08.08.2009 - 14.08.2009 30 °C
Cairns was our final destination on our journey up the east coast of Australia, and what better way to finish up our five weeks of non-stop travelling than by immersing ourselves in the relaxed Cairns lifestyle? Everyday is a holiday in Cairns, and with Winters that are warm and sunny, it attracts visitors from all over the globe and Australia, creating a lively and friendly atmosphere.
The main hub of the city is around the marina and the esplanade where we enjoyed spending time soaking up the sun and then cooling off in the pretty man-made salt water lagoon. In general we treated our six days here as recovery time after our active and fun-filled days in Oz, and in preparation for the busy final leg of our trip. Therefore some serious R&R was enjoyed!
We did make it out of the city however, to explore the nearby mountain town of Kuranda. This was a real hippy town with a couple of markets that sold local and aboriginal arts and crafts. From here we did a rainforest and jungle walk, then ventured out further to the Barron Falls Gorge, which had a dramatic waterfall and gorgeous scenery.
Our time in Cairns was fantastic, and we were blessed with such nice weather that we could not quite believe our luck. Our last day was a bit of the shock to the system, as we began to realise how quickly our days were flying by, and more to the point, how we were leaving sunny Australia for cold, rainy New Zealand!