3 day countdown to a new continent!!
Trip Start Apr 30, 2011
66Trip End Dec 08, 2011
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We didn't have a hostel booking when we arrived in Cairns, but a couple of girls from our Whitsundays trip had recommended a place where they had stayed, and said it was amazing. So we grabbed a map from the Information Centre, and walked the 15 minutes to the hostel. We thought that as it was our last 3 days in Australia, we would give their 6 bed dorms a miss (any excuse!) and check into a private room. However, we didn't bank on how expensive their private rooms were going to be!! So we compromised, sort of, and booked up one night in a dorm, and then booked into our own room after that
We spent our time in Cairns walking round the city buying a couple of last minute souvenirs, and relaxing by their man-made lagoon. We also booked up a trip to a place called Hertley's croc farm, as this turned out to be the best place for us to see koalas and funnily enough, crocs! We booked through a company that would pick us up from the hostel and also drop us back. We decided that as it would be our last day, and for us to get the most out of the day, we would be picked up early at their set time of 0820.
0900 the next day, and we were still waiting outside the hostel. Have they forgotten about us?! Yes, turned out they had. Not even really forgotten about us, but denied having ever had our booking. Despite the lady from the tour agency having spoken to them 2 days earlier, and us already paying! They said they would collect us instead at 1030, which we really weren't happy about! We were missing most of the morning at the farm as it was a 40 minute drive away, and felt like it was a waste of money to go now
Cairns wasn't really what we expected. It didn't really seem like it had much to offer, and was worlds away from Sydney. No modern high rises or plush bars and restaurants.
This morning, we're up early to catch our flight to Singapore. We're flying from the Domestic terminal, as we have a connection in Sydney. We don't really know what to expect from Singapore, but we're really looking forward to it. We've booked in for 3 nights at a hotel with no windows (we can't afford the hotels that offer natural light!) and will see when we get there if we want to stay longer. If not, it's on to Thailand!
See you in South East Asia!
Blondie and Beardy.