April 6, 1986
The town of Walsrode, midway between Bremen and Hannover, celebrates its 1,000th anniversary this year. In this Luneburg Heath area, between the Elbe and Aller rivers, is evidence of prehistoric man: cairns and passage tombs of great stones. On this year's agenda are 120 holiday programs. The monastery, the bird sanctuary and the Heath Museum will be open to visitors. For details write to: Fremdenverkehrsamt, Postfach 1443, 3030 Walsrode, Federal Republic of Germany.
April 30, 1989 |
A plane carrying Vice President Dan Quayle touched down safely Saturday in the Australian resort city of Cairns after a warning light falsely indicated a possible engine fire, a spokesman said. In Washington, Craig Whitney, Quayle's deputy press secretary, said the pilot of the Boeing 707 airliner dubbed Air Force Two received what proved to be a false signal that one of its engines was on fire. "The pilots noticed what is referred to as the 'fire light' flickering--all it did was flicker--while en route from Sidney to Cairns," Whitney said.
November 8, 1987
Marge and Ken Kantor's fine Kuranda article Oct. 11 describes one of the many worthwhile attractions easily reached from Cairns, Australia. As part of a 16-member Canyon Explorers Club contingent on a July outing, we too had the pleasure to visit Kuranda and the Atherton Tableland. But to us an even greater far north Queensland satisfaction was an eight-day Cairns to Cape York safari that relied on rugged yet comfortable four-wheel-drive cars for the northbound leg and a plane for the return.
May 22, 2012 |
The annual solar eclipse in the West on Sunday might be considered a stage-setter for a another solar eclipse coming in the fall - and a reason to travel to Australia. Brownell Travel based in Birmingham, Ala., offers an 11-night trip that features the Nov. 14 total eclipse that will only be seen Down Under. The path of totality of the eclipse, which begins at dawn, is in the northern edge of the country. On the trip, participants will be near Cairns on a cruise to view the early-morning eclipse and later tour the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest on the northeast coast of Queensland.
November 15, 1987 |
If you're planning to travel within Australia, perhaps while attending World Expo 88 next April 30 to Oct. 30, there are several air passes to consider. Some of these passes are on a directional basis and some are based on the distance flown. East-West Airlines has a batch of passes, including three new ones, all costing about $415 at current rates of exchange. A new Sun Pass, with Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Ayers Rock on the itinerary, can be started in either Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns.
February 25, 2011
1. Australia Australia has had one of its more disastrous summers. Floods, fires and cyclones have affected nearly every state, and recovery will take a long time. Worst hit was the state of Queensland, which suffered through historic floods only to face one of the largest cyclones Australia has seen. The disasters affected the capital, Brisbane, along with holiday locations such as the Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns that are popular departure points for the Great Barrier Reef.