So up early to go to my Mission Beach skydive, only for it to be cancelled due to bad weather now giving me the day free. Whilst it’s nice going back to bed at 7am, after another night out in Gilligan’s an Woolshed with Rrory, there isn’t much else to do in Cairns when the sun isn’t shining or you have no trips planned apart from shopping, which I have already done far to much of!
So I decide to have an afternoon at the Botanical Gardens, which is an easy busy away on the 131 and costs $5.60 return – probably one of the cheapest trips I have done yet haha.
The gardens are really cute and there is a small visitor centre to try and suss out what actually there is to see. I start off in the conservatory that houses some pretty cool and unusual plants, from palms to a type of venus fly trap that look like small pointy boots or clogs. There is a nice pond in the middle and an interesting garden wall with all sorts of plants, which makes me think of Tamara’s garden and might be some inspiration for her.
After there I walk around the evolution forest, which has some interesting trees in it like the cannon ball tree. This is quite a big section and there is the option to go on a bigger walk, but due to time have to pass and as it looks like it might monsoon rain again.
The next part head to is the rainforest boardwalk, which is super cool and actually makes you feel like you are in the forest, as has all the mangroves, big trees, huge bamboo trees and even mozzies to really make it feel real. It’s a nice walk and there is none else really about, so take my time as it eventually leads onto some lakes. There is a freshwater an saltwater lake to check it that has a few ducks on it and is quite pretty. One even has a jumping fish, which every so often just keep hearing a splash wondering what it is.
Trying to stay out of the zone of the bugs, head back towards the Tank gallery area to check out the small exhibition they have and it is where he bus stop is. With about 30mins to wait, I kill time by exploring up the road into the nearby shops, which isn’t much apart from a few restaurants, for when it does get busy there I guess, fish and chips and convenience store. A nice little afternoon out and only really need couple of hours for it, but on a sunny day there is a cafe in the gardens which would be nice to sit and they even do walks ad bird watching tours for the enthusiastic.
3rd March 2016