance program and we caught that time period.        

Barron Falls Dam

Scenic View Toward Cairns

This evening we spent with our hostess.  She had an American friend and a British friend over to meet us with a glass of wine and some cheese. 

Storm Clouds Gathering Over the Beach

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