August 14th - 21th, 2010, the Whole Family in Cairns, Queensland ...

As we quickly changed our holiday from Phuket to Cairns, we "Germans" met at Brisbane Airport with Jared to fly together to Cairns.
 

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We arrived on Saturday afternoon in Cairns, checked in our central hotel and relaxed a bit ... in the evening we strolled downtown ... here a nice fountain in the night ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and had dinner in a restaurant ... not too good the food, but everybody enjoyed it (somehow ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). After an early night, we decided to have a relaxed day at the pool ... here the three girls having stress ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Some photo experiments ... Cynthia coming out of the water ... needs some practising (taking the photo!) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Monday, we had our first big tour out to the Great Barrier Reef. Fantastic weather (27 degrees, that what they call winter), water temperature at 24 degrees ... i. e. just warm enough for Cynthia ;-) ... here Jared and Carola getting prepared for jumping into the water and for snorkeling ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... Natasha jumping in ... followed by Claudia ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). It was a fantastic experience ... if you had never done it before (like Cynthia, Jared and Natasha) or again (like the rest) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). That night we had a really good dinner at a local Pizza restaurant ... in the middle of the esplanade ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). After another relaxing day at the pool (watching fast birds sipping water from it) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we decided to follow a suggestion of Jared to go Bowling after dinner ... here the man in full action ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We had a lot of fun, Cynthia had her usual series of strikes and it was a good time!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next big tour was the scenic train to Kuranda, which we took from Cairns station ... here in full length at the start of the slope ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... with some fantastic views of the coast ... here towards Cairns ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... typical outfit for working up there ;-))
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... just all these bloody tourists were annoying ;-) ... here at a stop in-between ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We followed all the Japanese tourists and got our photo taken ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here clearly to be seen, that some members are mentally on the level of 5-6 year olds ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). In Kuranda itself, we were starving for some real food ... so we went to the German Tucker ... a real nice guy from Cologne ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... had an original German wheat beer ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and all of us with the "bratwursts" ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On the way back we used the skyrail ... slowly moving over the rainforest ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... with two stops in-between to have a closer look at nature ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... where this ape was coming from we don't know ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The evening we finished off with a dinner at the hotel, which was underwhelming but at least overpriced ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day we hired a car and drove North to Palm Cove for breakfast ... and then headed for Hartleys crocodile farm ... we first jumped on a boat to watch live feeding ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... amazing how high they can get out of the water ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here the designated smoking area of this park ... super!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On the way to the next feeding show we saw this hyper-active Koala scratching ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and then more feeding ... food between the jaws and then ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We found some wallabies ... Natasha here (in the background) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here another baby ... sleeping in mummy's arms ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On we went by car ... and on the way to the Atherton Tablelands we found a tropical fruit winery ... sign says "No it's not sweet and sticky" ... we didn't know, that wine from tropical fruits is being produced at all ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). we had another stop at an amazing fig tree ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and stopped again at lake Tinaroo to watch the sundown ... here with a swarm of birds flying by ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... Jared found a new friend there to play with ... the fisherman's dog ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and another nice impression of the sundown there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On Friday we had another "unbusy" day ... and we finshed that off with some drinks in the hotel ...


Saturday we had to pack and made our way to the airport. It was not easy this time to say good-bye to Jared. Everybody safely arrived at home. A memorable holiday!