We drove during sunset to do the 5 hours from Airlie to Townsville to join up with the parents again. We had a barbie, a few beers and swapped stories before having an early night and an early rise. They said that Magnetic Island and Townsville weren’t all that and as we were running out of time, we decided to go all the way up to Cairns, which took us another 5 hours.
Due to the location of Cairns, the town enjoys sunshine all year round and is warmer than most of the places on the east coast. It enjoys the tourism from all the backpackers and holiday makers but still retains some old style character. I liken it to Darwin in many ways as it is without the skyscrapers of the other big cities but still has all the thing you would expect to find like shops, bars, clubs etc.
The first night was spent in a dodgy holiday park which due us not being able to find anything else, we were more than happy to leave the next day. Not before taking the mandatory trip to the local casino and a few of the lively bars and clubs of the town.