This past week I have been away from home and working at the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE — delivering some training to key personnel as they prepare to start using a new student administration system. The Institute is located in the tropical city of Cairns. It is a beautiful place and reminded me of how much beauty there is before our very eyes — and that sometimes we don’t stop to appreciate it. It’s been 26 years since I was in Cairns, having driven from Toowoomba to Cairns back when I was living in Toowoomba. Yes, the place has changed, with a lot more resorts and high-rise, but once you leave that area, and go to the suburbs, that familiar feel emerges. Tropical and country combined. Beautiful.
I was lucky on the flight up — got a window seat, which afforded me wonderful views of the coastline — and of course the spectacular colours of the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. I took some photos using my iPhone — they aren’t perfect but the ones I have loaded will give you an idea of what it looks like all the way up the Queensland coastline.