All Good Things…

Location: Cairns

Today was the last day of our ‘Super Awesome Mega Trip.’  We decided not to go on any organized tour and make it a more relaxing day.  We woke up at a reasonable hour and went down to the hotel pool.  After about 3 hours in the sun, we decided to walk around Cairns.  We need to do some souvenir shopping and we explored the city.

We walked along ‘The Esplanade,’ the harbor/beach area along the coast with lots of tourist attractions.  It is lined with very nice (and expensive) hotels and restaurants as well as ‘the lagoon,’ a public pool in the shape of the state of Queensland.  Since the beach itself is mostly a mud flat and the water is not safe for swimming, the pool provides people a place to swim.

Rachel gets acquainted with the local "wild life"
Rachel gets acquainted with the local “wild life”
Cairns Harbor
Cairns Harbor

In one of our previous posts, we talked about the flying foxes that live in Cairns and fly across the city every night around dusk.  We decided to check out the trees they hang out in all day.  They are right next to the city hall and library.

A spectacled flying fox and her young hanging from a tree during the day
A spectacled flying fox and her young hanging from a tree during the day

After a successful shopping trip and lunch, we made our way back to the hotel.  We spent a little more time relaxing at the pool before venturing out into the city again.  This time, we headed down to the mudflats area.  We heard this was a great place to see lots of local birds and it was.

Lorikeet

Seabird

We also  wanted to see the flying foxes start their nightly ritual.  It was impressive.  Hundreds flying around right in the middle of the city.

A flying fox in the evening
A flying fox in the evening
The flying foxes at night
The flying foxes at night

We found a place for dinner and then walked back to the hotel.  We packed up all of our stuff and said goodbye to Australia.  It is sad to go, but we are looking forward to being back home too.

In about 20 minutes, we leave for the airport, and get ready for our nearly 24 hour trip home that takes us to a new US territory (Guam) and a new continent (Asia, via Tokyo).

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