So staying in Cairns for 2 weeks means finally can spend a few days relaxing, not doing any tours getting time to work out what to do next and head to the shops to replace some of my overworn clothes and replace knackered shoes.
So with the girls Ruby, Orla and Ashleigh spend the first day Thursday grabbing lunch at the mall Cairns Central and heading to the Lagoon as the sea is full of jellyfish and the beach is pretty non existent. At least the lagoon is cold and refreshing unlike Airlie, but not as pretty and tropical looking. Cairns is very much a reunion place and end up seeing Amsterdam Frank here, Byron Bay Quincy and the 3 Magnetic Island girls catching up on things while soaking up the rays and cooling off as much as can in the water. On the way back to the hostel pass the Bat tree, as Cairns is full of bats and every evening there are hundreds of them flying about. During the day they just hang upside down in the trees looking really creepy.
After a pretty late night, day 2 consists mainly of catching up on sleep and day at the shopping mall, which is quite big actually and reminds me of a mini westfield and has a good selection of shops, some cute boutique ones also. After shopping head to lagoon to meet Craig and Chantele. They stay on the grass while I hang in the pool chatting to Frank and another girl from his bus tour who is planning a make up and goon night. Before heading back to the hostel I check out the Night Market, which reminds me of asia market. It has cheap body massages for $15 (£7) clothes some quite unique like hand painted tops and good food including the all time favourite noodles. It’s nice walking up the esplanade as it has a very chilled vibe, even spotting an artist painting a bird just sitting near the lagoon, which you wouldn’t find many places apart from maybe Byron.
Day 3 is quite a cool day and end up hanging around a different hostel Tropic Daze about 15mins outside the center. It’s a super chilled hostel with Hammocks and palm trees. End up hanging there most of the day until about 4 with the group from Agnes Water I met, Johnny Ruffo and his mates as ended up there for party watching the sunrise on the hammocks. They have a car so I get a lift back in time for the Saturday Ultimate Party Bus night starting super early at 6.30pm, which I had forgotten I was booked on as it came free with my room. Luckily the girls from my room Emma, Charlotte and Sarah all from England are also going, so a good group.
Day 4 after a late one the whole room sleeps in before we go to the mall for a few things, dragging Christian along too which sure he loves being the only guy haha… After we go to the lagoon and chill out there for couple hours enjoying the sunshine before heading back to the hostel for the Sunday pool party playing some good tunes and the boys, including Quincy playing ball while the girls just lay in the cold water along the edge.
Day 5 Monday is the day to be productive and spend the day planning and booking all the amazing Cairns trips to stop me doing nothing but the lagoon. It’s an expensive affair forking out $1370 (£730), but other than Fraser’s and Whitsunday these are the only tours doing and you can’t come to the otherside of the world and not do all the amazing things. So booked up for Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, White water rafting, Skydiving, Tablelands Waterfalls, Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas.
As the scuba diving is next day at 7.40am after booking the tours I head to hire an underwater camera for $45 ($24) from wet rez cameras who are really good and helpful. I get a Panasonic limux that has WiFi option and it comes in a huge box to carry it and as it’s a brand new camera have to put security deposit of $600 (c£300) – eeek responsibility I had better look after it. With my camera box in my bag I go to find where the boat is going to leave from so I don’t get lost in the morning (which is very me). Based in the marina it’s a nice walk there through the Esplanade as the trees are all lit up blue and red and make a canaopy along the path. Along the marina there is a big center called the the Pier that has shops, restaurants and the expensive Shangra-La so all looks pretty as the sun is going down and all the boats are moored up outside. Not a backpacker place, however haha so will have to wait for that until back home working.
24th -29th February 2016 (leap year)