Travel Update: CAIRNS

November 24, 2015
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I finally made it to Australia. After years of wishing and waiting, all my dreams finally came true.

I spent 16 days traveling from New Zealand to Cairns to Brisbane to Sydney and then back to New Zealand. I’m exhausted but so so so happy. I’m already itching to go back and do more exploring.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

So I hopped on a plane and headed to Cairns, where I met and stayed with Georgia and Mikaela. They are both from Nelson (I lived with Georgia for two weeks before she left) and have been working in Cairns the past few months.

The adventure started as soon as we walked in the door to their flat. A cockroach scurried along the kitchen counter – we immediately screamed bloody murder and locked ourselves in their room. Unfortunately no room was safe, as I walked into a spider hanging from the ceiling about five minutes later. After getting all settled and ready for bed, I sprawled out onto the bed and continued chatting with the girls. All the sudden they both had OMG panic faces – apparently they had just watched a baby cockroach crawl across my arm. Needless to say, I couldn’t sleep that night.

treesFriday, October 30, 2015

We were up early on Friday so the girls could sell their car, we pick up a rental from Wicked Campers and then the girls gave me a wee tour Cairns. We made it to Rusty’s Markets, which is just endless rows of fresh produce (so I was pretty much in heaven). After grabbing some essentials, we took a day trip to Palm Cove Beach. It was a bit cloudy, but I was on the beach so I can’t complain. Cairns is a huge backpackers town so we went out and danced the night away with people from all over the world.

Saturday. October 31, 2015

On Saturday, we went chasing waterfalls at Crystal Cascades (are you singing the song yet?). At first I was terrified something in the water was bound to eat me, but the girls were swimming without fear so I jumped in and hoped for the best.

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This is the first year in my entire life I have not celebrated Halloween. It was odd, yet strangely refreshing. It was nice to not have to come up with or spend a zillion dollars on a costume. I DID dress up though – in All Blacks gear, baby! The Rugby World Cup was down to Australia and New Zealand, so we put on some black clothes and paint, and headed for the casino. Unfortunately, Haley had a few too many vodkas (classic) and didn’t make it through the game, but it’s the thought that counts, right?


Sunday, November 1, 2015

It’s November, what what! This will be the fourth month of me living in New Zealand (whoa). After dragging ourselves out of bed, the girls and I swung by the market again to grab some food for the next two days. On our way out to Port Douglas, we saw the signs for AJ Hackett Bungy. We thought it would be a good idea to “go watch” people jump. After watching a guy do it once, panic set in. I was there and I knew I had to do it. I pretty much blacked out from anxiety for the next hour or so but here’s what I remember:

  • As soon as I made the decision I immediately started sweating.
  • They make you walk up stairs of death (maybe 20 flights) – didn’t help the sweating.
  • Mikaela went first and had a trainee tie her up (omg).
  • After they tie you up, you have to shuffle your feet over and hang your toes off the edge (my heart is even racing as I’m writing this, WOW).
  • The employees aren’t allowed to push you off (I asked…well, begged).
  • The feeling of leaning off the edge and slowly begin to free fall is THE WORST THING I HAVE EVER FELT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!! This is where I actually fully blacked out.
  • After I came back into consciousness and realised I was dangling mid-air, my arms were completely asleep and I pretty much had no control over my body – I’m actually surprised I didn’t piss myself.
  • Sweating more profusely than ever before.
  • Moral of the story: Never go bungy jumping.

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So after Mikaela and I physically, mentally and emotionally recovered from that terrible activity, we made our way to Port Douglas to have a picnic by the ocean. It was such a lovely little town, mostly because it has lots of fairy lights (my favourite because Christmas).

Monday, November 2, 2015

This is quite possibly one of the greatest days of my life. I went snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. I swam with a reef shark AND a turtle. We spent most of the day in the water, snorkelling around Moore Reef – the colours were vibrant and there were tons of different fish.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday was spent frantically packing and cleaning the room before we flew to Brisbane that afternoon.

Click here to read about our roadtrip from Brisbane to Sydney!


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