The Many Faces of Cairns.
Trip Start Sep 14, 2011
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We say action, but we could pretty much sum up our first 3 days with the following phrases:
Jetlag: Wow did this hit us hard. We thought we were so smart on the plane with our staggered-sleep plan but apparently we were just as retarded as ever.
Sunshine: For those of you who missed the one day of British summer, come to Cairns. Immediately. 25-30 degrees of perfect sunshine.
Goon-hangovers: Goon is basically cheap, boxed Australian wine
Germans: They're actually everywhere. We believe around 63% of the entire German population are currently in Australia.
Cairns is such an incredibly relaxed city that it's easy to forget that it's the one place in Australia where the Reef meets the Jungle. This was fully taken advantage of as we booked ourselves onto tours for the 19th and 20th, using our newfound free time to soak up the weather on the Esplanade and wander around relatively aimlessly as Martin, Nick, and apparently most other travellers do best.
Sidenote - if you ever come to Australia, bring money. All of your money.
Off we head into the Daintree rainforest! Picked up at 8am by 'Gus the Bus' and Cousin Brad (Ahh, Australia), we kick everything off at Boulders Gorge. There was a pretty awesome Aboriginal story behind the nature at this place, but pictures rather than words will have to make do for this spot.
Moving on shortly after our legs had been entirely swamped with the hell that are Marsh Flies, Josephine Falls were next up. Having been assured there was nothing that could kill us lurking (unusual for Australia) we jumped into the pool below the waterfall.
5 hours had already screamed by, even more so after lunch at the appropriately named 'Mr Lunch's House' in the Tablelands.
And who the hell said you shouldn't swim straight after you eat? Millaa Millaa falls was only 5 minutes away; the waterfall of Peter Andre video and Herbal Essences advert fame. What a fortunate place. A refreshing swim under the waterfall later, on we go again to Lake Eacham at sunset - a lake formed in a volcano.
Last but not least, a Platypus hunt. Now this will appear to you as a small brown-ish splodge in a slightly lighter brown river, and to be honest we didn't see a whole lot more. But seeing as less than 2% of Australians have ever seen one, we'll take it!
Put simply, what a day
Another long and highly anticipated day ahead of us - snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef!
Never realised we'd have to take a boat 40km and two hours out into the the Coral Sea just to see it, we genuinely believed we'd just be swimming there from the beach. 40km could well have killed us. Rather obviously though it was more than worth our time!
The coral is just insane, it almost looks like it was purposefully designed. So many incredible textures and vivid colours all within a metre of your reach (but don't touch it! NEVER touch it).
Oyster Reef and Upolo Reef were both like walking into the film set of Finding Nemo - we naturally assume now that this was a documentary rather than a film.
Unforunately we weren't able to waterproof our cameras for the dives, but we're pretty sure Google can let you see everything we did. You just get lovely images of Martin and Nick on a boat, sorry about that.
So! Next up we're onto Townsville and Magnetic Island, travelling along with Lena (Germany) and Andrew (USA). Cairns, you have been good to us, and we thank you.