Cairns: Great Barrier Reef – Tick (part 2)

And the journey continues….

Day 4, we decided to walk around Port Douglas and see what this fuss is about. I found it to be like a resort town that is very touristy and expensive. if you are young or young at heart just do a day trip and tick it off the list. 😉 Every night was like fine dining when all we wanted was a simple burger and a drink. :/ But the town itself was beautiful, full of blue and white.Port douglad esplanade

Port douglas

Port douglas

The marina was especially amazing with white yachts and boats with a frame full of blue water and clear blue sky. Cafes and shops around on timber decks looking onto the marina.

Port douglas marina

Reef cruises

reef cruises

Port douglas station

Then we headed back to Cairns with a little stop over at Palm Cove. Another little tourist town full of activity.

Palm cove

Palm cove pier

Day 6 was our big day. Woke up early morning and walked to the Cairns marina watching the sun rise above us, lined up and got into our ride to the Great Barrier Reef. After some fruits and coffee we were on our way. It was sunny and a lovely day so I was wearing shades and after about half hour of messy hair, flying dresses and splashes of water I took the shades away and looked behind us. The view took my break away!! We were in the middle of the ocean and the COLOUR of the ocean was AMAAAAZING!! it was such a deep blue and was sooooo beautiful.

We were closing up on the reef and the colours were even more amazing. I was so excited. 🙂 We stopped right in the middle of the ocean and it was time to jump in. It was our first time and so we were really nervous. But with life jackets on we jumped in and came face to face with a barracuda! Turn out he was a friendly one that comes everyday when the boat stops. 🙂 But it was still weird staring at each other underwater! 🙂 Unfortunately I didn’t have an underwater camera to show you the size and colours of the fish that swam around us and with us.

Great barrier reef

After a good hour in the water it was lunch time with a buffet of prawns, smoked salmon, chicken, salads and bread. So yum especially in the middle of nowhere. 🙂 And we were off to location number 2. This time it was a sand cay, another part of the reef. We were taken to the cay by a glass bottom boat and we all got to stand in the middle of nowhere and swim slowly into the water where there are corals and fish everywhere. We snorkelled the *&^% out of snorkelling! :)) We saw a nemo, a sting ray and so many fishes and their little caves and homes and all sort of corals. It was amazing and I’d happily spend every day just doing that.

Great Barrier reef

Sand clays in great barrier reef

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Cairns: Exploring Rainforests – Tick (part 1)

This time off we go to Cairns in far north Queesland. Cairns was full of things. You name it, they have it. From jumping off planes to jumping off towers, swimming with the fishies to swimming in a man made lagoon pool, cruising through some oldest rainforests to swinging from tree to tree, they have it all.

Cairns is bustling with tourists from all over the world and the heart of the town has so much to offer. The esplanade, the marina, amazing night markets and good food. But as always if you want to explore you should hire a car and just drive everywhere. Which was what we did.

cairns esplanadeserenity

Road trip! Day 1 we went ‘fall hunting’. It was raining and gloomy but we braved the weather and drove south from cairns to Milla Milla Falls which was so calm with crystal clear water and nobody around. Perfect place to jump in we thought. But the water was freezing cold so unfortunately we didn’t. The circuit has two more falls, Zillie and Ellinjaa but we only saw Zillie as it was cold and wet and started raining again. With a bit of disappointment we came back to Cairns.

milla milla fallszillie falls

cairns road trips milla milla falls zillie falls

Day 2, we were off to Port Douglas. The drive was beautiful with acres and acres of sugar cane fields and then beaches. We did few stopovers as we do always and it was just us and the nature, AMAZING!

tropical beachon the way to port douglaspalm cove beach

We did an interesting stop over at a Hartley’s Crocodile adventures. They have a farm that provides croc skin to Louis Voutton! Sad really. Also we met ‘Paul’ the giant cattle eating 4.6m resident croc. He was scary!

Crocodile skin

crocodile paul the giant crocDSC_8331 crocodile river tour

And another secluded beach.

rocks and beachsecluded beach

Day 3, we had big plans for this day. It started off with a trip to Mosman Gorge, popular swimming hole set amongst lush green tress. This time even though the water was still freezing we jumped in. 🙂

Mosman GorgeMosman Gorge walking track

Mosman Gorge walking track Mosman Gorge walking track Mosman Gorge and the rainforest swimming in mosman gorge

Then only the real drive began, to Daintree and Cape tribulation. Daintree rainforest is the largest in Australia and one of the oldest in the world. We got to drive through it, sometime with the rainforest on one side and the beach on the other. An experience like no other. We drove up to Cape tribulation, which is located within the Daintree National Park and the furthest point you can drive without a 4WD. Cape tribulation is also known as the place where the reef meets the rainforest, the one and only in the world! We watched the sunset at Cape Tribulation and called it a day. 🙂

Cape tribulationCapr tribulationsunset at cape tribulation

The best is yet to come. Great Barrier Reef! (jumping up and down with excitement) 🙂 That’s my next post as I didn’t want to bombard you with photos.