Mum and I are escaping the confines and drudgery of day to day domesticity and daily routines and are jetting off on a little adventure. That’s right – in the wee hours of Wednesday morning we’re jetting off to Cairns in Far North Queensland to visit my daughter who is now living and working there.
I haven’t seen my daughter since June when she and I went to Melbourne to see the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child production as our birthday gift to each other. You can see a bit about that in my Taking Stock – June 2019 post.
I’ve decided to go up for a visit in early September before it starts to get too hot up there. Anyone who knows me knows that heat, humidity and me do not mix well. Mum is the same and in fact, so is my daughter! It will be interesting to see how she copes with the coming Cairns summer! At the moment though, Cairns is having maximums of 28°C and minimums of around 16°C which I should be able to manage AOK, hopefully!
We have a day trip to Kuranda booked and I can’t wait! We’ll be taken by bus from our hotel to the Kuranda Rail Station and then enjoy the 2 hour journey to Kuranda traversing dense rainforest, winding past rugged mountains, tumbling waterfalls and the stunning Barron Gorge. When in Kuranda we can enjoy its vibrant arts community and the local markets that are open daily selling a range of jewellery, leather goods and Aboriginal art. There are also bookshops, galleries and boutiques lining the village streets and a variety of cafes to choose from for lunch. We’ll be heading back via a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, including two stops at viewing stations along the way, where you can enjoy a firsthand view of the rainforest, following purpose-built boardwalks. Then we’ll be bussed back to our hotel.
I’m hoping we’ll see some of the beautiful butterflies renown to Far North Queensland, including the gorgeous Cairns Birdwing Butterfly pictured above and the stunning Ulysses butterfly.
We’ll also be doing a little sightseeing to places such as Port Douglas and Palm Cove and of course I can’t wait to check out my daughters apartment where she is living. It’s a short trip (4 nights) but I think we’ll manage to see quite a bit in that time.
As you can see, I’ll be a little preoccupied so won’t be blogging to the regular schedule this week! In fact, no posts after this one will be published until next week and no blog posts will be read and commented on by me after today (though I will of course respond to any comments not yet responded to when I return).
I will be switching off and having a bit of a digital detox and boy do I need it! I will of course still be posting to Instagram. I say ‘of course’ because I will be in such a beautiful part of the world and I will want to share it, and being the visual person that I am, Instagram is my favourite social media platform. So keep watch on my Instagram (main feed and my stories) and what I post there will also feed through to my Facebook and Twitter.
Have a wonderful week!
Ciao for now