Queensland is much less popular on TE than New South Wales or Victoria. And who goes to Cairns??? it is very far from anywhere - from Brisbane it is more that 1700 km by road or train and there are no other towns around. But it is no problem for Itchy Feet:)
Cairns is very attractive and the trips from there are really worth doing. One day we went to Kuranda. Fantastic excursion and easy to make. First you take Scenic Railway. [The tropical gardens Kuranda rail station are a well-known attraction in the area. Downhill the line cuts through the Barron Gorge National Park. The tourist train stops at a lookout, with a sweeping view of Barron Falls. A number of smaller waterfalls are passed, including Stoney Creek Falls, just metres from the train.
As the train travels up and down, a detailed commentary of the railway's construction is provided.]. On the way back you can take Skyrail [Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a scenic cableway running above the Barron Gorge National Park from the Cairns suburb of Caravonica to Kuranda, Queensland]. It is even more fun when you go just above the tops of the tropical trees. You can feel like a bird.
There are stops for observing Barron Gorge Falls. I was in dry season so there was not so much water. But I was struck by the rock down the falls. Doesn't it look like huge head?
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snunney (72716) 2013-06-05 1:33
It does indeed look like a giant head this strange shaped rock. Well observed and nicely captured under a good light.
lousat (64197) 2013-06-05 1:49
Hi Malgo,the perfect for who suffer of vertigos like me..ehehe..but really an original and unique scenery,what a corner,a jump in the beautiful nature of Queensland,great details and colors,a bit overxposed the water and the leaves below.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (45441) 2013-06-05 5:03
Dommage que l'eau au fond de la cuvette ait cette couleur pas très agréable car ce qui l'entoure est superbe. Un point de vue qui donne le vertige.
mkamionka (27073) 2013-06-05 5:27
Raz o malo nie pojechalem do Cairns. Byla tam konferencja ktora mnie interesowala i mialem na to nawet wystarczajacy budget ale mojemu przelozonemu (Polakowi w Irlandii) nie podobal sie ten pomysl, no wiec pojechalem do San Francisco.
Niesamowita kompozycja troche mozna sie pogubic gdzie co jest -takie wlasnie lubie najbardziej.
Nieziemskie kolory, formacje skalne i nawet jakas inna niz typowa roslinnosc. To musiala byc wyjatkowa podroz.
dta (56664) 2013-06-05 9:54
hello Maélgorzata ,
May be some little problem of overexposure on the left . But this is a stunning and impressive plunging view . And we can see a head , no doubt . A close frmaing of the rock could have been interesting , too .
Silvio1953 (105527) 2013-06-05 12:41
Ciao Malgorzata, lovely composition with fantastic rock formation, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ChrisJ (91286) 2013-06-06 1:26
Been there done that. That's Barron Falls at left from the train. Good sharpness and punchy light contrasts & yes I can see the resemblance to a human head. The umbrella trees at right are a favourite of parrots that like the fermented juice and end up slightly drunk! Tfs!
ikeharel (44023) 2013-06-06 2:15
Marvelous view on the unique earth formation, Malgo, looks as worth the long trip made.
Fine view to the depth of the gorge, with one giant "jaw" on side.
Nature's intriguing location.
marabu61 (5867) 2013-06-06 4:56
Now that really looks like a giant head here, it got as big a nose as I have :-)
I really like your note here with some really good information for a trip of the beaten path. If ever I make it to Australia I will keep that in mind.
have a good day
Matthew-Watt (6037) 2013-07-04 5:43
Lovely photo of far North Queensland. I am glad you made it to this region, and hopefully onto the reef for a snorkel or a dive. I went here again last year, it is so beautiful and scenic. In the wet season the volume of water here is huge, covering most of this cliff face. It's a great day trip to ride the train and skyrail. Well done, a great visit. Did you see the butterflies in Kuranda?