My first post from the Australia Trilogy told you all about my adventures in Melbourne, catch up here if you haven’t already had a gander.
From Melbourne I flew up to Cairns to start heading south along with East Coast to end up in Sydney, stopping in Airlie Beach to pick up CLB who was going to join me for the final two and a bit weeks. From here on in the wonderful staff at Peterpans Adventure Travel had booked all my accommodation and travel via the Greyhound buses, and provided me with a itinerary detailing my pre-booked excursions and activities – pretty handy eh!
I’d say the only reason you’d go to Cairns (don’t shoot me but do correct me if I’m wrong) is to head out on a dive boat…there isn’t really much there other than that. I’d booked on a 2day/1night Liveaboard with Cairns Dive Centre, do note that if you are to do this particular excursion you need to already be a certified diver – I’d done a course in Kao Tao, Thailand a few years previous. Just as I did when I got my PADI, I suffered with really bad issues with equalising at depth and therefore couldn’t complete all of the dives around the Great Barrier Reef for the pain I was in just didn’t make it worth it. What a beautiful place to dive though, I’d highly recommend it. You can also do your PADI with CDC too so worth checking them out even if you aren’t already certified.
Cape Tribulation was the next stop where I headed out with Active Tropics Explorer on their overnight tour. The company provide a scenic coach drive from Cairns to Port Douglas. After lunch our group crossed the Daintree River and explored the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Next we headed onto the river for a wildlife cruise where I spotted a croc or two.
That night I stayed at the Cape Trib Beach House and explored the local beaches and watched the sunrise the following morning before our group was collected again, when we made our way to Mossman Gorge to meet local aboriginal people and swim in the refreshing waters.
The coach headed back to Cairns but on route I was dropped in Port Douglas for a one night stop at Dougies before grabbing a connection to Mission Beach where I stayed at the tranquil Jackaroo Treehouse hostel, went white water rafting on the Tully River with Ranging Thunder and completed a sky dive – an incredible experience but mighty scary too!
Magnetic Island was the next location on my journey, whilst staying at Base myself and some new friends sought out exotic animals at the Koala Village, including holding a snake for the first time – eek – saw wallaby’s in their natural environment, came across secret beaches and hired a jeep for further island adventures.