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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The CBD circuit in Cairns

After having a short rest back at the hotel I set off in the afternoon to see what lay at the other end of the promenade. It didn't go on more than a few hundred metres when the pathway beside the sea ended in mangroves and dense forest. Then I noticed a sign pointing the way to an 8.4km circuit around Cairns as part of their keep active programme so I just followed the signs. It led me across a level crossing

Down a narrow path

and then I saw a sign for the Botanic gardens.

I can never resist gardens so I made a detour from the walk and made my way into the gardens.

 I've never seen spider's webs like these. They just went on and on. Now of course, at home, spiders are quite harmless creatures unless you are an insect but here in Aus I wasn't too sure so I didn't want to get too close.

 I did see some plants I had never seen. Unfortunately I didn't make a note of their names and needless to say I can't remember.

To get an idea of the size of this one I tried to photograph myself next to it

I continued the walk around the gardens and then along a boardwalk through a rain forest before joining the cicular walk around Cairns. By the time I returned to the hotel I felt exhausted but elated that I had managed to see so much of Cairns in one day.


  1. Gosh, that purplish flower is huge and so are the spiderwebs! xx

  2. Oh My---one of these days we hope to get to Australia... Cairns looks like a gorgeous area... Thanks for sharing.

    Cold here this week... We've had a fire in the fireplace all week... LOVE it.

  3. I seem to remember reading somewhere that there are very dangerous spiders in Oz... careful!

    And that flower is HUGE!!!

  4. I just read all your posts, what a wonderful trip you have and it looks so sunny and warm ! I have to go there too another place to add on my travel list !

  5. The animals are so different from the ones you know and many of them are dangerous, like the spiders indeed. People are very aware of the dangers in Australia, we had really got used to it when we were there. We were rather lighthearted, but were warned to take warnings seriously.

  6. Wow that'll is a great effort on foot in the Heat. The gardens are great.


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