Liam and Bryce were crazy excited to hit "Muddy's Playground"
We caught a flight from Brisbane to Cairns (2.5 hour flight) instead of continuing our drive up the coast (19 hour drive!). Our mission - see the Outer Great Barrier Reef and enjoy some summer temperatures (it was still 24 degrees there!)
This was our home base for the rest of the trip - before flying back to Brisbane and completing the final 14 hour drive back down to Worrigee.
We checked into our holiday accommodations - the Koala Court. It was perfect...bedrooms, kitchen and a small patio off the living room. This is where we spent 4 nights while exploring Cairns, the reef and the rainforest.
We found a terrific pub - The Cock and Bull - that served huge plates of food and offered cheap drinks. Bryce ate a sausage the size of his arm! He's a meat-a-tarian for sure! We liked this place so much - we made it back again during our stay.-
The Big Game Club had huge marlins showcased on the walls and other massive wildlife trophies
The Cairns coastline
Palm trees and pretty sunsets
Liam and Bryce had a play in the splash area - Muddy's Playground
Yep. That's right...."Crocodiles have been sighted in this area!" No one swims in these waters.
The clouds rolled over the tops of the mountains for a really cool effect
Unique trees reminded us that we were inside a rainforest area
The view from the "lagoon" towards the main street restaurants and shops
The lagoon at sunset
I think we ended up walking up and down the Cairns Esplanade at least 5 times
(our car was left in Brisbane for this stretch of the trip)
There was a huge playground area with lots of great equipment for the boys to enjoy
We spent an afternoon at the lagoon - a huge pool area with a sand beach area and fountains. We spent some time soaking in the sun and gave the boys a chance to swim (without the threat of salties!)
Next up: Kuranda - The Village in the Rainforest