Things have slowed down tremendously since we arrived in laid back Queensland. Now that we don't have a car and the thermometer is hitting the 30 mark, we also don't seem to have a care in the world.
Australians celebrated Anzac Day and everyone was out and about in Cairns quite early for the veteran service and uniform parade. I took the opportunity to go swimming @ 7am in the Lagoon swimming pool as it was almost empty and very relaxing. Swam for an hour before going for breakfast eggs benedict at a cafe which had free wi-fi.
We got a complimentary ride to Port Douglas from Cairns as we are staying at the YHA. It's a nice enough tropical town with trendy bars and restaurants but this is also reflected in the prices. I mean, $22 for a Pad Thai? Seriously? Is this place full of millionaires?
We spent the afternoon lazing about on the beach, swatting sandflies, reading and napping. As it was a public holiday, the supermarket was closed so we had to eat out. After a long walk through the main strip with swanky bars serving $18 pastas, noisy hotel pubs doling out $22 hamburgers and cafes with $13 tapas dishes, we came across the local Life Guard Centre Club, called the Tin Shed. Here we were able to eat more sensibly ($15 for a yummy salt 'n pepper squid dish) AND we had a great view of the sunset!