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Tropical North Queensland with stop-overs in Cairns and Townsville

During February 2007 'Alexandra' is anchored on the Baron River in front of the capital of 'Tropical North Queensland' Cairns. A tourist destination with many hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. In the morning a fleet of luxury motorboats leave the piers for one of more day's trips to the islands close to shore and to the outer reefs. Also busses, campervans and cars head north to the rainforests near Cape Tribulation or the higher grounds of the Atherton Tablelands.

We hire a campervan and visit the Cape Tribulation National Park with several very interesting and beautiful walks. In the Tablelands we taste the fresh coffee and tea on the premises of the plantations themselves. We try to find platypuses, feed rock wallaby's and make some more unexpected and pleasant walks. Back on board we see in two weeks time three huge cruise ships coming up the river to Cairns where they moor along the jetty near the Casino annex wildlife zoo (in the dome of the casino).

With very light winds we sail south with a beautiful stop-over in ZoŽ Bay on Hinchinbrook Island, the most southerly area with rainforest. To reach the waterfall at ZoŽ Bay you have to watch the crocodiles while crossing the stream. Magnetic Island is situated close to the shore of Townville with wide and beautiful views from the commander post and the former signal house, both parts of the military basis in WWII. Till close after Easter we are moored in the Breakwater marina in Townsville and from there we head further on south (Whitsunday islands).

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