So every night at Gillingham’s is a party and it is definitely where everyone in Cairns goes, even when they are not staying at the hostel. Especially Thursday – Sunday when it is also filled with locals here on holiday or on stags/hens. So after having a rested Wednesday night, by the time the greyhound bus gets in, it’s good timing to experience the craziness of Gilligans.
Thursday Night is ladies night and looking forward to catching up with the gang from 1770 and Airlie – Craig, Gareth and Frank and its fab that they are all there for the next few days so lots of time to string out the reunion. So free champagne before 11 for the girls served by 2 buff guys just in butler outfits. The butlers hardly cracking a smile, but still managing to get the crowd in as it’s a busy line. Decide to stay and chat outside rather than spend the night in a que, as end up seeing a ton of the guys from the Whitsunday boat too who are good fun, including the 2 german boys Jorrit and Joshua and Canadian Tim. Canadian Tim is on form as he only has couple of days to go and being on holiday rather than being a traditional backpacker keeps buying all the drinks. Flashing his cash, he decides to stay in hotel rather than the hostel for a sheer $100 with breakie, as finds it a bit crazy here choosing a very classy one called Hides Corner as thats the only one letting him in at 2am, which is very amusing.
Friday Night is TGIF (Thank Gilligans it’s Friday) and it’s also Craig’s last night before he heads to Sydney, so we start the night off having a few drinks and listening to music in Craig’s room with his friend Chantelle and Henry from 1770 who has just arrived, so another reunion. As you get free entry into the Gilligan’s club staying there by just showing your card, we head down around 11pm and catch the end of the live music, which always plays outside and is usually the best music of the night as isn’t Justin Bieber haha. As we all have a bit of a dance outside, there is another reunion with Adelaide Johny Ruffo from 1770 who was in the same dorm as myself and Craig. He is in Cairns for a week with his german mates as are all travelling in a car along the east coast. End up hanging out with them for most of the night, checking out the other club the Attic, which is more house music than R&B commercial stuff. We end up out until it ends and then head to the lagoon for an after party then to Tropic Daze, their hostel as it’s far more chilled than Gilligans with less drunken people and even has hammocks.
25th and 26th February