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We visited Cairns in 2013 while on a circumnavigation cruise of Australia. 

 

On the first of two sea days, while sailing from Darwin to Cairns - we ended up having to turn back and get closer to the shore, so that medical emergency patient could be evacuated by helicopter. 

 

Prior to the arrival of the helicopter, all access to the outer decks was restricted to staff only and they had to prepare the helipad for accepting the helicopter. Coverage of what was happening was available on the cabin tv’s.

 

Some snaps from our tv.

 

Loading the patient.
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The crew reinstalling the railing around the helipad and bringing a mast up from temporary storage under the pad.
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There was also a fixed wing plane providing escort to the helicopter. Picture was taken from our balcony while it was circulating the ship.

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Overall, this event caused a delay of some 12 hours and even sailing at an increased speed for the next day and a half, we didn’t arrive in the Cairns area until midday, rather then the scheduled 7am arrival time.

 

The ship we were on was too large to dock in Cairns, so we were tendered into a small dock in Yorkey’s Knob, which is a coastal suburb of Cairns. It is approximately 13 km north of the centre of Cairns and adjacent to the Barron Falls/Kuranda area.
 

With such a late arrival there was a mad rush to get some of the reef excursions underway. The reefs were several hours away and in talking with some of the people that did go, I guess they didn’t manage to get much swimming in, as they were there for less then an hour before having to return to the ship. On top of that, there was a major cyclone passing north of Australia, which resulted in constant squalls passing through and causing very heavy seas.

 

We had to wait for more then an hour for the excursions to get underway before we could get tendered in.
 

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The Skyrail gondola only a short shuttle ride from the dock, so we decided to take a ride on it up to Kuranda.

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There are several stops along the way where you can get off and take in some of the sights and information displays.

 

The Barron Gorge Hydro-Electrical Station.
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The Personnel Trolley.

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The Flying Fox.

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One of the walkways through the local forest.

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Crossing the Barron River power plant reservoir.

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After a short visit of Kuranda, we took the train into Cairns.

 

As several people have already posted excellent pictures of the train ride and downtown Cairns, I’ll just add a couple more. 

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Thanks to Rich @richwmnfor the Daily, to @rafinmd Roy, for the care and celebration lists, and to everyone contributing to make this daily thread such a friendly place to visit.

I am very fond of Whitebait fritters, but DH is not a fan.  One day when we stopped for lunch in Oamaru, Whitebait sandwiches were available, an easy decision for my lunch! 

We have been to Cairns, the photos bring back good memories, thankyou.

@rafinmd Roy, how long will your journey be tomorrow,  and for your return on Sunday?  

Safe travelling, enjoy your reunion.

 

Rain  while I was out for my walk this morning, occasional showers since.Our temperature today is 7 C .

Stay safe, take care everyone.

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11 hours ago, lcand1923 said:

I’m not a regular poster, but am a regular reader of the Daily.

 

 I am heading to the airport for a flight to Italy where I will be boarding a Uniworld vessel for a cruise out of Venice.  This past week has been an adventure trying to determine EXACTLY what is needed to enter Italy and then to re-enter the US.  I’ve sent emails to Family and Friends letting them know about my trip.  I feel that the folks on the Daily are now among my circle of friends.

 

I will try to read the Daily while I am gone so I can continue prayers for all those who need them.  I doubt that I will find the time to post.  Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Bon Voyage, wishing you safe travelling, and a fabulous cruise.

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2 hours ago, rafinmd said:

What's your county's population?  Our worst county has a population of 900K and about 175 cases per day.  Maryland is 6 million with 1330 new cases today.

 

Roy

Allegheny County's population is about 1.2 million people.

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7 hours ago, erewhon said:

@rafinmd Roy, how long will your journey be tomorrow,  and for your return on Sunday?  

Safe travelling, enjoy your reunion.

 

About 2 hours nonstop today but I'll probably spend some time at my College Campus adding another half hour or so to my drive time.  About 5 1/2 hours Sunday nonstop.

 

Roy

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14 hours ago, rafinmd said:

About 2 hours nonstop today but I'll probably spend some time at my College Campus adding another half hour or so to my drive time.  About 5 1/2 hours Sunday nonstop.

 

Roy

 

Thanks for your reply.

 Safe.travelling.

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