Cairns, AU – Sunday, Mar 9th, 2014

I meet mom and dad for the 2 mile walk to the Cairns Botanic Gardens. It is a very warm and humid day. The walk is very flat to the gardens but the curb cutouts are very bad, too steep and big lips from the street to the start of the cutout. It takes about 45 minutes to walk there and we enter from Greenslopes Street. We go through the bamboo collection to the gardens visitor center stopping at the Tanks Art Center along the way. The wheel from the Greenslopes entrance to the gardens entrance is pretty flat with a slight grade by the Tanks Art Center up to the visitor center.

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We start at Australia’s Gondwanan Evolution Garden. It is packed gravel and dirt to wheel on. I start at the end and go through the garden in reverse because this was is mostly downhill with a small uphill at the beginning.

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We then head to the Aboriginal Plant Use Gardens located in Flecker Gardens. This gardens gives information of the many uses of local plants by the local inhabitants. It has a slight uphill through the gardens and is also packed gravel and dirt. We continue through Flecker Gardens where the upper section by Goodwin Street and McCormack Street is not accessible. It has a very steep hill I need pushed up then steps up to another section.

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We came back through Flecker Gardens to Fitzalan Gardens. The wheel back had a slight downhill. Fitzaland Gardens is flat. We start back to Greenslopes Street through the Rainforest Boardwalk to Centenary Lakes. The entire boardwalk is flat but the wheel around Centenary Lakes is packed gravel.

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We make the trek back to the city center and stop at Rattle n Hum for a beer before checking in at TUSA T6 dive shop. The weather is supposed to be ok for diving Tuesday and right now they have 40 spots open. So we are going to check back Monday on the weather and book our diving. Cairns Tourist Info Center is in the same building unit as TUSA. We talk with Natalie about a tour to Kuranda. The train to Kuranda is accessible and the Skyrail down is somewhat accessible. I will have to get help on as I did on the gondola in Queenstown, NZ. She offers to have a cab pick me up at my hostel but they will be using a small mini bus to pick me up. Since I’ve done many mini buses, I decline the offer. We book Kuranda for Monday with an 8:30am pick up. We head back to Rattle n Hum for dinner and after I hit Gillian’s again before going back to the hostel.

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