Photographs and Adventures

Cairns…Tropical North Queensland

Well, here we are in Cairns. Tropical North Queensland.  We have never been this far north before in Queensland, so we didn’t quite know what to expect. Probably we thought it would be quite hot, and very humid, so I am not sure if we were wrong or the weather is unusually mild. Most days seem to be around 24°  – 25°C with a little breeze and fairly low humidity which suits me fine…

We have spent quite a bit of time in the Cairns Botanical Gardens, they are a real pleasure to explore with their lush tropical vegetation and lots of plants we don’t see very often down south.

Jade vine

According to my research, this is Strongylodon Macrobotrys (Jade Vine, Emerald Creeper). The buds are like green and purple jelly beans and open into the most wonderful aqua blue flowers all down a long hanging stem.

Kuranda is a little rainforest town up in the hills. You can get up there via the Scenic Train or Sky Rail but we chose to drive up the steep and winding road. Kuranda itself is a touristy village full of market stalls and various places to eat. It is also home to the Kuranda butterfly sanctuary which we loved. They have a breeding program, and  grow all the thousands of  butterflies in the enclosure which are all native to the region. It was a great experience and we would recommend it if you go to Kuranda.

This is the female Cairns Birdwing butterfly. She is Australia’s largest butterfly.

This is the male Cairns Birdwing. He is smaller than the female but much more colourful. Male butterflies are generally more flamboyant than the females, because it is the female who chooses her mate.

Orange Lacewing

I think this is the Orchard Butterfly, so named because the caterpillars eat the leaves of citrus orchard trees such as lemon, orange & grapefruit.

This little girl was fascinated by the butterfly that landed on her hand. It sat there happily for quite a long time while she inspected it.

2 responses

  1. acimimepetha1979

    Reblogged this on Shauna Smith Page.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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