Cairns

Woke up around 630a… Yes without an alarm. Grabbed my banana and nut bars and 2L camelback and headed to the bus stop to catch the 131 bus to the botanical gardens. I hiked the red arrow and blue arrow trails in about 2hours. Gorgeous rainforest scenery. At some points along the trail, I was pretty scared. Narrow passages, slippery leafy debris in the trail, and random noises of the forest all played with my head. There’s a stunning and worthwhile view of Cairns city and the beaches and airport at the highest point (but that scenic view can also be appreciated right at the start of the blue arrow trail). The red arrow trail is a very nice paved trail that is beginner. I would give the blue arrow trail a medium rating. At the end of the hike, there was the botanical garden cafe and I rewarded myself with a yummy green juice and avocado smash on toast with rocket (arugula). Took a stroll throughout Cairns botanical gardens (it’s huge… And it’s free!)…. Beautiful tropical plants everywhere! Caught the 131 bus (it runs every hour) back to town to check out the esplanade. Walked around the esplanade area. Very touristy with shops. A lot of asian shopping and food. Just an observation. Grabbed some asian food for dinner and headed back to the hotel before getting dark. Tomorrow, I hit the airport again and travel to Sydney with a minimal layover onto Christchurch, New Zealand. Australia, you’ve been wonderful to me. Fabulous people. Terrific hospitality. Beautiful landscapes. I highly recommend a visit. You won’t be disappointed.

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