|Appalling weather during a Cairns winter day|
|Cairns' Esplanade boardwalk|
Ten minutes down the Esplanade is the Cairns Lagoon, a freely accessible 4800 sq meter salt water swimming pool surrounded in part by an artificial beach. It's quite spectacular with fountains and monuments integrated into the pool to add visual appeal. Our kids couldn't resist the water but ultimately preferred the 30C air to the 15C water.
|Breakfast with the Birds at Port Douglas' Wildlife Habitat|
|Learning about snakes|
No animal park in Queensland would be worth its salt without a crocodile exhibit. This one went one step further in having three different types of crocs in separate pens. The slumbering giant reptiles held the kids attention a few seconds before they noticed that the kangaroo and emu petting zoo was in direct continuity with the crocodile pen. (Oh, yes - I did crack a smile thinking about the havoc that would ensue should a wily croc manage to wiggle free from their enclosure) The crocodiles didn't shed any tears as our three kids tore away from the croc exhibit to lavish affection and pre-purchased snacks on the bloated kangaroos and their joeys.
|One more check on the To Do list: See a Kangaroo|
I had originally considered heading further north to Cape Tribulation, but it was already late afternoon, and the masses (Trish and the kids) easily outvoted me and we were soon on our way back to Cairns.
|Nameless deserted Queensland beach|