We have stayed in quite a few hostels over the last few months and have been pretty lucky with most of the ones we've stayed in. When we got to Cairns, we found a hostel that is over and above anything that we expected. Gilligans boasts a huge screen for showing sports on (the only downside was that they weren't showing the Liverpool match), a decent sized pool and a couple of nightclubs. There's a really good atmosphere to it and everybody is up for a great night. What a pity it was that we weren't staying there and were staying 15 minutes outside the centre of Cairns. I believe its called sods law but I guess we had the best of both worlds too.
The Cairns Beach House looks quite nice from the inside and also has a nice bar and pool area. The bar doesn't open until 3pm so if you're looking for an afternoon drinking session, you should find yourself a bar as there is no byo (bring your own) on the premises either. There are meal tickets given out which entitles you to a snack sized meal that you can upgrade for $5 if you want a normal sized meal. We got into Cairns at about 5pm and got ourselves settled in our room. Heather nearly had a heart attack when she saw a cockroach but we found a man to take care of it for us. Nevertheless, Heather slept in her silky sack as she has developed a complete fear of anything insect like after being human lunch for lots of bedbugs in Fiji. We went for dinner (used our free vouchers) and got chatting to a guy from the USA and shared hints/ tips etc. Before we knew it it was 9pm and we'd missed our evening arrangements- a lack of sleep had tired us out so we decided to chill in the hostel for the evening.
Day 2 in Cairns and we went for a wander around the city. Most things are pretty central and if you get lost you can find yourself again at the lagoon- which is really pretty. Did a bit of shopping, some practical things and then met up with ritchie from our whitsundays tour.
(will finish this later as im heading to the islands for full moon)
will update soon
lots of love
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