Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

After Sydney, we were off to Cairns - a small town known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. 

Cairns was stinking hot. We felt the humidity and warm air on our skin the moment we walked out of the plane. The walk from the plane to the inside of the terminal was almost unbearable.

Our initial impression of the town was not godly; we waited at least an hour in the heat for the bus that was going to take us to the hostel. We wheeled and carried our suitcases up two flights of stairs; and when we got to the hostel, we were greeted by a half-naked person at the counter and other college aged people looked who looked incomprehensible/drunk/sketchy-looking.
We backed out immediately.

Fortunately for us we found a travel agent around the corner who helped us find accommodations and also to better plan our few days there. Our main attraction to the area was the reef and decided that we could spend a few days there unplanned to see what Cairns was all about.