Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hanging in Cairns

Kay and I decided to hang in Cairns for a needed rest day while most of the others headed out to the mountains (rainforest) for a day tour. Cairns is tropical and humid like Hawaii, but the main attraction is the Great Barrier Reef, an hour plus off shore. Highlights of my day was some local birding and finding the Cairns Flying Foxes, aka Fruit Bats.

Sunrise in Cairns

There are plenty of shops and eateries in the downtown area.

Harbor views

The beaches of Cairns are actually mudflats, not conducive for recreational actives, especially since there may be crocodiles. Below is a man made pool by the oceanfront.

Finding the Flying Foxes (Fruit Bats) in the banyan trees in the downtown area.

They are constantly cleaning themselves as they hang during the day. At night, they fly.

Cairns at night. This is where the tourists hang if they're not out on the reef.

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