SEA GEM LOG
September 12, 1999
City of Cairns is the most popular entry point for yachts coming
in from the South Pacific. The fact that it has an excellent
airport with connections from all over the world makes it also a
convenient place for crew changes. The boat repair facilities
are excellent in Cairns as are the stores to re-provision a destination
with all the accompanying amenities. There are a multitude
of restaurants as varied in fare and price as the population that
runs them, and the people who patronized them. Fast photo
developing shops are everywhere as are the increasingly popular
"Hot Mail Cafes".
The downtown area of Cairns caters to the senses in every way. The streets are geared for pedestrian traffic, as well as
vehicular. For the pedestrian there are wide sidewalks and convenient crossing areas. For automobiles there is parking on both sides of the street as well as in the median. Trees have
been planted for shade as well as beauty. Round-A-Bouts slow the traffic so that even drivers that are not accustomed to driving on the left hand side of the road have a sporting
chance. Some streets are totally closed to cars and have been converted into brick paved, shady malls, with benches strategically placed for the stroller or shopper to sit and rest. Add
to this many sidewalk cafes serving all manners of treats: pastries and coffee, ethnic dishes and, of course, beer and wine.
We plan on leaving Cairns and
Yorkeys Knob Marina tomorrow, but each time we come to town we enjoy
it so much we delay again. We will see what tomorrow brings.
From Yorkeys Knob in Cairns, Australia, until later...