I must admit having more than a few moments of regret after we decided to stop in Cairns for a day on our way to Japan. Cairns in the middle of summer is a hot and humid place to be and I enjoy heat and humidity about as much as a cat enjoys a cold bath. What were we thinking??
However, a day of rest and relaxation in the tropical north proved to be just what the doctor ordered after what had been a fairly stressful week. After a lovely long sleep in, we wandered down to the Esplanade for brunch near the Lagoon – Cairns’ place to be on a hot summer’s day where you aren’t in danger of having a croc encounter of toothed kind.
Cairns is a lovely town still with old colonial buildings gracing the centre but what surprised me the most was the bats. Yes, bats. Smack, bang in the centre of town is a collection of trees with some very strange fruit indeed.
I could hear the shrieking from a few blocks away but it was only as we got closer we realised that all the brown things hanging from the branches were actually hundreds of Flying Foxes!!
After some time peering up at our foxy friends, we continued our wander through the town. Although hot, it was nice to see such lush greenery everywhere.
So despite suffering the hot and humid conditions, our stop in Cairns was a very relaxing start to our holiday. Bring on Japan!