At last - A TNQ holiday

Robin and I are now back from a wonderful week in the delightful city of Cairns in tropical north Queensland.

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View from our balcony - 2017

Our home for the week was the Hilton Hotel, situated on Trinity Inlet with a delightful view of the waterways and tropical forests beyond.

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Hilton Hotel Cairns - 2017 - 2017

The weather to be honest didn't exactly live up to Queensland's tourist promises, but fair to say it was MUCH better than Melbourne! The first couple of days we spent walking and becoming familiar with the many changes in Cairns since our last visit maybe 15 years ago.

As for highlights, the first was the food. Obviously seafood for me was a priority and I wasn't disappointed nor did I miss out! Prawns were a staple for me and they were uniformly fresh, expertly prepared and delicious!

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BBQ prawns at The Boatshed - 2017

The second highlight was the local coffee scene. Cairns has superb tap water, combined with trendy / hipster cafes made for excellent brews at many, many establishments around town. We didn't have to give up our coffee fix while travelling Excellent!

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Great place for cool coffee - 2017

The next highlight was a visit to the restored historic township of Herberton. Not normally my cup of tea, but Robin was keen and I was impressed. It is a huge property, 15 hectares or more from memory, with everything original AND catalogued. Many sites of this type have the words 'recreation' mock-up etc but I saw that on only one item in one of a thousand exhibits, each consisting of hundreds of items. The property is a credit to the owners, collectors and restorers involved. Not everything s 'new' in fact, that is the point it is all original and for many metal items (think cars, tractors, mining machinery etc) rust is now the winner but metal treatments have slowed down the decay.

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Antique car display - 2017

More to come.