Free day on Cairns, I think this is our first fully free day of the trip. Had a late breakfast at 8 rather than 6:30 which has been the norm.
dkc-1080-005Our hotel in Cairns (with the P on it)
Mooched around Cairns for the morning, it is beautiful town on the sea but with no sandy beach. There used to be beautiful sandy beaches but the dredging carried out to make it safe for shipping created mudflats instead. They are beautiful too in their own way with lots of birds including pelicans and waders, fish, crabs etc. When you look out across the Pacific Ocean the next land you would get to would be Mexico. The birds are really noisy and you can see bays hanging from the trees, positively a tropical paradise!
The town has a Lido, completely free, which was very busy with families as it was Sunday. Wandered around admiring the views, watched a couple of aboriginals fishing (they seemed to catch something), helicopters flying off…. and a local said G’day.
When it got too hot we went back to the Esplanade and looked at the shops. Bought a replacement suitcase and a t-shirt. Our black suitcase must have been dropped at some stage and one wheel has broken, so it was becoming difficult to wheel. On inspection D discovered that half the base was shattered and bits were rattling about.
Went to look at UGG boots and bought a pair of genuine Australian ones, (there are a lot of fakes, made in China and the lady seemed to think that’s mostly what is sold in England!)
dkc-1080-022Fruit Bats roosting in Cairns city centre
dkc-1080-025Fruit Bats roosting in Cairns city centre
Had a glass of Australian sparkling wine for Mother’s day – thank you K&T, it was lovely and very sweet of you to organise it with Dad – before having supper at Barnacle Bill’s a seafood restaurant. Had calamari starter (melt in your mouth) followed by a crocodile & kangeroo dish and barramundi in a mango and coconut salsa.
Tomorrow we can have another lazy start as we have to put cases outside at 10 and collected at 11 for our afternoon flight to Sydney. Clocks will change again and we will be 11 hours ahead of the UK.