As we make our approach to Sydney, I am offered a cabin crew window seat and jump at the opportunity.
Nicole is not waiting for me in the airport. So after a three and a half hour sit I dine on some Hungry Jack aka Burger King and I am on my way to Cairns.
I am charmed and pay full attention when all the passengers sitting in the emergency exit row are given a full personal Aussie briefing.
Arriving on schedule, the hunt for accommodation begins.
Gloria who is from New Zealand makes checking in quite entertaining. She maintains several conversations with guests while registering some of them, explaining brochures to others then reloading an Internet Card for another. I am exhausted just watching.
Caravella is located on the quiet side of town but not too far from Cairns nightlife.
Nevertheless, I think I am thirsty and order a pint of the local beer. Surprisingly it is not Fosters!
A short stay at Woolshed and it is onto Gilligan's, famous for it's party atmosphere. With a half decent set of ears or a good hearing aide, Gilligan's is not that difficult to find.
Hope it won’t hop off the plate!
At Caravella’s, it will be a short night as plans call for a 8:30am reasonably priced trip to The Great Barrier Reef.