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Chantelle
02-23-2010, 08:26 PM
Hey everyone, in early February I flew up to Cairns with my sister and my Nana for a week's holiday. It was a great holiday, and I would like to share these photos with you. Bare with me though, there is alot of photographs to process through, and during the process I will post up a few photos from each event. :)

To start off...our flight up was fairly pleasant, and my Nana and I were very excited when we could see over the ocean, out of the plane's window, at the most beautiful sight of the Great Barrier Reef. I was then shocked into photograph mode.


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Iguanasan
02-23-2010, 08:48 PM
Neat images. I've only been on a plane once and it was foggy and cloudy the whole trip. I really didn't see the ground until we pretty much landed. These images give me an idea of what I might have seen. Thanks for sharing.

Mad Aussie
02-23-2010, 09:20 PM
It is a cool sight to see the reef from the air like this. I've seen it from a jet plane like these AND from a helicopter which was also neat.

Chantelle took loads of shots on this holiday, including snorkelling on the reef, visiting a Spanish Castle in a tropical jungle, train journey up a mountain range and a 'skyrail' journey back down again, so I imagine she is going to be adding lots more as the hours and days pass. :)

Bambi
02-23-2010, 09:58 PM
ooooh, a vicarious vacation!!! :clap: I can hardly wait!

Chantelle
02-24-2010, 01:31 AM
Day One

We landed in cairns and had a look around cairns city mall, it wasn't much.

Day Two

We got up nice and early ready for the Kuranda Train Railway ride. This took us up through some tunnels in the Great Dividing Range.

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The train slowed right down as we passed the Bridal Vale Falls so everyone had plenty of time to hang out the windows and take a photo! It would have been great if we had actually stopped here so we could get out to take photos (can't always get what you want though).

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Chantelle
02-24-2010, 01:33 AM
The train did however stop at Barron Falls. These are the biggest waterfalls I have seen in my life.

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AntZ
02-24-2010, 04:41 AM
Nice shots. I like the first Barron Falls shot as the water doesn't look as dirty as it does in the last one.

I've been on that train and the cable car. It was a great day, but quite a while ago now.

I can't wait to take a flight where I can take the DSLR. Lately all the flights I catch are for work on smallish planes with a 4kg cabin limit which my Laptop uses up, and I'm not putting the DSL in hold. I often watch the luggage handlers put the baggage on the plane and they are quite disdainful in the way the throw stuff around right in front of you.

Chantelle
02-25-2010, 04:35 PM
Nice shots. I like the first Barron Falls shot as the water doesn't look as dirty as it does in the last one.

Yea, thats only because you can't see the whole waterfall though :P

Chantelle
02-28-2010, 08:27 PM
We got off the Kuranda Train into the town of Kuranda. We had a beautiful lunch here before exploring the Kuranda markets and then going on the Skyrail back down the great dividing range.

Allyce, my sister and my Nana
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Bambi
02-28-2010, 08:38 PM
that sky ride looks like a lot of fun!

What is the pool shaped body of water in the last picture? Is it a resevoir?

Mad Aussie
02-28-2010, 08:48 PM
Not a reservoir ... I think that's a rowing lake. It's right next to the Skyrail Terminal.

Chantelle
03-04-2010, 10:03 PM
Yea not sure about the river, Mad aussie is prob right (hes always right) :wall-an:

These 2 images are from Red Peak, where we had to change over on the sky rail to continue going down the hill (otherwise if we didn't switch, we'd end up back at the top). There was a boardwalk here, very small one, but here's a couple of images form that.

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Chantelle
03-15-2010, 07:47 AM
Monday (our most excitable day we had)

We went to the Great Barrier Reef. Now there is lots and lots of good photos, but here are the best ones (which I thought were the best). These were taken with a hired underwater camera.

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Mad Aussie
03-15-2010, 07:02 PM
Gotta love the reef!

Bambi
03-15-2010, 09:29 PM
I love the underwater shots!! That's a dream of mine: to take underwater pictures. Of course I should learn to dive first :)

Greg_Nuspel
03-15-2010, 10:14 PM
Nice shots, makes me wish I was there.

Chantelle
03-16-2010, 01:34 AM
We were snorkling, I have never done it in the ocean before, I had played around with snorkles and flippers in the pool when I was younger though. It was absolutely fabulous, and you don't even need to be a good swimmer because the density in the water just makes you float.

JAS_Photo
03-16-2010, 03:54 AM
Those are beautiful, Chantelle!