Day 2 – Brain Dead in Cairns

Sailboats moored in Cairns Marina.

April 8th, 2014

After arriving in Cairns and checking into our hotel Chris and I headed out to do a bit of exploring before our jetlag settled in. Our hotel, the Mercure Hotel Harbourside, faced the ocean (Trinity Bay or Cairns Harbour to be more specific) and a parkway that had a foot and bike path called the Esplanade. The Esplanade ran along the water’s edge ending in the city center. You would think with all that water close by there would be good opportunities for swimming, but as you will see in one of the shots below the bay was home to crocodiles and jellyfish. We didn’t see any but apparently people have before.

Australia is home to many different types of jellyfish, one of the more deadly ones is called the box jellyfish. They are mostly found close to shore lines and each one can contain enough poising to kill 20 people. So we took the warnings seriously. You can read a little more about them here if you are interested.

Here are some shots taken walking the Esplanade.

Looking down the boardwalk at low tide.

Looking down the boardwalk at low tide.

Crocodile warnings in the part across form our hotel.

Crocodile warnings in the part across form our hotel.

Cairns Harbour at low tide

Cairns Harbour at low tide. If you look close you can see a couple of lonely mangrove trees.

My next truck. It just looks cool.

My next truck. It just looks cool.

Cairns Marina.

Cairns Marina.

Sailboats moored in Cairns Marina.

I could definitely handle mooring my sailboat here.

Boats moored off the Cairns Marina.

Boats moored off the Cairns Marina.

Another view from the Cairns Marina.

Another view from the Cairns Marina.

Cairns Harbour at sunset and low tide.

Cairns Harbour at sunset and low tide.

The airport was just past those mountains in the distance.

The airport was just past those mountains in the distance.

Cairns Harbour at sunset.

Cairns Harbour at sunset.

We saw many different birds we don’t have back home. We saw Pelecans, wild Cockatiels and as the sun started setting flocks of Lorikeets flew in. It was really cool to see so many wild parrots and the noise they were making was incredible. Here is a link to a video I shot; the birds were backlit so don’t show up that will be you can hear them.

Wild Lorikeets

Wild Lorikeets, flocks of these would fly through the park every evening.

We'd often see Pelicans in the evening at low tide.

We’d often see Pelicans in the evening at low tide.

Jetlag finally caught up with us, I think we were both asleep by 7pm.

While we were in town we booked a snorkeling trip for tomorrow. So look for pictures of the Great Barrier Reef next.

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