22nd October 2017 by emmadurnford

22nd October 2017

Although we could have stayed in the apartment until later in the day we decided to pack our cases for our flight down to Sydney and set off a little earlier to explore Cairns.  It is always surprisingly how much I can get in now on my case.  I still strap it with both the straps since the incident of the zip bursting on our journey down from Exmouth all those weeks ago.

Despite the almost constant hot tropical rain I was really sad to say goodbye to Port Douglas.  It is so different watching the lorikeets and parrots fly over and see the tropical wildlife.

It was a straightforward drive down to Cairns as basically there is only one road.  However it all got rather full-on and tacky the moment we drove into Cairns only making us feel really relieved that we had spent the week in Port Douglas!  We wondered around the marina for a bit which is where I took this shot on a rather flat cloudy sky but there was not much to keep us there so we decided to head back to the car drop-off and the airport.

This time it was quite straightforward to find the car drop-off and again we were really sad to leave our powerful vehicle with the eco-settings and great reversing camera.

We managed to get away with our suitcases being slightly overweight by feigning surprise that we were not given a higher allowance!  We are now both applying for our Equity cards.

I managed a little shopping at the airport and got a couple of great Christmas decorations for our tree which is a long-standing tradition.  They are brilliant I bought a little Koala bear with a Christmas hat for me and a little echidna like 'Eric' the one we saw on Kangaroo Island for Colin.

After an comfortable flight with no complimentary drinks we finally arrived in Sydney.  We took a taxi to our hotel for the next four nights in The Rocks area of Sydney.  Our hotel is in an excellent position and we caught a glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as we got out of the taxi.  Our room is on the very top floor with views at the back over The Rocks which give the area it's name. We went up to the roof on the 10th floor and could see the Sydney Opera house and a clear view of the Sydney harbour bridge

After the flight we felt the need for some fresh air and so wondered around The Rocks which was very quiet but I think it is because it is a Sunday night. When we got back we decided to eat in and had a very nice burger at the bar and a complimentary drink I had my favourite Mojito.
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