Tropical Far North Queensland by BlossomFlowerGirl

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Tropical Far North Queensland

This is about my holiday from Cairns to
Laura, on the lower Cape York Peninsula from
September 2008 to October 2008. Going from Melbourne to Cairns to Port Douglas, to Cooktown and Laura, Cape Tribulation and all the bits in between, and finally back to Cairns for my flight home.

Drive The Daintree

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2. Cairns - Shopping

Saturday 20 September

The plane touched down at Cairns airport around 3.00am - in the morning! By the time I caught the shuttle and arrived at the YHA in McLeod Street, it was close to 4.00am. I had booked four nights there, 20 -24 and asked could I go to my room now,(I had booked a dorm room) The answer was yes I could, but I'd have to pay an extra $28 for another night's stay. Considering the time was after 4am. it wasn't worth it just for a few hours. Told the fellow I'd sleep in the lounge, which is what I did. There was another person also sleeping there as well.

About Cairns
CAIRNS is a tropical city and very popular with holiday makers. The Esplanade is a new well-designed area on the shore with safe swwimming, and is the hub for night markets, events & get-togethers With shady trees & numerous cafes it is also child friendly. Cairns is the stepping off point for many attractions & places - the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, the Atherton Tablelands & of course the Daintree & Cape Tribulation.

Buses run frequently and there are many hostels for the backpacker, some with very good facilities and most within eaasy reach of the CBD. The Cairns YHA is opposite Cairns Central Plaza and is a haven for those who wish to relax without all the noise.

Many pubs offer good deals and the Mall is a lovely place for a stroll. There is a bus operated by a local man - CountryRoad Coaches which goes to Cooktown three times a week. Travel inland or the coastal route via the Bloomfield Track. September in Cairns is lovely with warm days and nights.

Cordyline Rubra

This is one of several plants that dotted the courtyard - aren't the leaves pretty?

Cairns Central

I'd planned on going to Rusty's Markets and buying fruit etc. but after a lazy start to the day, I strolled down to Cairns Central Shopping Centre and bught a light-weight backpack - a daypack, with a waist strap. It was much easier than carrying around a bag. Also bought a small Thermos from Myers.

Cairns Central is the largest shopping centre in far North Queensland and has been servicing the local region since 1997.

The centre is fully enclosed and offers an extensive range of stores and services, including the only department store north of the Sunshine Coast. It has over 180 stores together with Myer, Target, Coles, BI-LO and Birch, Carroll and Coyle.
It was opposite and just up the road from the YHA where I stayed.

Street Art

There were a number of these colourful artworks which doubled a seats and the bright colours made the city vibrant and fun.

International Street Sign

This is located somewhere near Shields Street and Grafton Street. Just think, if I head right from that sign it's only 15,376 kms to New York! Should I head left, I'd be in Wagga Wagga after 2,028 kms!

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