Cairns is fantastic! We love it here and we think we even want to live here one day. It is gorgeous. We've been anchored just opposite the Marlin Marina and can tie up our dinghy for free. The marina is locked at night, but we've had great luck, someone has always let us in when we've needed to return.
Shopping at Rusty's markets for fresh fruit and veg. These markets are fantastic! They run from Friday till Sunday and have dozens of stall holders all selling quality fresh fruit and veg at bargain prices. I love a good market - this is definitely in my top 5. There's something so uplifting about the colours of a fruit and veg market. Yum!
Swimming at the amazing Crystal Cascades in freezing cold fresh water surrounded by lush rainforest. I've become a true north Queenslander as I was the first out of the water - it was too cold! We came back to this amazing place for a go at fire twirling one night with Chris, Mel and a few other locals. I was pretty terrible at it but Rene got the hang of it and made some impressive moves.
|Big smiles for Rusty's markets - they are the best!!!|
|Having a go at fire twirling|
|Free Zumba dancing in the park at sunset :)|
We also enjoyed catching up with Melissa and sharing meals, drinks and games with her. She is one of those amazing people who can rustle up a gourmet meal with a few scraps left in the fridge. It was also lovely to meet Tamsin's parents who are visiting from York. We shared dinner with them at Natalies place and watched the royal wedding. Watching it with people from Europe made it feel more authentic.
|Ren zooming up to Ani in the dinghy here in Cairns.|
During the strong winds, my cockpit awning tore itself off. I spent a few hours reinforcing it and sewing up the holes. It should hopefully hold together better now. I've prepared the staysail bag pattern and will attempt to sew a replacement when I can (I have to time my sewing to when it's sunny as the machine uses too much power to use during the night). Rog is now trying to coax our little broken outboard motor to life (I don't hold much hope for it) and Rene is installing a bilge pump.We're really cruising now - boat maintenance in paradise!
We might head out for different waters tomorrow. There's talk of venturing out to the reef or of going to Port Douglas. I'd better get into the boat prep so that things don't fly everywhere while we're sailing. It has been so lovely to stay here in Cairns. I definitely plan on returning here.
|Amazing tropical flowers - this tree grows even crazier fruit!|