Caitlin- Cairns Excursion
This weekend I was able to make it to northern Queensland to Cairns, the city famous for the Great Barrier Reef! This is a trip I had been hoping to make, so to say I was excited for it is an understatement. I had booked two tours; one to snorkel in the barrier reef, and one to the Daintree National Park. To make it even better, since Cairns is north from Sydney, it was actually warm weather!! And even better than that, Cairns does seafood extremely well, so don’t miss out on some fish and chips while there!
My first day in Cairns, I went on a cruise to Green Island to go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. I am scared of the ocean because of an experience I had as a child, so it took a lot of courage to go into the ocean, especially in Australia where there are a ton of deadly creatures. In order to see a lot of the barrier reef, you need to swim pretty far out. Unfortunately, I was not able to do that, so I only saw a fish and some sea grass while I was snorkeling, but I was certainly proud of myself for trying and making it as far out as I did. Luckily, I was able to take a trip on a submarine and see the reef, coral, various types of fish, a sea turtle, and other sea creatures. It was beautiful! While on the island, I also stopped by Marine World to see a crocodile feeding. If you have a chance to do this, I highly suggest it; the crocodiles are fascinating!
My second day in Cairns was spent on a tour to various places in the Daintree National Park, including Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, and Walu Wugirriga Alexandra Lookout. I really enjoyed walking through the rainforest and learning about the different plants there and the stories about how everything came to be in the National Park. From Alexandra Lookout, we were able to see the island where Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin tragically lost his life. It was a relaxing day, which again was a nice change from the business of Sydney.
If you have the chance to go to Cairns, don’t miss it!
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Posted by World Endeavors on July 31, 2018
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