NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - our last stop on the east coast - cairns!!
we were happy that we made it to cairns - but we also realised that this was nearly the end for us in australia and we LOVED this place!!
when the bus picked us up at mission beach - we were told that we were going to go to innisfall to see a croc farm. this place was quite good fun, even though I didnt like the fact that all the little crocs only had about 2 months of life before they were killed for their skin. Only one croc will make one bag!!
we were taken around the farm by two crazy aussies - who messed about with the big crocs - one called henrey - and they would wind the crocs up until on of them went for them!! put on a good show!! there were crazy big birds everywhere trying to eat your kangaroo food and were scarier than then crocs sometimes - one nealy had his last breath when he decided to wander into the croc pen... luckily we told the keeper in time - who was just wandering about in there and had left the gate wide open. we went to feed some kangaroos and then were taken to the dingo pen ( some of the first dingos we saw up close ever since our fraser encounter!).... they were really tame and knew the keeper so let him in - he even carried on our for us to have a stoke and hold on the lead - we also got pics of some of her pups!
later on it was time to hold things - i decided to just got for it and held the croc, bird, lizzard and big snake - once - all at the same time!!
we left for cairns and the journey wasnt really that long - the bus didnt have that many crazy people on it ( like me and bec were used to) - we did have a weetabix eating competition though - which on of the guys behind us beat the record on the bus for how fast he could eat and swallow it!
once we were in cairns - it took us ages to get to our hostel - eventually when we did we found out that we were a 20 min walk outside of the centre and you could get busses in. The hostel was really nice and very friendly - but because we were doing the cape trib the nest day - we decided we would check out and go to gilligans ( best hostel on the whole trip) because it was right in the centre - so we went there after our cape trib tour.
The cape trib tour was cool - it was included in our package so we both wanted to do it - but we were quite tired of going on tours by this point. The guide was a little too enthusiatic - and with our mad heads and being really tired this didnt go down too well with me and bec ( plus - we didnt get to sit next to each other for the whole day - so no convo atall) we went to the mossman gorge which is beautiful and had a boat trip around where we saw a croc and some snakes. That night we stayed at the beach house in cape trib which had a beautiful beach right in the front that you could just walk out onto - where the rainforrest meets the great barrier reef. It was alovely relaxing stay and we made alot of friends on the way back on the bus - so arranged a big night out at the woolshed with the people we had just met and the friends we had back in cairns.
back at gilligans - we got ready and went staight to gilligans bar which was really cool and met our canadian friends - sam and eric - who taught us a great drinking game - slaps - which we got loads of people to play that night. the night out was loads of fun and we ended up getting back to the hostel at 5 in the morning - the next few days were spent sunbathing by the lagoon with our friend yaseem - a guy from paris who we had met in hervey bay !!
we enjoyed our last week of sun and set off back to sydney - where we were getting out flight to auckland from..
we miss australia already... xxx