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Published: August 7th 2010
Part of the water park
See the pineapple on the top about to tip over?
We had a fabulous time at Cairns. The Coconut Resort caravan park was such a great place, we've stayed there before but this is the first time we've used their facilities. I washed in their laundry, dried clothes on their lines, jumped on their jumping pillow, swam in their pool, shopped in their shop and bought fish and chips from their little bistro. We didn't play tennis, volley ball, mini golf, ride skateboards or bikes there, nor did we play in their adventure playground or games room but all in all we had a great time.
We loved their little water park and watching the children have a ball there. It was a concoction of slippery slides, canons, and all sorts of twirly things, all having water coming out of them, down them, across them. Our favourite was the big pineapple bucket on top which filled with water, at a certain level some water would pour onto a spinning wheel making a bell ding. This would be the alarm that the 'pineapple' was about to tip out it's water. All the children would rush around so the water would dump on them, such a lot of fun.
caught the park's free little shuttle bus into Cairns city. It was hottish but we walked and walked up and down the Cairns streets, having some respite in their big airconditioned Cairns Central mall. Then we walked and walked back to the waterfront. I've often said when we've been there that I wish I'd brought my swimming costume with me so that I could swim in their excellent Esplanade pool. Cairns doesn't have a beach as such, all the better beaches are on the islands out to sea. Plus summer has the irikanji and box jellyfish, hence the wonderful pools that have been built in these tropical towns.
Well, yesterday I put my cossie in my bag with the intention of doing just that. They had lockers there so I could change in the change rooms, leave my clothes in the locker, swim, then change back, leaving the wet things in the locker while we did other things. It was very refreshing in the pool, full mostly with young backpackers from all around the world. We also walked around the marina there and around another set of shops before collecting our stuff from the locker and catching the shuttle
bus back to the caravan park.
Today we left the park and drove first to the DFO - Discount Factory Outlet in Cairns to have a look around. I bought a few bits and pieces but nothing much. Then we drove on to Palm Cove where we had a quick look around, then on to Port Douglas. The weather has turned to grey and windy but still hot. Doug has had a feeling the brake pads need replacing so after our four nights here, we're going back to Cairns to have them done, have another night there, and then we'll go on to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation before heading to Cooktown. Tomorrow will be market day at Port Douglas, always fun.
Tot: 0.288s; Tpl: 0.016s; cc: 10; qc: 52; dbt: 0.0332s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb