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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

End of Summer Serenade. Fifteen Minute Day Trip to Cairns Australia.

Your chance of visiting Cairns in Australia's Tropical  North  Queensland  are  greater than your chances  of getting to Brooklyn New York. While millions of Americans visit the Big Apple they visit Manhattan and skip Brooklyn. Going to Australia is on everybody's wish list and the Great Barrier Reef is a major attraction which means you will probably fly to Cairns the Reef's largest city. Now is a good time to get acquainted. 

If the City's name sounds familiar there are a couple of reasons why. On June 28th 2011 Michigan resident Ian Cole was left stranded 50 kilometers from land when his snorkel tour boat departed without him.  Luckily he was able to swim to another boat. The story was covered internationally and was a major source of information.That's how this writer discovered the blog. Fans of the  television show Survivor, may remember Survivor Australia which was filmed within an three hour drive  of Cairns. The show featured two Michigan residents, 40 year old  Kieth Famie of West Bloomfield and Michaekl Skupin 38, of White Lake Michigan. The latter was injured  in the fifth episode of the show and flown to Cairns for medical treatment.

In addition to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the gateway to the Daintree  Rain Forest,  which like the Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site. The Cairns/Cape Tribulation Peninsula is the only area of the world where two natural World Heritage sites meet. The terrain is rugged and to get the to the tip of Cape Tribulation four wheel drive is must and sometimes not enough. The Tour Bus in the above video was trying make way for another vehicle when it went in the ditch. A passing land rover saved the day. The next video presents a more subdued way to enjoy the rain forest. You will also hear the locals pronounce Cairns the local way. It's not "Karns". It's "Cans" is not by any means a travel blog. It presents a side of Cairns and North Queensland  tourists never see.  That would be the nitty gritty, in your face no holds barred, world of Aussie politics, where sentiments are sometimes expressed in barnyard language.  Like a dip in the Great Barrier Reef  you  have to plunge right in and be rewarded with a dazzling display of issues, ideas, personalities and critiques.  Some issues effect only Cairns others seem to cover a wider area. Of course you know not what. Your not supposed to get it. Like the big reef it's alive and lively. Blogwise it is unlike anything else in Australia. Next Stop Paris France !

From the above which appeared in the cairnsblog, I gather that term limits are recommended.

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