I had low expectations for Cairns. It's billed as the "gateway to the Great Barrier Reef" and basically it's the transportation hub for Queensland (the northeastern part of OZ). Most recommendations are to just pass through.
|The Great Barrier Reef as seen from the plane.|
|The lagoon, still open at 7pm.|
But when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So we checked into a hostel. A big one. Though we did 'splurge' on a room with a double bed an a private ensuite, so that's kinda cheating.
|The courtyard at our hostel, Caravellas|
Here's how it works. Your "free dinner" voucher is actually for the local bar. The deal doesn't start until relatively late at night, 7pm in this case. There is some small print. First you have to buy a drink from the bartender, then, with drink in hand, you line up to order dinner. The dinners are pretty basic, but for a small cost you can upgrade so something more substantial. By the time you've ordered, you've finished your first drink, so you might as well get another. Etc.
|The lineup outside the bar for the "free dinner".|
It's really fun people watching. I had a blast. (The photographic evidence doesn't really need publishing on the WWW though.)
Tomorrow's post is an introduction to Australian wildlife (not including the 20-somethings).