Palm Cove Australia

Palm Cove Beach

Palm Cove Beach

Last October, in our trip to Australia, our second city after Sydney was Cairns. We settled in our room in Pullman Hotel, at Palm Cove and decided to explore the area in the afternoon and have some lunch. From our hotel, it was a 15 minutes walk to the center of Palm Cove, which is a very cute and tiny little town, with some nice restaurants and little shops, all settled by the beach. The beach has a lovely view, with tropic plants and white sand, however, the sea crocodiles make it dangerous to swim. So we just enjoyed good food and the nice view.

With the advice of helpful reception staff, we sat down at Vivo Bar and Grill restaurant for lunch. A very Mediterranean menu, with Australian seafood.

Tiger Prawn Bruschetta

Tiger Prawn Bruschetta

Spiced calamari

Spiced calamari

Baramundi fish

Baramundi fish

A very nice, calm and relaxing restaurant, with a lovely view of the beach and the palm trees. After lunch, we also did a small walk to enjoy some shopping from local shops and to be surprised by the lovely plants and trees.

Cute beach shops

Cute beach shops

Very calm shopping area

Very calm shopping area

So nice to walk between the trees

So nice to walk between the trees

Next: Kuranda Scenic Railway

 

 

A Seaplane Adventure Around Sydney, Australia

Before take off

Before take off

While getting ready for our Australia trip and working on the schedule, one dear Australian friend advised me to take a helicopter trip on Sydney harbor. So I searched for it with the help of Saint Google and my travel agent, and I came across with a good alternative of seaplane trips with Sydney Seaplanes. I’ve experienced a helicopter trip twice. One in Samara, Russia, a business trip, so beyond the limits of this blog and second at Grand Canyon, a few years ago with our son. So I thought a seaplane would be a more interesting experience for all of us.

Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view

The trip we booked was the “Fly & Dine” trip, which very well suited with our travel values. A 20 minutes fly to Whale Beach area, 3 hours-3 course fine dining for lunch and a 20 minutes fly back to Sydney, with a route over Sydney harbor. Well, let the photographs talk:

Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view

Walking to the beach

Walking to the beach

We were about 12 people on the plane, 5 our group, 3 more couples and our pilot. We started the tour with a little safety training, and took our seats, buckled up and took off. Riding on the sea and the first take off was a bit exciting, but than we enjoyed the view and the calm nature of the environment.

The beach

The beach

We got off the plane on a little pier on a very nice beach of an island. The sea we landed was not an open water but an inside area, where people were enjoying many water sports like canoeing, sailing, diving or enjoying the sun on the beach.

A walk on the beach

A walk on the beach

We were welcomed by a lady from Jonah’s restaurant, who drove us to the restaurant with a van and after lunch (which I will write in my next post) we returned to the same beach to find out that our seaplane was gone. So we spent about half an hour more to enjoy the beach and take photograph around.

Resting on a bench

Resting on a bench

Finally our seaplane arrived to the beach and we took off to return where we started.

Waiting our seaplane to arrive

Waiting our seaplane to arrive

Over Sydney Harbor

Over Sydney Harbor

Sydney Seaplanes

Sydney Seaplanes

Lovely area

Lovely area

 

Weekly Photo Challange: In the background

The backgrounds, the places that we pass through day after day or once in a lifetime as it is said in “the daily post at wordpress dot com”
Here is my background challange taken at Santa Monica Beach
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