Not exactly sad to be leaving Brisbane, I got on my flight to Cairns to find I had 3 seats to myself - success! Definitely not one to pass up the opportunity for a few more hours of sleep, I crashed out for the entire flight, meaning I felt a bit more refreshed when I arrived at midday.
Stepping out of the airport the first thing I noticed was that it was bloody hot in Cairns, almost unbearably so - I guess I need to be careful what I wish for! It turns out that the Cyclone shifted the rain down the coast meaning Cairns, which is currently in its wet season and therefore should be raining most days, was beautifully sunny with clear skies.
On my way to the hostel I met 2 British girls on the bus who had just come from New Zealand and who made me even more excited for going there in a few days' time!
After checking in I went to my room, realising I was currently in a room with just me and 3 boys. Usually I wouldn't mind, but my similar experience in Brisbane made me a bit sceptical.
My instincts were right and once again I discovered that boys suck at having conversations with new people, so I headed to the shopping centre for lunch and to get some supplies. It was then that I started to feel very alone in this new place, and I wasn't sure travelling by myself was my thing at all!
However, luckily when I came back to the hostel, I had a Dutch girl in my room who I hit it off with straight away. The 2 British girls then knocked on my door and we all decided to go to the bar crawl that evening to meet some people and suss out the bars/clubs in Cairns.
This was definitely an experience and a half, with an outrageous number of dance offs and competitions throughout the night. (I can see why my brothers fit in here so well!)
They seemed to start partying very early in Cairns and with the pub crawl starting at 8.30pm we only managed to make it to 1am, which was probably a very good thing anyway as I had to be up at 6am for my Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip.