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Landed in cairns today :)

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Landed in cairns today :)

1. Posted by Wanders (Budding Member 41 posts) 2y

So the journey has begun hehe :) so exciting!
Hired a car from my home city of Norwich and drove it down the heathrow, (a11 was closed so had to make a huge diversion to get to heathrow in time), then flew to singapore where i had a 6 hour block booked in the airport transit hotel (is awesome, you don't need to clear immigration and its ensuite so you can shower and get a few hours kip), then onto brisbane, had a 3 hour stop there and the swap from the international terminal to the domestic terminal (skytrain takes like 2 mins :)), then flight on to cairns and now chilling in my unit!.. would highly recommend renting one of these units if you don't want to stay in a hostel, would even be cheaper if you had three of you in here as its got a double bed and big sofa.

Met some cool people on the way already, barmaid at brissy dom was a good laught and also got chatting with a fella and his wife who had just flown in from calcutta, he turned out to be the president of the rotary club in india and was telling me how he was setting up/travelling to raise funds for hospitals in the country for the partially sighted, lovely bloke, even gave him a random arm massage lol (yes i know slightly bizzare) as he got cramp...

doubt i'll have much to say the next couple of days as am exhausted lol

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 2y

Nice one, I bet you're buzzing! Are you planning to go up to Daintree/Cape trip while you're in Cairns?

3. Posted by Wanders (Budding Member 41 posts) 2y

oh yes haha :) exciting times, just need to get my sleeping pattern back to normal, i'm probably not going to do many trips around cairns, i've stayed here before and done all the daintree, cape trib and other things awhile ago, picked cairns as my first port of call as its really cheap for accommodation and i know the city really well :) just a good base to de'jetlag, buy a car and find a job for down south to head to :)

4. Posted by Talyn27 (Budding Member 10 posts) 2y

Hey!!..

What's the place you're staying in? I'm there in September and was gunna either couch surf or go to a hostel. Is it like an apartment or somethin then, what's the website I can find it on? Cheers :)

5. Posted by Wanders (Budding Member 41 posts) 2y

hey talyn, its a studio apartment, i use http://www.rentalsshortterm.com.au/ great to deal with, think i've rented through them up in cairns for 5 months in total during my comings and goings haha, if you need any more advice or help just say :)

[ Edit: Edited on 22-May-2014, at 02:00 by Wanders ]

6. Posted by Wanders (Budding Member 41 posts) 2y

well if it rains it pours haha, applied for a few jobs and got offered two today, one in cobram victoria maintaining farm machinery, welding and abit of machinery operating and another out west of toowoomba doing pretty much the same. Accepted the one in cobram pure on a first come basis so got yself a nice little 2600km road trip from cairns to victoria :) happy days, have commited to working 6 months so should beable to save a decent amount of cash up yay

7. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 2y

Congrats on the job and happy road tripping :) How much time do you have before you start?

8. Posted by Wanders (Budding Member 41 posts) 2y

Thanks Kellie :) be glad to start building the funds up, i start on the 12th june so will leave cairns the morning of the 7th i reckon, will give me 5 days to drive down there, hopefully should be an easy ish drive then covering around 550kms a day, will try and post a picture or two of the trip down there

9. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin 813 posts) 2y

Oh nice. All of the usual long drive precautions and warnings... Plan plenty of town stops, etc. Some of those straight roads be like