Hard to believe that a 2 1/2 hour flight north from chilly Potts Point finds us here in paradise.
This is the well-heeled tropical hamlet of Palm Cove about 30 km north of Cairns on the Far North coast of Queensland.
It's 28 degrees celsius today. The locals think it's nippy.
Look! I found some dismembered feet. I wonder who they belong to?
sandcastles in the sand
Surprisingly - despite a rash of resort development in the early 80s - Palm Cove in still surrounded by the remnants of an ancient rainforest.
It sits in a lagoon on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The waters are teeming with marine life....
...including crocodiles, and stingers in the wet season. Hey - you wouldn't be in Australia is there wasn't some critter to worry about.
The locals and tourists from the nearby caravan park aren't perturbed...
The pier is a favourtie spot for catching something for lunch
Palm trees are abundant - of course. The sound of the warm sea breezes rustling through their leaves is calming and hypnotic.
Tomorrow we explore Palm Cove's legendary culinary scene.