A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published June 22nd 2014
Looking around Cairns as the locals do
Looking around a new city can be exhausting.
Constantly navigating new vistas and people.
But there are refuges to seek out in the tropical city of Cairns.
The Cairns Public Library
Cairns Public Library - photo blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/jol/2009/06
This has very cheap internet ($5.20 an hour). A quiet place to sit, the daily papers, a coffee machine ($3), all in a pleasant air-conditioned environment. Unwind while looking out to the trees crawling with the native bats.
The building itself is modern and well maintained.
A cautionary tale. When I was trying to find the library I asked for directions at a tourist office and was given the street directions to a Laundromat!
Another place the locals flock to, and with good reason. This is a great way to relax.
The walk along this esplanade includes a boardwalk, a separate cycling track, multiple kids playgrounds, established greenery, sculptures, volleyball courts (always in use), skateboard track and fitness equipment (playground for adults!).
Explore the foreshore and amenities in the tropics.