Cairns is an hours drive away from my friends house and we thought it’d be nice to have a couple of days there as a holiday for the Wrays and as a way of saying “Thank you” for having us invade their house for two weeks.
We booked a three bedroom apartment at The Edge apartments which were newly refurbished, really comfortable, clean and stylish. It was nice to be there and, although I loved living with my friends, staying in the apartment did make our time in Australia feel a little bit more like a holiday. The apartments were spacious with plenty of room for the seven of us: us (including Mini R in a travel cot) in the main room with en suite then the Wrays in two bedrooms with the bathroom in the middle which was at the other side of the apartment so we didn’t disturb each other at all.
On the first night we decided to have a walk down the Esplanade…with the three children aged 6, 4 and 2. It was slow going with the kids running ahead then falling behind and getting distracted by everything (usually a pebble AKA dinosaur egg for Mini R) along the way but they did really well as it was a long walk…longer than the adult’s had anticipated too! We were joined on our walk by a stunning sunset and lilac sky. I’d never seen anything like it and yet again Australia impressed me with it’s views. We had some tea (steak – yum!) and then made our way back.
The three kids did amazing with all the walking but definitely needed some help returning to the apartment in the form of the buggy for Mini R and K’s hubby and Mr R’s shoulders! My first impressions of Cairns were that it was more resort like than we had been used to. The area were K lives is more local, real and completely stunning.
Mini R got a crocodile drinks bottle with his meal which he loved and was immediately attached to. Always happy to have a novelty that makes him drink water and not ask for apple juice! Hilariously, when asked what he wanted to call his crocodile, he said “Angela”. Strange name for a toddler to pick? Angela is the name of one of the Tumble Tot’s ladies whom he loves and always sits next to in the singing/dancing section of the session. It was so cute that he still remembered her and Tumble Tots after a new weeks off, I posted this picture to their Facebook to tell them 🙂
The walk down the Esplanade wasn’t completely uneventful. K’s four year old A decided to give us all a scare by slipping off a wall that blocked a long fall onto the beach. K was a super-human Mummy and managed to grab him by the arm before he fell completely and he was lucky enough to come away with a few cuts and bruises but nothing more serious. He was obviously in shock, as were we all, but he recovered well with plenty of Mummy cuddles and some plasters. I have no idea how K managed to get to him in time. He’s been walking on it earlier, holding as adults hand. He climbed up again and as we turned around, and before someone went to hold his hand, in an instant he slipped. Somehow K was there in a flash and grabbed him by the arm. It’s a wonder it wasn’t dislocated, if not broken. It reminded me that nothing gets in the way of a Mum when it comes to her children and I was incredibly proud of my friend.
The morning after we went to the shops for a wander and had a fun time playing in the arcades. I tried my hand (or feet i guess) at the dance machine again, something I was a pro at when I was sixteen. It’s funny how my feet just remembers some of the songs and then totally forgot others! H (6 yo) and I bossed the driving game with her steering with her foot on the pedal and me controlling the gears!
Around lunchtime we headed to Muddy’s, a free playground with a variety of activities and water shoots. The kids had a wonderful time and I was amazed how well kept everything is – no teenagers getting drunk, glass bottles on the floor or graffiti!
The afternoon consisted of a nap for everyone, except the hubby and I who watched TV and read magazines then another walk along the Esplanade and tea. This time we took a trip to the indoor Night Markets which was a hub of activity and had a great atmosphere. It was a good place to pick up little gifts for home. We ended the night with a taxi home (the kids were knackered and our husbands shoulders couldn’t handle another mile with a 6 or 4 year old on them!) followed by Bullshit and Uno once the kids were tucked up in bed.
The weather was great on our final day in Cairns and, due to the lack of beach (it’s mostly mud and the crocs are a fan of it!) they have cleverly created a lagoon for swimming and sunbathing. My hubby and the kids had a great time splashing about and playing on the man-made beach. Again, this felt like a very holiday-like activity and I even had a little dip when it got a bit warmer in the day.
The afternoon was something I was really looking forward to: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Crocodile infested lagoon tours, kangaroos, koala’s, attack shows, snake talks and much more! It was a brilliant afternoon but our favourites were definitely the crocodiles. The boat tour around the lagoon features the tour guide hanging chicken heads off a long stick to crocodiles, one aptly names Scitso, while they snap at them and fly out of the water. The kids were completely fascinated by them and this boat ride was not as stressful as the one the previous week where Mini R had not sat still and being a pain in the bum!
Cairns isn’t a place I would want to go back to, not that I didn’t enjoy it because I did, however I feel like I’ve seen it now. It was nice to treat our friends for a couple of days/nights.
If you missed it, you can also read my first post about our Australian Adventure, focusing on flying long haul with a toddler, and my second instalment about staying with our friends in the rainforest. I’ll also be writing a post about our time in Sydney so watch out for that! In the meantime, you can also follow my daily goings on through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
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