Our journey started monday lunchtime as we headed to the airport. Our flight left at 2:55pm and got to cairns just after 5:00. We landed in cairns to the unfamiliar but wonderful smell of fresh rain.
We stayed in cairns for Monday night as our flight to bloomfield left cairns at 8:00am the next morning. Feeling unsociable and wanting to enjoy our honeymoon night alone, we ordered room service and watched the persuit of happiness. While the food was ordinary, the view was nice and the company even better.
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Dusk from the balcany of the holiday inn, cairns
Due to some miscommunication between the people who were driving us to the airport and the hotel our driver left before 7:30 when he was meant to pick us up. Luckily with some phone calls to the transfer company and the airport, all was sorted out and our plane didn’t leave without us.
This was the plane that took us up to bloomfield.
I took some beautiful photos from the plane window. I haven’t posted them all as I will eventually sort them and put them on flickr. The first one is a rainbow and the second is port douglas from the air.
The bloomfield resort hides into the rainforest that lines weary bay. You can see the jetty on the far left of the picture.
The bloomfield airport was great. The sign below was a strong representation that we had left the serious big smoke and were in for a good laugh.
This is the airtraffic control tower.
and the airstrip…
We then had a 4WD trip to the jetty and a boat trip up river to bloomfield resort.
The resort was absolutely beautiful. Photographs can’t capture the wonder of the place. Where ever you look there is just a wonderful scene to feast your eyes at. I spent many an hour just staring off the balcany.
The boats go up onto the sand and then the tractor pulls it up to the shore. The boats have wheels to be able to travel on land. This way nobody gets wet
The resort had 16-22 guests while we were there. It takes a maximum of 34.
At the resort you can relax by the pool, swim in the pool (it was pretty cold), play pool or darts or table tennis, go fishing or just find a hammock or day bed and read harry potter.
There was also a few walks you could go on if you felt like a bit of activity. On the Tuesday, Andrew and I went exploring on the smaller walks.
The first was to Wongabadga pt. and the second to the beach. We couldn’t go very far out as the tide was up. We also had to watch out for crocodiles.
The food at Bloomfield was delicious. We were never hungry!
Upon arrival, we were asked if there were any dietry requirements or preferences. Each day there is a set menu for lunch and dinner but the chef will make something specific to suit personal preference. Eg if a person doesn’t like fish, they got chicken or tomatos were left out of the person who didn’t like tomatos. Having set menus meant that the stress of choosing what was for dinner was taken away. We were never dissapointed with what the chef served up.
Breakfast was a hot breakfast choice of english muffins with bacon or samon, rasberry pancakes, eggs and bacon and a range of other items that I can not remember. There was also a range of juices, toast, croissonts, fresh fruit, fruit muffins and cereals.
For lunch and dinner, guests were seated together (you could also ask to be alone). We met another couple who were married on the 21st and a lot of english tourists. We exchanged stories of travels and what people had done during the day.
One of the many deserts. Both lunch and dinner were served with desert. Even Andrew put on a couple of kilos!
We took a 1/2 day trip to bloomfield falls on the Thursday morning. The falls were brilliant. I saw more water then I have in a few years!
We had a lot of fun climbing over the rocks to get closer to the falls.
All the trees grow sideways in the river as the water pushes them over in the wet season.
The path to the falls. This river bed is covered in wet season.
On the way back we saw the police. The police have only been in bloomfield for 18months and the station is currently being built.
The Bloomfield river
We took a cruise down the river on Thursday afternoon. We saw two crocodiles, unfortunately missing fatso (the really big male that controls the river) and his two girlfriends, anorexia and bulimia.
Never smile at a Crocodile
Crocodile or log?
Can you spot the crocodile?
Brahminy kites. They were very regal and cute together.
Bloomfield backs on to the north of the daintry rainforest.
This cute crabby lives under the rocks in the riverbed. Currently there is no water in the river but it will be full in the wet season. The crabs will soon make a cacoon around themselves till it rains when they come to life again.
On the Saturday we went on a trip out to the reef aboard the sailing ship big mumma.
We sailed out to hope island and snorkled off the island before enjoying a lovely packed lunch of a range of meats, prawns and salads. You still get spoilt with meals even when out for the day!
We then returned to the boat and did some fishing. The bonus of the afternoon was seeing two whales! One of them came up and aproached the boat right at the front of the boat to take a look at us.
Fishing was a success!
Andrew caught a spotted mackeral
And I caught a grass sweetlip
We also caught a few other fish, which had to be thrown back as they were too small.
We got to have my sweet lip for breakfast on Sunday morning before leaving. I have never had sweetlip before, it is a very tasty fish! Especially since it was fresh.
Our trip home.
Back onto the boat, then the fwd then to the airstrip.
It is nice to be home with all the wonderful memories to start our wedded life together.