Secondly, to explain the 12 hour travel day we had. Cairns is a 5 1/2 hour direct flight from Auckland, its actually quite a long way away! We left Auckland at 7am, had to be at the airport two hours before that !!! We were doing 'cheap' flights so traveled by air to Brisbane, Australia which was a 3 1/2 hour flight. Then had a 4 hour wait in Brisbane before our next 2 1/2 hour flight to Cairns. It was the longest day ever and I will not be doing that again!!!
Anyway . . . Day Two in Cairns. We went to Port Douglas, about 40 minutes North of Cairns. Gorgeous drive, lovely beaches and scenery.
We went to Habitat which is a bird sanctuary. I have to be honest and say "I hate birds". Well maybe not hate, but they terrify me and they know it! I have some harrowing bird stories!!
Habitat was cool though, the birds were well fed and just sat on their branches and did not dive bomb or swoop down at me. Many birds had the most beautiful colours and I did have urges to do a bit of 'feather plucking' for future craft projects!
There were other animals to enjoy such as the kangaroos and wallabies (little kangaroos) which free ranged. Here the Princess is feeding a wallaby.
This huge nest belongs to a stork. You can just see the one egg sitting in it.
We came across this beautiful little old church. I fell in love with it.
Inside was so cool and light, the window at the back opened onto the sea. As I was taking this photo a Chinese Junk sailed past!
We went to a cafe called Soul and Pepper for lunch. It really appealed to my sense of humor.
The trees were full of toy monkeys!
I liked this sign! I attended to the Princess at all times as I was not sure what the storage rates would be!
Food to die for, my seared prawn salad and we shared the huge platter of fresh fruit.
I bought the Princess quite a lot but hardly a thing for myself. Did get this cute heart though at a gorgeous little gift shop on the way back to Cairns.
There ends Day Two in Cairns Australia.
Belated Birds and Bonnets Swap Show and Tell
I participated in the Birds and Bonnet swap hosted by Beth and Karla. Thank you to the ladies who's panels I have received.
Beth whose gift wrapping is divinely unique, (much too unique to be shown to the world in general!) sent me an extra parcel of vintage wall paper and cards. Wallpaper of which I have not seen the likes before.