I arrived in Cairns to find out it's the cyclone season, which means torrential rain and high humidity...plus I also found out that my card is still not working and so can't pay for my accommodation as didn't have the foresight to get some money exchanged at the airport, URGH. Anyway after a day of trailing around town trying to find a money exchange counter at 4pm on a sunday, I eventually stumbled across one with a lovely man who gave me great advise as to what to do in Cairns ...not much as its raining. I'm sharing a dorm with 5 others, one lovely German girl, a guy called Graham who is possibly an ex convict and 3 Israeli guys who seem to have extremely high sex drives and like to voice it a lot. Thank god for Claudia. But with my positive attitude I Rounded Ben and Rob who I'd met on the plane and decided torrential rain or not we were going out for a well deserved beer. The club was sweltering and I looked like I'd been standing in the storm for the last 5hours, but the sweat was worth it after a fantastic dance. First day in Cairns Ben and I wondered down to the Botanical gardens. There were so many beautiful flowers and trees and swamps. You can do a board walk through the rain forest where you can hear hundreds of animal noises you've never heard before, however we didn't seem to ever see any animals. That evening I went out on my own to the Rhino bar for my free meal the hostel gave us. It turned out it was BBQ night and there was live music...Cairns is looking up. It sometimes feels quite lonely on my own, but 9/10 I manage to spark up a convo with someone and only 1/10 do you actually regret doing so, so the odds are good. Rick from Adelaid actually came and spoke to me which was nice, he' d come up with his dad for a bit of drinking and a break from farming. However he did become slightly uncomforting and clingy, but his dad turned up and they had to go...this guy was 28 may I add. As i was eating my large steak and salad I heard Sting and the police filtering through the club and so decided to go and soak it up and this is where I met my two traveling buddies to be...Chris and Simon. They were looking for people going down the coast who would share petrol and knew how to have fun, I decided I could fit the bill and so 10am the next morning we met up, ate up (bacon sarnie) and were off heading down the beautiful coast. On the way we saw waterfalls, ate some sugar cane and gored on ice-cream...a good start. The coastal route isn't actually on the coast over looking the sea. It runs through mountains and valleys and sugar cane fields and with the amount of rain we've had, everything is so lush and fresh and stunning. Only 5hours more to go until were at our destination- Townsville.