As a fresh batch of Australian football players arrive in cairns for a weekend of crazy parties, we thought it best to get away for the weekend. We hitched a ride with our new mate Charles and headed up to Port Douglas for a couple nights. We stayed at United Backpackers, and while it’s more expensive then staying in Cairns, it was such a lovely hostel and finally Steph and I get to sleep in the same room. Port Douglas is about an hour north of Cairns and is a proper holiday resort town. Lots of pretty scenery, cute restaurants and cafes and it’s all so clean, feel a bit like we’re on the set of Stepford Housewives.
Our original plan when we arrived early afternoon was to head to a German beer festival by the marina, but the backpacker budget wouldn’t stretch to 20 dollars for a stein so we headed to the bottle shop in town and had a few beers in the park instead. You know how it goes, one leads to two which leads to ten and despite leaving Cairns to avoid the nightlife, next thing you know it’s 1am in the local bar. Although still a much calmer night then partying with hoards of 20 year old Aussie boys.
Next morning we headed out for a surprisingly good English breakfast in a cheap roadside cafe to help cure our hangovers before heading for a stroll around the weekly arts & crafts market and through the town. After a £2.50 dominos for dinner, we settled in by our hostel pool for movie night and free popcorn.
On the Monday, before getting out bus back to Cairns we headed to 4 mile beach where we spent the day lying on 5ft 4inches of it. I learnt the hard way that Australia sun is stronger then anywhere else I’ve probably been. I’m now the unfortunate owner of a red face, awful sunglass masks and a blistered nose.
Back in cairns and we checked in to a new hostel, Global Central. Definitely not as nice as Gilligans, tiny dorm rooms and Steph and I were both on top bunks which shook like an earthquake every time the person below made any movement. Monday evening was spent at the salt house which is a lovely bar by the marina that offer 4 dollar drinks on Monday nights. Starting to know Cairns a little too well now and overstayed our welcome, looking forward to leaving in a few days.