Life in the tropics: Initial observations from a city girl


So it hasn’t even been a week yet and I know how to get around Cairns Town. Yep – I’m zipping around the streets like I’ve been here years and years. And years. No GPS required. No iPhone Maps. No stopping for directions.

Trust me. It’s that small.

But it’s Oh So Pretty. And the people are Oh So Lovely.

Country folk are like that, you see.

Anyway, so I thought I would whip up a short post about my first impressions of life in the tropics. First impressions involving cocktails that have rightfully taken TOP SPOT.

Cairns folk can rockety-rock a cocktail


My. Oh. My. I had a mint and lychee daiquiri and My. Oh. My. It was part frozen, very alcoholic, thirst quenching, and very alcoholic.

It was delicious.

Cairns folk wear hooded jumpers in the morning

Okay so it’s been 20 degrees each morning at around 8 and the locals are evidently cold. Some wear hooded jumpers, some wear trackies. Granted, they stop at gloves and scarves, but I’m really not understanding anything fleece in a climate that turns HOTTY HOT HOT at 9am. Sharp.

Today, I realised my girls needed new summer pyjamas because unexpected move and there are none to be found in any shop in the town of Cairns. It’s 30 bloody degrees and they don’t sell summer pyjamas in a winter that resembles summer.

In fact, they’ve replaced summer pyjamas with fluffy robes and ugg boots.

So the question is: Are these people certifiably insaneOr just unreasonably, unfathomably and genuinely cold?

Cairns peeps - this Sushi is amaze balls #freeplug

Cairns peeps – this Sushi is amaze balls #freeplug

Cairns folk do good sushi

Lots of talented Japanese in this town and they OWN the Australian sushi trade. Fresh, imaginative and delicious sushi rolls that will rock your world.



Cairns folk are a multicultural bunch

My girls’ new school has Italian, Ugandan, Scottish, Aboriginal, Sri Lankan, Korean and Japanese educators. The kids are are just as varied in ethnicity and I think it’s absolutely wonderful. I want my children to learn about cultures of the world from a young age and I want them grow up knowing and embracing people of every colour, background and walk of life.

Honourable mentions

- It’s stinking hot in the day. And it’s winter. I fear for my hair in summer. #frizz

- Cairns does good nails #ItsAGirlThing

- I am pleasantly surprised at the standard of coffee (sorry to be judgey, Cairns). It’s good, excellent, even. Except for the place that charged us $5.50 for a takeaway cappuccino #RipOff

- The MYER sucks. Really bad. I’m hoping I find some pretty excellent boutiques when I find actual time to shop. And if I don’t, I’m sure my husband will be happy because less shopping. #ButTheresAlwaysOnlineSozHub

- Rusty’s, the fruit and veg market, is the bomb. I even bought myself a new cart to take with me so I can look like a local. Oh, and the strawberries are stupendous #buylocal

So there you have it! Have you been to Cairns or FNQ? Or are you a local yourself? What juicy Cairns secrets can you divulge?

All comments read, appreciated and responded to. So thank you x
  • Pinky Poinker

    There is a lot of arguing between Townsville and Cairns as to which is better. I’m a Townsville girl but love Cairns. It’s so much prettier.

    • Kat Caravella – Mamma’s Vida

      I haven’t been to Townsville yet but I plan to! Hoping next time you’re up we get to catch up for a cheeky wine or cocktail xx

      • Pinky Poinker

        We aren’t likely to be going up in the near future but if you come down here you had better call me for a drink or coffee, girl! That would be fun! I’ve a very lovely cousin in Cairns :)

  • Noelene

    We have just been to Cairns for 10 day holiday .we loved it .good luck with your new start in FNQ.Loved all the food options ,liked the coffee at the art gallery cafe Noelene.

    • Kat Caravella – Mamma’s Vida

      It really is a lovely place, hey! The coffee at the art gallery is my FAVE – perottas, and that’s where my cocktail is from! Thank you for your well wishes xx

  • Jo

    Lol love this! Plenty I’ll show you, my hidden gems! Xxx

    • Kat Caravella – Mamma’s Vida

      Good! Show, show xx

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