Day 4: January 11, 2014
The flight to Cairns was uneventful. I flew on Virgin Australia which was more like the US airlines. When I arrived at the Cairns airport, I took a shuttle bus to the hotel. It seemed exceptionally hot. My room was upgraded to a corner with a patio on one side and large window on the other. The bathroom had a jacuzzi tub with a glass wall on two sides, one opening to the bedroom and the other to a shower area – interesting. The room was great, but hot. I asked them to check it out and was told that the air conditioner for the entire hotel was down. Lucky me. I stayed awake as long as I could with the door open in the hall way and the patio door to create a breeze, but when I went to sleep I closed the hall door.
When I checked into my room, I changed in to summer clothes and walked around town. I found a Woolworth department store that contained a shopping market where I bought bottled water and some tings for breakfast. I got the lay of the land so to speak. When I got back to the hotel, I checked in at the travel desk and changed my itinerary. My first adventure will be the Great Barrier Reef.