Despite a transit strike that started this morning (thanks Tom!) we hope to be able to get to the airport successfully. If nothing else we'll take a later flight. More later.
New at 9:00 PM- We got here on time and as expected. 1800
miles from Sydney to Cairns, and an additional 30 degrees warmer.
This is what we imagined Hawaii being like.
We took in a mile walk to the main shopping area and snapped those pix. It's very pleasant here, low humidity, good temperature, few bugs. Why are there so few bugs?
And after dinner we came back to the room, and since it hasn't rained in Cairns since we got here (not yet!), I was able to finally see something I came to see- the Southern Cross.
Tomorrow it's off to a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Cool!
I found a better picture of the Southern Cross from some later shots. It's a little shaky but you can see all the stars, and it displays properly. Note the 5th star. It's faint but there.