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Cairns Tours (Tjapukai, Kuranda, Sky Train, Scenic Rail)

Tour Day This day was one of the tours we booked: a tour of Tjapukai, the Aborigine cultural center followed by the sky train over the rainforest to Kuranda, poking around the town there, then a train through the mountains back to Cairns. Tjapukai The cultural centre offers a variety of experiences and learning opportunities … Continue reading »

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School Holiday in Cairns

Landing late at night we found the hotel we booked several weeks ago had us in a small room with two single beds rather than the suite with kitchenette we originally booked. With no other rooms available we spent an uncomfortable night and headed off in the morning to find another place. We did end … Continue reading »

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Second School Break

Before flying to Cairns for the second school break we spent a few days with another exchange family in Newcastle. They started their exchange in June of 2013 and were preparing to head home after their year here. Part of the visit included a Canada Day celebration with the friends they met there. Was a … Continue reading »

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Aussie Picnic Areas & the Pilliga Bora

  One thing we have come to love about travelling in Australia is the abundance of rest stops and picnic areas. Not only do they have covered picnic benches, but there is likely to be a free-to-use electric cooking surface. Not quite the flame grills we have at home, but a solid flat stainless steel … Continue reading »

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Term Two Weekends on Teaching Exchange

Since we returned from New Zealand we have enjoyed some weekend outings around home: some hikes on different trails in the Warrumbungles, a day trip to Dubbo to get some soccer shoes for Carlen and treat ourselves to a restaurant meal, and a couple quiet weekends at the house. Here is an album of pictures … Continue reading »

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