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Cruise Diary: Day 1 at Cairns, Australia

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy these photos from their visit to Cairns, Australia.

Cairns is pronounced like “Kaenz”. Al and I decided to have a leisurely morning on the Volendam taking photos from the ship today just in case the following day was overcast. Then we would take a leisurely walk into Cairns to see the central part of the city. Today Cairns is the international gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Al and I first visited Cairns on our way to the Great Barrier Reef 24 years ago. We flew from LAX directly to Cairns. Cairns was originally visited by Captain Cook in 1770 when he sailed into Trinity Bay on Trinity Sunday. Cairns became a northern port to serve the gold miners during the gold rush in northern Queensland. Cairns later became a major port for sugar cane, gold and other agricultural goods from the tablelands above Cairns. Today it is the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. – Sharon and Al Johnson

Me on the Volendam overlooking Trinity Inlet. Several marinas are located on Trinity Inlet. There is construction being done to connect the ship port to the Esplanade Boardwalk facing the Coral Sea.

This was our view of Cairns from the upper deck of the Volendam. Note the covered walkways. We are here at the end of the dry season. It is around 80 degrees, but it feels hotter than that because of the humidity. There was a trade wind blowing which made it sort of pleasant to walk along the boardwalk. During the rainy season there would be days when there would be torrential downpours.

This is a photo of me in front of the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. The sculpture is called the “Lovers”. It is based on an Aboriginal tale about “Lyndhik, the Moon” and “Wini’henh, the Star” and how the two lovers ended up in the sky.

The photo below is a sculpture derived from the sea anemone. The Aborigines used similar traps to catch fish on the reefs. We walked along Trinity Inlet past the Marinas to reach the boardwalk.

Al in front of a monument depicting the Olympic Torch Relay from Greece to Melbourne. It was the longest torch relay at that time in 1956.

One of two guns placed in a battery overlooking Cairns during World War II.

Seagulls on the Cairns Mudflats.

Seagulls on the Cairns Mudflats.

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