So arrived up in Cairns on saturday morning and I really wasn't prepared for the humidity up here, and of course the rain. On arriving I soon found out the wet season had just started and it lasts for about 2 months none stop - BRILLIANT! So checked into the backpackers had a wonder round to orientate myself and soon found there isn't really much to Cairns. It is a completely purpose built tourist town and i'm sure the rain just 'dampened' my view further. But I decided to book some day trips.
On Sunday it was an early start to head out to The Great Barrier Reef to Michaelmas Cay - although it rained it was just spectacular and made me realised why I'd bothered to come to Cairns. The snorkelling was amazing, i didn't find Nemo but had the most fantastic time. Seen turtles, sting ray, sargent major fish, sea coral, giant clams and the list could go on. I also manged to get two small yellow fish following me around. I think they were attracted to my yellow life vest, they seemed to like swimming in front of my mask. It was just so bizarre!
Monday was another early start with a trip to the Rainforest upto Cape Tribulation, north of Cairns. Having stopped in Port Douglas, Mossmans Gorge and going crocadile watching in the Daintree river. We spotted four and I tell you I was really pleased to get out of there. We then got dumped in the pouring rain in a resort in the middle of the Daintree national rainforest wich reminded me of being of Brownie pack Hol (maybe a new destination Suz?!) with dorm rooms and running up the hill to the toilet and shower block. The noise form the animals was just amazing, I swear a frog must have been next to me whilst brushing my teeth. Even though it rained we were situated right on the beach and again the views were breathtaking. The rain didn't let off - so I we spent the majority of time playing pictionary and scrabble with two english, one swiss and one sweddish chap, which mae the games slightly more entertaining.
Now I'm back in Cairns but as you can probably gather it is wet season and I'm stuck. No greyhound buses have left for the whitsundays since friday night as the roads are flooded. Today I am trying to formulate a plan of action to get out of Cairns!! Unfortunately I think It will mean missing the Whitsundays out as boats are not leaving either and most people I have met on the way found it rained 24/7 and they didn't get to see Whitehaven beach!
Any suggestion guys would be greatly appreciated. Keep you all posted, if I ever make it out of here!