We chose to stay at the Marlin Marina in Cairns, as it was central to everything and, once again, we needed to get a heap of work done. Cairns is our last stop in a large town until we get to Darwin so we needed to do our final chores to become self-sufficient .i.e. get the water-maker installed.
We stayed for nine nights and our first job was to find someone to patch the dinghy and fix the outboard motor. We found very helpful people at NQEA. Bill and Rob were fantastic. After it was decided that Bill would come and pick up the dinghy from the marina in the morning (so we didn’t have to hire a car) he gave us a lift home (Thorfinn). We then found Matt the marine mechanic who picked up our outboards (the spare also wasn’t working) fixed them and dropped them back to the boat for us.
The majority of our stay was spent working on Thorfinn. While Dwayne installed the water-maker, fixed the diesel leak in the generator, fixed the engine mounts of our main engine and did general maintenance and clean up of other things. I did a spring clean and pulled everything out of the shelves and dusted, cleaned, rearranged and repacked.
However, it wasn’t all work. We went for walks along The Esplanade which is a vibrant happening place. Early morning and in the evening you can participate in group exercise with “Free Fitness on the Esplanade” or checkout the “Esplanart”.
There were bands playing, buskers and markets. People barbecuing, playing, sleeping or swimming at the lagoon.
On one of our walks we saw the bats in the trees near the library and got some cute photos.
We also got the chance to catch up with old friends Ian and Noe. It was a great pleasure seeing them again, their daughter Mia and new addition Ella. Generous, as always, they lent us Ian’s car for a day to fill up our jerry cans, buy a new battery and pick up our dinghy. We also took that opportunity to visit the Cairns Cruising Yacht Club for a quick drink.
The last night in Cairns we got to catch up with Sarah again, as she and her daughter Tara were flying out to Japan the next day from Cairns. We also met up with Nat, an old friend from Uni that was up from Adelaide on holiday. We met them all at the ‘Salt House’ and had a drink, then Nat came back to the boat and stayed too long drinking red wine! lol
The morning we departed we did an early run to Rusty’s market to stock up on fruit and vegetables. We took a time picking out produce that looked the freshest and would last the longest, as we will have little chance of purchasing fresh fruit and veg for the next four weeks.
A final shipshape of the boat and we were on our way north once again with thoughts of islands, cays and reefs to snorkel.
AUD – Australian Dollar written as $
Cairns Marlin Marina – for more information visit their website – Cairns Marlin Marina
What – Fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, fresh breads, diary, seafood, clothing, jewellery, coffee, chocolate and much more.
Hours – Friday & Saturday 05:00 – 18:00 / Sunday 05:00 – 15:00
Address – 57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Website – Rusty’s Markets
The Cairns Esplanade
The Cairns Esplanade is a 2.5km stretch of foreshore. The esplanade is an area that encompasses parklands, playgrounds, Lagoon and recreational facilities including volleyball, fitness stations and skate park. There are more than 10 barbecue areas and several playgrounds including Muddy’s which is a splash playground and parkland.
Cost – FREE enter to the esplanade, facilities and activities.
Webpage – The Cairns Esplanade
Fitness on The Esplanade
Cost – Free
Hours – Monday – Saturday at various times (see link below)
Activities – activities include yoga, pilates, zumba and aqua zumba
Webpage – (for a current timetable) Active Living – Fitness on the Esplanade
Cost – Free
Hours – Thursday to Tuesday (including public holidays) 06:00 – 21:00 / Wednesday 12:00 – 21:00
Amenities – Showers and toilets
Website – (for more information) Cairns Lagoon
Cost – Free entry
Hours – Saturday 08:00 – 16:00
Stalls – jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and much more.
Cost – Free
What – electric barbecue plate(s), covered cooking area, table(s) shade, water available (at most BBQ areas)
Website – The Esplanade Barbecues
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