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We got up psycho early in the morning to catch a 4 A.M. shuttle from our hotel to the Auckland airport. After a week in New Zealand, it was time to head to Australia. We first landed in Brisbane where we went through immigration and customs lines. Then we flew to Cairns where it was noticeably warmer and more humid. It was downright boiling in fact. We had to walk outside from the terminal to a temporary baggage claim facility due to airport construction and it was sweltering. After we settled into our hotel in Cairns, we walked down the boardwalk and down Esplanade searching for a place to eat lunch. We ended up eating at a French cafe called Cocoa Amour. There was little escape from the brutal heat as most eateries were open air.
Though Cairns is tropical and lovely, it has no useable beach. The inlet is always muddy and not suitable for swimming. So instead there is a manmade concrete lagoon that is built right next to the shore that almost gives the appearance of swimming in the sea. To cool off, I swam at the hotel pool, which had plenty of shade and a comfortable water temperature.
That night we ate dinner at Mondo's right outside of our hotel at the start of the boardwalk. While we were eating we heard a noise as if a clumsy bird had crashed into the tree above our heads only to discover that it was a huge fruit back hanging upside down. They are known as flying foxes and they migrate nightly just before dusk in search of food. You see many streaking through the air and hanging in trees and hear them screeching at each other.