Enjoying our last day in Cairns.

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Pretty blue waterlily at Cairns Botanical gardens

We could only stay the one night at Adobe Motels as they were fully booked for the next night; our final night in Cairns, in Australia in fact for this visit. We decide it would be rather nice to go out for breakfast on the waterfront of Cairns, so we drove down to the docks at the begining of the esturary where there are several realy nice cafes with great outdoor dining facilities. We found a pleasant place to sit in the morning sunshine and watch the boats on the water while we enjoyed a coffee and a plate of bacon and eggs and some lovely grilled tomatoes. We waited around quite a while watching people hapily, before we drove back to Adobe and checked out, drove 2 doors down and checked into Castgaways Backpackers for our final night; we leave very early tomorrow and will need to be away from the motel at the unholy hour of 4am!

We settled back in to castaways, then decided we would go to the Botanical gardens for a stroll around.

Kockaburoo high in a tree, Botanical gardens
it seems the Bonatical gardens are absolutely huge, we walked and walked and walked quite a lot more, over bridges and parklands, looking at trees and birds and flowers, till we came to an unsual feature at the back of the gardens. I think there were 4 huge water tanks, at least what we thought were water tanks, but, these were all empty and some had doors cut into the sides as entrances to theatres with stages with Shakespearian plays being put on in one and a singing concert in another. These old tanks were actually aviation fuel tanks from the 2nd world war, used for the planes to protect Australia from invaders. An interesting inavative thing to do with them.

We walked further on til we came to more botanical grdens with many more flowers and ferns, and hot houses full of orchids and begonias and cactis and many other tropical plants.

Ibis at Bontanical Gardens

Then after all that we had to walk back to our car! It was miles away, I think we parked in quite the wrong place, but we did get to see a lot of the parklands, and it was great exercise for us.

Back at Castaways it was definately swimming time then we were relaxing with a bottle of wine around the pool to recover, before it was time to head into town to return our trusty yellow bug rental car. We had some hope of being re-enburst for the cost of two new tyres we had to put on way back in Port Douglas area, but no, the man just said thanks sort of casually when we told him of the new tyres. But at least he gave us our $500 bond back.

Wandered slowly back along the street back to Castaways, arranged for the free bus to take us into town for a free dinner. The free dinner was not bad when you consider how much it cost us, thanks to whom ever did pay for it. After dinner it was off to the big Casino for a short spending spree on the poker machines for me and on the tables for Erle. Surprisingly Erle did better than I did, but neither of us did very well. But its the experiance of a big casino thats the fun, all that glitz and glamour and flasking lights etc.

Caught a taxi back to Castaways and went off to bed for a few hours. We were very surprised to find another couple were also up and about making breakfast at 4am, preparing to fly out, but not on the same flights. The taxi I had booked arrived on time and we said goodbye to Australia for a while and flew off back to New Zealand.

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Pretty blue waterlily at Cairns Bo…
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Kockaburoo high in a tree, Botanic…
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Ibis at Bontanical Gardens
Ibis at Bontanical Gardens
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