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Day 07 – Cairns

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Dave!After an early-morning flight sitting next to a little French kid so adorable that I wanted to take him home with me, I arrived in sunny Cairns (which is a pleasant change from the crap weather in Sydney).

After checking into my hotel, it was time to meet up with my friends Wes and Karen, whom I haven't seen in over a decade. They drove down from Port Douglas to have lunch and wander around a bit. This made for a nice afternoon since I had done -zero- research on the area, and had no idea what Cairns was about. First surprise was that the city proper doesn't have a beach. It sits on a mud flat...

Cairns Mud Flats

As you head north, a beach does appear...

Cairns Beach

But it's not like you'll be doing any swimming there...


Luckily, the people of Cairns have an awesome water park right off the mud flats to compensate...

Cairns Water Park

Cairns Water Park Off Mud Flats

In what little I've seen of Australia so far, I've fallen in love with the "no worries" laid back atmosphere. But Cairns takes it to an entirely new level. The city is so laid back that it's almost as if even the locals are on perpetual holiday. And it's completely contagious. Right now I'm finding it very hard to give a crap about anything. Far easier to just be happy and see where the day takes you.

This attitude could be a real problem if I don't find a way to turn it off once my vacation is over.

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