In and out of Cairns

Trip Start Nov 12, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Left Uluru (Ayers rock) on Wednesday afternoon and were pleased to leave. It is a bit claustrophobic on the resort as you can't really leave it unless you fancy a 5 hour drive to Alice Springs through the desert. However, it was definitely worth going there to see the spectacular rock, especially up close.
We flew into Cairns at sunset and it was very picturesque. Cairns is tropical and very green, quite a contrast after the Red Centre. There were forest clad mountains as a backdrop which we had not expected.
The hotel in Cairns was excellent. The two storey apartment blocks are surrounded by tropical gardens with several pools. The staff were very friendly, even the waiter who mentioned the Croatia result was being sympathetic - we think?! Thank God Rob is on the other side of the world and hasn't had much exposure to the football analysis. We have just had to put up with coverage of the OZ General Election instead. Politicians and political campaigns are the same the world over. Though, the Aussies are fined if they don't vote here.
We only had 2 nights in Cairns, so we spent Thursday morning wandering around the town which was pleasant enough and geared towards backpackers and tourists.The waterfront esplanade was a modern boardwalk and it was very relaxing walking along in the sunshine. It felt like being on holiday for the first time on the trip!
Part way along the boardwalk, we came to a sign warning that there were crocodiles inhabiting the area. Not surprising, as unusually, the town planners had built a children's playground and skateboard park next to the sign. One way to keep the Cairns population in check.
All we saw, were the pelicans and other water birds, who were searching for food on the mudflats as the tide had gone out. Although, Rob was suggesting, I get a bit closer to the water for photo opportunities and seemed to take a long time to get the camera ready.
Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and there are loads of tours to do from there. but we had decided to do our touring from our next destination just up the coast the quieter town of Port Douglas..........
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