Cairns Botanic Gardens. My call to go here obviously and the kids were not over-enthusiastic at the idea but it turned out okay. I wanted to show them the tropical plants. Ferns with leaves as big as Claudie! Ferns about 7-8m high. Giant paperbarks. Huge trees absolutely covered in epiphytes that looked just like the tree in Avatar. Giant Bamboo (I could not close my 2 hands around the poles). And so much colour. Jasper dropped his soccer ball in a creek and went down in the ankle deep mud to retrieve it. While he was there, a lady told us she had seen crocs in there! Gentle panic set in. Ball and boy were both fine after a thorough hose down.
A few supplies were needed so a shopping expedition ensued. Amanda and Claudia dyed Claudie's hair red. It's the first time she has ever dyed her hair. I bought J a men's size 'small' shirt - the first time he's worn men's clothes! Big day in a subtle way.