Cairns, Australia

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Cairns, Australia….oh how I love thee. If you ever visit Australia, you have to go to Cairns! It’s a neat little touristy city, but they have the rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, and animals you hardly ever see except on T.V.! I was in Cairns for three days for the internship orientation. We stayed at Gilligan’s, a five-star hostel. Below are some pictures from my room in Cairns and some from around town.

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RainForeStation in Kuranda was pretty dadgum awesome! We saw all the wildlife native to Australia, plus I got to pet a kangaroo, wallaby and hold a koala! We also got to go into the rainforest and see all the vegetation. Below are some pictures from there.

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The best adventure in Cairns was getting to go to the Great Barrier Reef! It was about a two-hour boat ride there, but when we arrived there was an island we could snorkel from and hang out on. I pretty much snorkeled the entire time. The coral is really beautiful and all the brightly colored fish are breath-taking. I also saw a sting-ray and a sea turtle. At lunch time, we went back to the boat to eat and then went out for round two of snorkeling. This time I snorkeled off the back of the boat so I’d be at a different part of the reef. I saw some different fish than before and another sea turtle. This one I stalked for a bit though. 🙂 Me and two other girls split the cost of an underwater camera and some of those pictures are below.

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I still can’t believe this is all real and that I saw one of the seven natural wonders of the world and held a koala! Most definitely an experience I will never forget!!

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About Chelsey Ahrens

I currently work for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in the Animal Science Department. I'm the Specialty Livestock/Youth Education Specialist. I have a Ph.D. in agricultural communications from Texas Tech, a master's in agricultural leadership from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's in animals science from the University of Arkansas. I love all things agriculture, particularly livestock. I also like to bake, cook, can, sew, and play with my dog child, Shooter.

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