Our group could not imagine enjoying anything more than the time we spent in the Sydney Basin, but forge on we did!After breakfast with the koalas at Sydney Wildlife World, we flew to the northeastern coast of Queensland, Australia. We landed in Cairns (pronounced “Cans”), a beach town that is the launching off point for many adventures.
We were reminded of the enormity of Australia as we traveled to areas that were quite different from the typical picture of the “arid red continent.”  The arid latitudes are the controlling feature of the vast majority of the continent, yet the northern part of Australia extending from 18° south to 10° south is quite tropical.  

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