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Cairns - Far North QLD

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Cairns is the main centre of Northern Queensland.

Despite its beachfront esplanade,
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it has a city atmosphere
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and instead of sandy beaches there are mud-flats, abundant with native birdlife.
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It's main attraction is its base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands.
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Most boats leave from the marina
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where you can buy freshly caught seafood from the 'Pawn Star'
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or see the sites from the air
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and there's always a reminder of just how close the airport is, only 8km out of the CBD
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One of the biggest attraction is the lagoon on the promenade
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I had so many laughs when I ended up joining in with an Aqua Zumba class,
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with a mix of all ages and even men! in this beautiful setting
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beautiful even as the sunsets
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even after the sun had set, the lagoon lights transform it to a peaceful pool
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I love to walk a city at night, and see the sites from a different perspective, including these large jelly babies with my friend David
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I also came across a great Jazz bar, that entertained me on a few evenings, even when there was an unexpected folk band playing!
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and we stopped to talk to some local bikers, one with a CBR900 (like dad's) and one with a newer model of my CB500 (might have to get one of those!)
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David's talent is in making and selling flies, for fly fishing.
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It was great to learn how to make these, and see that just about anything can be useful, as with most crafts!
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I quickly got into the habit of getting up early enough to avoid the heat and go for a run along the esplanade, although the sunsets weren't the best
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there was a great track along the length of the promenade, and out to the Botanic Gardens.
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running back alongside the river
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with some pretty thigns to distract me from the shortness of breath!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:27 Archived in Australia Tagged cairns

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