Thursday, 27 January 2011

Went for a wander...

…on Australia Day to Kuranda which is in the heart of the rainforest and about 20 mins up an incredibly steep and winding road from where I live. It’s very much a village that originally started out as a hippy retreat 40 years ago and then became commercial…as all hippies do. I strolled around aimlessly as you do when you have a day off. Kuranda of course also caters to the overseas tourist market with all things Aussie from fine pearls to toy Kangaroos and cane toad purses. While it is catering to the almighty dollar, American fast food chain conglomerates have not infiltrated it yet. It still retains it's village like atmosphere. Let’s hope it stays that way.

I had my tarot read as I do when I’m Kuranda. It’s the same bloke. He’s quite interesting. I’m fascinated by people and the things they believe and the spirits that speak to them. I was quite floored by the accuracy of several things he said to me as they were only things I would know. Spooky.

Day off? Go for a wander and see what’s in your own backyard.

Top pic – yes, it’s odd. At first I thought it was a plane that had crashed into the rainforest of Queensland during WW2 as many did in those days. But no, it’s a US plane from WW2 called Geronimo that was decommissioned after the war and someone said – ‘let’s get a crane and plonk that old aircraft in Kuranda.' Gotta’s love bizarre ideas.

Bottom pic – on the road trip down the mountain. I hate heights but I stopped and took this one. It’s looks off towards the northern beaches of Cairns.

Okay…that’s enough useless knowledge for one day…

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Anny Cook said...

Gorgeous pictures! Glad you had a nice day!