Megan and I spent the past couple of days in Cairns which is along the east coast in Queensland. It is a super fun, beach town. While there we went out to the Great Barrier Reef, explored the Rainforest and cuddled a koala. It was a trip full of some of Australia's best things.
We arrived late Tuesday night so the fun didn't begin until Wednesday morning. We left our hostel at 7:20am and headed to the boat that took us out to the reef. The tour was great!! The boat took us 50 km offshore where we stopped for our first scuba diving and snorkeling adventure. After a quick briefing of things to do and not to do while diving, they gave us our equipment and sent us off with our guides. I was PUMPED to scuba dive but little did I know that it would be the scariest moment of my life. My goggles weren't on right so I couldn't see, I kept forgetting to breathe out of my mouth and all I could think about was how my life was controlled by a backpack full of oxygen. It was like every nightmare I have ever had of drowning coming true. So after 10 minutes of being 10m under the sea my goggles popped off and I signaled for my guide to send me up. I felt like my life made sense again when I reached the water surface! It was a good experience and I am glad I did it. Maybe one day I'll give it another try.
We had lunch after diving and then the crew took the boat further out on the reef where Megan and I spent the afternoon snorkeling. I did LOVE snorkeling!!! It was one of the most incredible things I have ever done. The fish were such bright, neon colors and the actual reef was insane. It blows my mind that it is a living organism! The reef has over 1500 species of fish living in it. So crazy. We saw honeycomb rockfish, knobby black cucumbers, a giant clam and many other types of sea creatures.
Thursday we headed out to the Rainforest. Megan and I took a skyrail over the rainforest which was wonderful. I loved how everywhere we looked we saw trees and mountains. It was so intense!
The gondola stopped at different spots where you could get off and walk through the rainforest. On one of the walks we saw the Barron Falls. It was beautiful.
And at the other stop, we saw this not so beautiful, creepy crawler. AHHH!
Butterflies landed on us.
This pesky bird tried to steal my ponytail.
However, the best part by far was cuddling this sweet little koala named Maya. I think my life is a little better from this moment:).
Our last day there, Friday, we laid out at the free, public pool. This is probably one the best parts of the actual town, Cairns. So many people were there swimming, laying out in the sun and enjoying the fantastic day.
Although it was a short trip, I have come back much tanner and much happier. As many of my friends here have said, "Cairns is just a magical place." I would have to agree.