Arriving in Cairns, which is located in the Northern tip of Queensland, we are definitely paying the price for our gorgeous calm sea day yesterday. Cairns is located in a tropical rain forest and this is the wet season. Well the weather didn’t disappoint, as we experienced the equivalent of a monsoon.
As we docked in Cairns, this was my first view of the shore OMG !! Viking have taken us to heaven, with a brewery at the bottom of the gangway. Life just doesn’t get any better.
We were scheduled to dock in Brisbane at 08:00, departing at 17:00, but last evening we received another “Bing Bong” on the P/A system, throughout the ship. Due to the inclement weather, Brisbane Pilots would not board during the hours of darkness, so not boarding about 05:30 put us alongside at 11:00. To facilitate the tours and crew and pax to enjoy the port, the Captain delayed departure until 21:00.
This post will cover our time ashore and the evening aboard ship. I will do a separate post for the arrival photos.
Our first choice of long tour outside the city was the Blue Mountains, but with the recent fires, we were advised that they weren’t their usual pristine tourist attraction. Therefore, we cancelled the Blue Mountain tour, switching to the Hunter Valley.
Read on to enjoy our wine tasting escapades.