We have been down under for four days now! The trek here was long but it wasn’t as rough as you would think 30+ hours of travelling would be. Its so hard to believe we are actually here, in the Southern Hemisphere!
We arrived in Sydney at 8 am local time on Sunday after flying overnight for 15 hours. The flight was a breeze! We upgraded to exit row for some extra leg room and that was a choice I would definitely recommend for a flight this long. As it turns out, we were very well fed on the plane. We had three meals including breakfast right before we landed.
Once we had arrived in Sydney, we needed to transfer to the domestic terminal as we had one more flight to catch up north to Cairns. Our layover was about 4-5 hours long, so we had lunch in a little cafe before going through security and checking our bags. We learned very quickly that our trip was going to entail lots of pastries!
We arrived on our JetStar flight in Cairns Sunday evening around 5 pm. At this time, I was incredibly thankful to find out that Australia has Uber! It is seriously my favourite concept. All you have to do is download the app and request your ride! The app tracks how long it will take your car to get there and gives you a fare estimate every time. The fare is always cheaper than a cab! The best part is the drivers are local so they know a lot about the city and are really great to talk to!
For accommodations in Cairns, we went with a condo that I found on airbnb (my second favourite travel site). Airbnb allows you to rent other people’s places for however long or short you want! You can rent shared spaces, private rooms, or entire homes through their website. We always rent an entire home so that we can have our privacy and have access to the kitchen to cook some of our own meals.
The first full day in Cairns was spent walking around the Esplanade which consisted of lots of little shops and restaurants. We did a short stint sunbathing and people watching at the swimming lagoon but by 3 pm the sun was in full swing and it was incredibly hot even for their autumn. We had dinner at a schnitzel place (first time I’d ever had and 👌🏼👌🏼) in the Esplanade before making our way to The Woolshed for drinks.
On Tuesday we were up early to grab breakfast before we headed out on our reef tour! The bus picked us up right by our condo and took us on an hour long drive up to Port Douglas where we boarded the vessel. We booked our snorkel tour online through Quicksilver Group. The catamaran took about 1.5 hours to get to the pontoon where we docked and got our snorkel gear on. We were able to snorkel on our own in the practice area before going out on our guided tour. While snorkelling we saw all kinds of cool fish and different coral formations. We even saw massive clams and clown fish! The snorkelling was great – it was so cool to see a wonder of the world up close and personal! After we got back from our tour it was about 6 pm. Marty and I fell asleep for the night not long after we got back – we didn’t even have supper!
Since we were in bed so early, that meant we were up early. After 9 years of holidays together, Marty and I have never been up to see the sunrise 😂 we changed that on this trip! We went for a run down to the Esplanade and grabbed a coffee to watch the sunrise. It was relatively cloudy so the view wasn’t the best but at least we made it. We spent our last morning in Cairns walking up and down the boardwalk along the water, stopping for fresh juice and smoothies. I was fortunate enough to have the most amazing waffles for lunch! Drizzled in chocolate and topped with bananas and vanilla ice cream for dipping. I can die happy now!
Our time in Cairns has come to and end. Marty and I are currently waiting to board our plane onto the next adventure. This city has so many unique places and we were lucky enough to check some of them out. I can’t wait to see more of this amazing country! Next stop: Surfer’ Paradise 🏄🏼♀️🤙🏼
Thanks for reading even though this wasn’t a beauty post! I barely wore makeup in Cairns because it was so hot and I was working on my tan😎 Stay tuned for my travel beauty essentials!