Hi. Well – my two weeks of leave finished yesterday.
Today’s a public holiday and back on deck tomorrow. It has been a much-needed and much-appreciated break. Almost five months since the last real break in early April (in USA).
The last week has been a memorable 0ne; as Dale and I have accompanied Dale’s U.S. sister Diana and brother-in-law Tom to Cairns and then back at our home in Tarragindi, Brisbane.
Last Monday, Diana, Tom, Dale and I headed at pre-dawn to Brisbane Airport en route to Cairns – base camp: the Whitfield home of special friends, Jan and Glenn. They are such wonderful hosts. By nature of frequent flyer points used, Dale and I needed to make the trip north in two legs – BNE to Townsville, then by Dash 8 prop plane on to Cairns.
The Northern Beaches (aka “the beaches” ) of Cairns are so beautiful, so we took Jan and Glenn out to dinner (as an advanced thank-you) at Palm Cove’s Reef House restaurant. Beaut meal at a lovely spot.
Tuesday morning, I drop off Dale, Tom and Diana off at Cairns Central train station – they are off to Kuranda via the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. I’ll pick them up two hours later there. Meanwhile, I drive to Trinity Beach, my all-time favourite beach location.
We spend the rest of the day checking out Barron Falls (lovely raised boardwalk), have lunch in Mareeba, drive through Atherton and Yungaburra, swim in Lake Eacham, enjoy devonshire teas at Lake Barrine before our stomachs all successfully negotiating the 200+ bends on the Gillies Highway east to Gordonvale south of Cairns. Here are some of the day’s images.
Wednesday is our Daintree/Port Douglas Day. It proves a great day. We scrap Breakfast with the Birds/Wildlife Habitat (Dale and I have been there many times previously), have breakfast at – you’ve guessed it – Trinity Beac, and via the wonderfully scenic Captain Cook Highway that hugs the coast for some time, we head to Mossman Gorge. Mossman Gorge – these days comanaged by the local aboriginal people and the Queensland Government is such a great place to visit. We all enjoy it. Brings back memories of when we’d take our boys there in the late 1990s for swims there.
We spend over three hours at Mossman Gorge, then head to Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas, firstly getting lunch from Mocka’s Pies. Lunch over, we drive to the lookout before heading Cairnswards, stopping for a late afternoon swim at “my beach”. Another great day – in some of the beautiful parts of God’s world.
Thursday was pre-booked as our Green Island/Reef day. After a slower start to the day (great!) and some trouble finding parking – well, more a case of finding some $2 coins for our long term parking, we head off around 11 to Green Island. Dale had never been there previously. We had a great weather, I enjoyed the glass-bottom boat experience (coral and tropical fish), the boardwalk thr0ugh the National Park and a relaxing swim, followed by some time on an umbrella-atopped beach chair. Nice.
After five great days in Cairns, we all head back to Brisbane later afternoon.
Saturday, after heading to Mt Cootha for breakfast and great views of the city and then a brief foray into Dale’s school; under glorious Brisbane spring skies, we head to Southbank and take the CityCat loop – upstream to the University of Qld campus and then upstream to Hamilton. Much longer than planned, but worth it.
Sunday – last day of my holidays, we invite members of the MacGregor family to our place for an extended brunch. Once again, superb weather and a really enjoyable time. The first opportunity for some of my folks to meet two more of their U.S. relations.
Much more I could share. We’ve done, taken-in, experienced, savoured much these past two+ weeks.
I look forward to getting back into ministry tomorrow.
blessings – David