Oh Cairns, you’ll always have a special place in my heart. Some of my favourite memories were made in Cairns. Quite literally, a little island town with so many unique elements and of course, home to The Great Barrier Reef. Today it brings me great pleasure to bring you the ultimate guide to Cairns.
To clarify: We road tripped from Adelaide to Brisbane. We kept the car at Brisbane Airport and flew to Cairns. That drive between Brisbane & Cairns is 18 hours each way. It added far too much time onto our journey and logistically, didn’t make sense. For about $150 you can grab yourself a return ticket from Brisbane to Cairns.
// The Great Barrier Reef \\
This has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The Great Barrier Reef, one of the most iconic diving locations in the world. With the recent issues in global warming, The Barrier Reef has taken a hit and devastatingly, is dying.
We took a day trip with Passions For Paradise where we were on a luxury Catamaran for 9 hours. It takes around 2 hours to make it to the first location on the Outer Reef. You get a total of 3 hours diving time across 2 locations. Lunch catered to you with free diving equipment, including lessons. For $185 this was the perfect way to see The Barrier Reef. I feel so honoured I got to dive on the reef and it’s a memory I’ll cherish forever.
// Cairns Rainforest \\
Whenever I told anyone I would be visiting Cairns, everyone told me to visit the rainforest. You have 2 ways in which you can see the forest. Firstly you can take the gondola to the top, stopping at three different locations to explore the forest, the baron waterfalls and the local town. This cost us $82 which in my opinion, was rather steep.
The second way is via train. This is a much bigger trip, lasting way longer and going way deeper into the forest. With lunch taken care of, all you have to worry about is boarding the train and enjoying the scenery. This isn’t something we did but I have heard great things about it. I’ll leave a link >> HERE << so you can head over and check it out for yourself.
// Palm Cove \\
Other than the Barrier Reef & the Rainforest, there really isn’t much to do in Cairns. It’s a tiny little, island-vibe town that really hasn’t got much going on. It’s a pure tourist spot and unless you hire a car, you’re pretty stuck. For $40, we hired a car to get us around the town and to enable us to visit other beaches and waterfalls. This really was the perfect way of making the most of every day we had in Cairns.
Palm Cove is a short 45 minute drive out of town. A tiny little cove nestled north of Cairns, Palm Cove is the perfect destination for a beach day. The beautiful beaches, islands off the shore and palm trees lining the beach. What’s not to like? Oh wait, the signs up and down the beach warning you about the salt water crocodiles. Other than that, it’s perfect.
Like I said, I really loved my time up in Cairns. It was a great way for us to relax after being on the road for so long and The Great Barrier Reef takes top spot of things to do in Australia. I think I’ll have to create a post of the top 5 things I did… it’s just too hard to decide!
| By Harrison |