The entire family really enjoyed the city of Cairns, Australia. Our hotel was situated right across from a massive park that had everything from a restaurant and zip-line, to water features and work out equipment. Our place also had a great balcony and view of the bay and the boats. We walked the trails alongside the water, listening to all the tropical birds and were able to catch the market and listen to Natalie’s favorite new band, “The Geckos” live, featuring 5 children ages 8 to 12 years old rocking all the newest pop hits. We splashed in the massive public pool situated right alongside the ocean and bay, since the city wanted a safe place for folks to gather and the tidal area could have possible salt water crocodiles that may make things difficult to explore. It reminded me of college in Santa Barbara (without the crocs) where everyone was sunbathing, picnicking and listening to different local music performers. Natalie loved making friends at yet another park that featured a giant fig tree and treehouse. We also discovered great fish and chips as well as an extreme zip-line course located on the top floors of a casino that featured traveling over a huge 14 foot long live crocodile. I’m not sure how our next stop in Port Douglas will be able to top this.