Arrive in Cairns
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We arrived mid afternoon on the overnight 'Sunlander' train from Brisbane. Not being far from the station, we walked down to our hotel, the Pacifice International on the Esplanade. We had a top floor room which had a good view from the balcony; not that we spent much time there without the air-con ! We knew we had arrived in the tropics.
Cairns is esy to navigate around being built on a grid pattern. It's main attraction is as a base to explore the Barrier Reef and the rain forest villge of Kuranda. It is a lively place, having a lot of shops, bars and eating places. The beach, what there is of it, appears to be out of bounds, ('stingers' were mentioned), but there is a brilliant artificial lagoon with good facilities. The parks and gardens are kept in very good order and the vegitation is very lush.
One day, we visited a roof top zoo above the casino complex near the harbour. We found it was not as good value as the one in Kuranda later in the week. We stared for a while at the huge 'salty' crocodile waiting for it to move - it didn't; it remained absoltely motionless. If there had been a stick handy I'd have prodded it - oh yeh!
We had 6 nights in Cairns and had a pleasant and enjoyable stay.