Day 079, Tuesday, 15 June 2009


We went for a ride into ‘town’ today for a quick look around. We had lunch on the Esplanade and then took a walk/ride along the waterfront.

The replica sailing ship the Duyfken has just returned to Cairns for its winter season and we were able to have a look at it from the dock. The Duyfken mapped  300 km of the Cape York coastline in 1606 as it was looking for gold and trade opportunites in New Guinea nearly 74 years before Captain Cook “discovered” Australia. We hope to be able to go back on Saturday and have a look on board.

When we met up with Faye and Pete at Rollingstone they told us about the swimming lagoon on the Cairns Esplanade and how they felt a little out of place as they walked by. The lagoon is a very big salt water swimming pool with docks, sand beaches and sand bottom in parts of the pool. It seems to be a magnet for all the young tourists in Cairns and the 4 hectare area was covered with 100’s of them taking in the sun. Faye and Pete’ comments had us searching for people over 30 but after a couple of laps we did come across a very tanned couple who looked a lot older than ourselves. But we must agree that this is definitely a place for young firm shapely bodies.

Zoom into the map and use the 'Satellite' layer to see our new location.


Looking up the Cairns Inlet

The replica sailing ship the Duyfken.

The replica sailing ship the Duyfken, (manipulated image).

The replica sailing ship the Duyfken, (manipulated image).

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, (manipulated image).

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

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