Stuck in Cairns...

Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
Trip End Feb 07, 2007

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Wet T-Shirt competitions, Miss Backpacker contests and prizes for the best Tabletop Dancing. These are your choices of things to do on a wet Wednesday in Cairns. And, although the truth is hard to take i know i'll never win any of these. Thus Cairns' magical appeal is somewhat dimmed in my eyes.

So we arrived here, and indeed it was a wet Wednesday. The shuttle bus thingy from our Hostel Picked us up and took us to Tropic Days. It is a lovely little hostel and we had a huge room with Air Con and a TV. Tropic Days is a great place to stay, it's quite far out of town but does a free bus every hour or so. They do loads of cool nights as well like an $8 all you can eat pizza night (with a free beer) and tonight's $8 BBQ complete with Crocodile and Kangaroo steaks, which I'll be sure to let Tamsin try and let you know what they taste like! They also give you a voucher for a free meal at a Pub in Town which is where we ended up that night, very nice it was too!

We had a quick poke about the town as well, but there wasn't much top see as it was pretty dark. The one thing we did see was the massive Fruit Bats that invade the Esplanade every evening. These critters have a wingspan of around a metre and make an awful racket as they flap about the place. The wildlife in general here is quite bezerk. There are loads of Crocs up in this part of Oz and all the gudebooks are full of info on how not to get eaten (very handy). We have seen a few bits and piecs but nothing too scary yet. Mind you, by the time I get back to Shrewsbury I am fairly sure that the snake we saw will have grown from 1 foot to about 15 and the bats will have blocked out the moon, when I am telling the stories in the Beacon!

Cairns in the daylight was a bit of a surprise. THey don't really explain this in the literature, but Cairns hasn't actually got a proper beach! It promotes itself as something of a Tropical Paradise but the only 'beach' is a huge ugly mud flat that stretches about 1/2 a K from the esplanade. They have got a beautiful manmade lagoon though (imaginge a big paddling pool) that acts as the centre of the town on a sunny day.

The main problem with Cairns, is that we were looking at it in the wrong way really. It isn't the sort of place you come and want to stay for ages but it is a great place to come and arrange tours for the amazing countryside that surrounds it. With this in mind, we have booked oursleves on a three day tour of the rainforest and Cape Tribulation where we will be snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. I am hugely looking forward to this, and I hope the weather improves a bit before Wednesday! AFter that we have got ourselves a Wicked Camper van booked for two weeks as we head down the coast to Brisbane. Wicked Campers are a Backpacker orientated van hire company that decorates their vans in outlandish designs that seem mainly to revolve around marijuana, rock stars, naked ladies or any combination thereof! I am eagerly anticipating hitting the Bruce Highway in a Bob Marley adorned Camper.

That's pretty much it for now really, There might be a few bits and pieces I have forgotten but there you are!

Keep all the emails coming, it is great to hear from everybody and I'll let you know what the reef trip was like!
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