Not going to lie I was very sad leaving NZ and even contemplated staying and working a bit I liked it’s much, but decided to keep going and keep the flights I had and see what new adventures were waiting for me.
Greeted off the plane with 30degrees heat helped me cheer up! Finally a bit of sun, think I’m getting paler since I started travelling!!
I got the free shuttle to my hostel Gilligans, right in the centre of town. I couldn’t check In yet so I decided to go straight across the road to Peter Pans to book my East coast trip. Definately not as easy as I thought. I’m doing it at the busiest and most expensive time of year lucky me!! So lots of things were booked or limited spaces. I was lucky I was on my own or I wouldn’t have had a hope! Finally after a few hours I managed to put together a trip that would get me to Sydney by Xmas with plenty of trips and activities along the way.
I just about fit in a grocery shop and a walk around Cairns before cooking and bed as I was up very early in the morning for scuba diving.
Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef had to be done. I went with Deep Sea Divers, they were very good and professional but the boat was crazy overloaded and so was a bit squashy, also there was a lot of hidden costs like to have a guide on ur dive was an extra 15dollars per dive even though I was certified. So not really sure what the other 140dollars was for, the lunch was gorgeous but not worth that much!
At least the diving was beautiful though and I’m starting to get the hang of this scuba diving thing now! 🙂
It was a full day trip with two dives so definately felt it when I got back. Staying I’m Gilligans I wasn’t going to get away with staying in again. Divers got free cider then ladies got free champagne in Gilligans bar so it was a good night!
Up early again the next morning for a bus tour to Port Douglas, Mossoman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. Overall the tour was very disappointing. We say Port Douglas at 8am when everything was closed and we were very rushed, gorge was nice but again rushed and Cape Tribulation was fab but again not much time there.
We also did a crocodile cruise which was ok we saw one crocodile. My last day in Cairns was probably my favourite. Went to the local fruit and veg markets after a long walk on the promenade, which were so fresh and cheap so that was a good breakfast day! 🙂 Then it was lagoon time. The man made lagoon in Cairns is beautiful such a good idea.
We spent a few hours there soaking up the sun and having a swim before going back to the hostel for lunch and continuing our ray catching at the hostel pool.
Tunes pumping and drink offers all day made a really good vibe so we stayed there for the evening. Eventually I had to go cook and pack up everything for my early Greyhound bus in the morning.
Cairns is a gorgeous town just pick the tours wisely 🙂