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.
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.
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.
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!!