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(Yes, I'm still here. Still reading everything, just not posting much, ok?)

This year marks a first for me. This will be the first time in my life that I won't be having Christmas as my parents place. They're having it at mine!

Mum and Dad are on a cruise at the moment (two weeks going around New Zealand, then two weeks going around New Caledonia, Fiji and the like) and get back to Sydney the morning of Friday the 23rd of December. Of course, Mum didn't want to have to try and organise Christmas in the day and a half after they get back, so I'm hosting it instead. Mum and Dad fly in to Melbourne from Sydney once they get back, and my brother is flying down from the Sunshine Coast on the same day.

They are here from Friday the 23rd till Friday the 30th. Part of that will be doing the Christmas thing, but also there will be tourist stuff.

What suggestions do people have for the tourist stuff? Keep in mind that I don't have my own car, so preferably would like things easily accessible via public transport, or organised tours and the like.

I'm not planning on making an itinerary, just collecting all the options and letting them choose what they want to do. Already pencilled in is the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium. What else?
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Tomorrow I fly up to Cairns for nine days/eight nights for the real holiday.

While I love my family very much, time spent with them is not a holiday as I will always stress around them, as a result I'm really looking forward to the next week.

So, anyone have any suggestions on what I should do up in Cairns? Mostly the plans are to be lazy and relax, but I do want to do some stuff while I'm up there. If I'm lazy and do nothing for the entire time I will end up regretting it, so I want to have some activities.

One thing I probably won't be doing is visiting the reef. The way my back/neck has been means that time on the water will probably make me seasick. Not something I really want to do.

One thing I have pencilled in is to visit Kuranda via the Sky Rail and the Kuranda Scenic Railway. From what I've read, the railway only has two trips a day, while the Sky Rail is continuous, so what I'll probably do is take the railway up one morning, spend however long I want to spend up there, and then take the Sky Rail back down.

Anyone else have any "must do" options?

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Desert Rose

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams that tie two hearts that will never die
And near the flames
The shadows play in the shape of the man’s desire

This desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this

And now she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing’s as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
The rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of hidden hearts and souls
This desert flower
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of love

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