So we've just had our last week in Cairns and haven't really done a lot! But its been good to relax and chill out for a bit b4 we come home :(.
We've done lots of shopping as we saved all our shopping till the end and we've been swimming and sunbathing and generally relaxing.
On saturday we went to a village in the rainforest called kuranda, where you catch a scenic railway up there which goes over the top of the forest and then through it past waterfalls etc and you have amazing views over Cairns and the ocean. The village itself is very aboriginally influenced full of markets small shops and cafes selling traditional aboriginal art and bits and bobs. We went on a walk through the rainforest and along the river which was nice and then generally looked around before catching the train back down in the afternoon.
Sunday was a total washout with torrential rain nonstop for most of the morning with only a small break at lunchtime before it started again in the afternoon! There were floods and mudslides further down south bit of a mess apparently :S, but we managed to fill the day with a shopping centre :)
Monday morning I (megs) had to get up at 3.30am as i was getting picked up at 4 to go on a hot air balloon ride (courtesy of Chrissie :D). We got to the lift off site at about 5 as the sun was coming up and watched the balloons being inflated and then the first group set of on their half hour journey across the atherton tablelands and lots of fields! Whilst we were in the bus chasing them along to see where they landed. Then we swapped and they got out and I along with 14 others got in and lifted off. The views were amazing of moutnains in the background and loads of mango trees, sugar cane plants and little villages. Luckily the weather was much better today. As our half hour came to an end we came down to land but then the wind picked up and we couldn't so we went up again and then tried 3 more times to land but couldn't for different reasons so our flight ended up being an hour long! we had quite a bumpy landing in the end but it was fun. After the flight we went for a champagne brekkie and then travelled back to town and arrived back at about 10.30 when it seemed like it was mid afternoon! Really good trip though.
Now we are on our last day in Oz and its a sad day :( really loved the whole trip and everything we've done and its all gone so quickly!
Catching our 34 hour flight home 2moro :O
Hope you've enjoyed the blogs! Photos when we come home!