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So the day started just before six when mum noticed me stirring and asked if I was awake. Hrmm. So got up and organised photos and posted my blog and crap.

Went down to breakfast and ate lots of naughty things and a few bits of fruit to make it look like I was at least pretending to be healthy.

Went for a little walk around the marina while waiting for our bus pickup.

At 8:30 lots of people were waiting for pickups by lots of different tour companies. Several came and went before the correct one did.

So we go driven up to the Kuranda Skyway station where we took the Skyway (Sky Train?) up the Barren Gorge. It was quite spectacular! Got out at the appointed places to have a walk around the rainforest and look out at the lookouts.  I'd love to see the falls during the rainy season - that would be amazing!

Arrived at Kuranda at around 11am. Walked along the waterfront up to the big road bridge, then up into the very hippy-ish markets. Found the Cassowary Cafe and had potato twisties and sat for a while and that took us up til about midday. Hrmm. Still three and a half hours to wait for our train back.

So walked through the tourist trap of stores and was a bit jaded by the whole thing. The Birdland would have been cool to go into, but they wanted $17 each which I thought was a bit steep.

So we just kept walking through the jungle. To be honest I was pretty tired from being hot and sweaty (have I ever mentioned how much I hate humidity?). So mum took me on a couple of jungle walks which were pleasant enough temperature-wise (if not humidity-wise) but ultimately a little boring.

Then we realised we'd be able to see the 2pm train going over a bridge, so went to go document that which was good.

Then back into town to look at the "main street" of tourist trap shops before *finally* getting onto the train at ~3:15pm.

The train ride was pretty cool. Some nice views of the spectacular gorge and a fairly leisurely trip down the hill.

Finally got picked up by the bus transfers a bit after 5pm, to take us back to our hotels.

Yeap. A super long, tiring day. I could easily have spent a couple of hours less in Kuranda and come back early (the 2pm train would have been ideal). Oh well.

Had a shower when I got back to the hotel (stoopid humidity) then we went down for dinner.

Met up with the rest of the people on the tour and had a lovely three course meal in the hotel restaurant. I had garlic prawns, pork belly and lemon meringue. It was all delicious. My only complaint was that the pork crackling wasn't crackling all over, only at the edges.

Then back up here to download photos, blog and wash my hair....

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I tried a new bus route today.  The drop off is a little closer to home than the other indirect bus I sometimes get, which would make for about a 23 minute trip - still faster than taking the bus the whole way home, plus I get a fifteen minute walk up the hill.  Although it took slightly longer today because I had to go kill a portal.

Here's some galahs we saw while out for a walk a few weeks ago.

Galahs

This had to be smashed, so the sweetie and I killed it all

Ingress Belconnen

Here's a bus being towed  (!!)

Bus being towed

And here's a warm lamb Greek salad.  There was leftover roast lamb that needed eating, so fried that up to get it scrumptious, then mixed it with greek seasoning, olives, fetta, capsicum and cucumber.  It was delicious.

Greek salad

Greek salad

Seriously.  It's the best time of the year.  In Sydney it meant quieter roads and less traffic.  In Canberra it means a quiet and peaceful bus trip.  My bus this morning had two whole people on it when it got to my stop, instead of the usual 30 or so noisy kids. 

Bliss!!!
Someone must have pointed out the idiocy of cancelling all the Northern Suburbs -> City buses, and have retained some of them during peak hour.  So I was very excited this morning.  Although the map page suggests it might only be during the morning peak which worries me, as then how are you going to get home again?  Whether this is just an omission on the map or in the timetable I'm yet to find out...

And yet another lame feature of the new routes, is that the express buses from Gungahlin don't actually go to the city!

FAIL!
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