Reached Cairns at around 1600 hours and were greeted by warm and sunny weather. Some views from the plane:
Stayed at the Koala Court Serviced Apartments. The owners here were extremely nice and friendly. Helped us book a couple of tours for the next two days.
|Sign out front|
Went to the Night Markets that evening but didn’t find anything that caught our eye. Even for pictures.
Did the Kuranda Scenic Tour on Sunday. Went to Kuranda by train.
Saw some wonderful scenery on the way.
Reached Kuranda around 1130. And were ravenous. Visited the Windmill Cafe for a yummy lunch (with good vegetarian options for the Parents).
|Smoked salmon and eggs benedict|
Walked along the main street and checked out some of the markets. Found some interesting things on sale.
Visited the Koala and wildlife sanctuary with some Aussie favourites.
Cuddled a Koala. And missed Pebbles and Buttons while doing so.
|Not the one we cuddled but one that was asleep|
Headed back through the main town centre towards the skyrail around 2:30.
On the skyrail by 3 and got some amazing views of the landscape.
Touched down in 15 minutes. Got back to the apartment by bus around 4:30. Exhausted.
Day 2 was a tour to the Great Barrier Reef. More specifically, the outer reef. We went through Reef Magic cruises.
Some of the views on the way to the reef:
At the reef, we connected to Marine World. And got ready for some snorkelling.
|My sis and me|
Touched Wally the fish and had my photo taken. Saw beautiful marine life of various colours. Reminded me of the movie Finding Nemo.
|Me with Wally|
|Fish that reminded me of Dory|
Mum and dad didn’t snorkel. Instead, they had a tour on the glass bottom boat and the semi-submersible to see the marine life.
Had hours of fun. Returned back to shore around 5 p.m. Tired. But happy.
Walked along the Esplanade. Back to Koala Court Apartments.
Left next morning at 8:30 to catch the plane to Brisbane. Wishing that I had booked more days at Cairns as we didn’t explore most of it. At the same time knowing I can go back some day.
So yes, Cairns was a delight. The natural beauty is breath-taking. Apart from this, tourists can also visit Port Douglas and the Daintree rainforest. Just so you know, the underwater photos were taken by the people running the cruise and we purchased our photos and some of the marine life.
Stay tuned for the Brisbane and Melbourne tales.
Until next time,