The next day we made our way to Cairns. We had arranged to meet a host called Ryan but I wasn't sure whether he'd got my message confirming our arrival and after waiting for an hour it was clear he wasn't turning up. Very annoying, especially as it was then 9pm and we were tired. We wanted to get a good deal at a nearby hostel so quickly went into a Global Gossip internet store which was the only place open at that time and booked up a hostel called Cairns Beach Hostel just outside the centre of Cairns. We had read that they do free pick up so after booking, called up to get collected but the lights on their van weren't working so they weren't driving at night. Great, another let down! So we had to walk for 30 minutes to the hostel. When we arrived we just wanted to cook some dinner and crash, so we went to the kitchens only to find them in the most disgusting state. Possibly the worst we've seen, the sinks were all blocked with food and dirty water and we couldn't find any clean utensils. We tried to minimize our use of equipment because everything was so horrible and ate out of the saucepan. After that we went straight to bed. Luckily the dorms weren't too bad but we had already decided that we'd be booking into a different hostel for the next night or two. So next day we checked out somewhere else online and booked up Nomads in the centre of town so a much better location. Cairns Beach Hostel offered free transfers into town so after chilling out we took one. Pleased to be leaving we found Nomads and left our luggage in storage until we could officially check in. We ended up getting hooked on National Geographic in the common room and then checked into our dorm later. The hostel was so much nicer and the bonus was free breakfast and dinner! So we went to a busy bar called The Woolshed to grab our free dinner of Spaghetti Bolognaise, not bad.
CAIRNS Australia is famous for the world's largest coral reef system - The Great Barrier Reef. It is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. 2300 km long, it is home to countless species of fish, corals, and creatures of the sea. One of the things on my bucket list was to scuba dive this natural wonder.