So it was boyfriend’s birthday a few days ago and I had decided to surprise him with a surprise trip to Queensland.
Well, the surprise was a bungee jump at the AJ Hackett site in Cairns and then going around for 3 days on a road trip.
We arrived on a Thursday night in Cairns and stayed 2 nights in the Travellers Oasis hostel. I had booked a double room and we were surprisingly surprised of how nice the hostel was. We had a little balcony with a hammock which made it so quirky.
Boyfriend jumped on the Friday morning. The site of the jump is lovely and the staff are really making you comfortable before it.
We then headed to Kuranda. Our aim was to see the markets and head on the train but unfortunately, the train was closed for maintenance and so most of the shops were closed. Not our lucky day!
We went to see the Barron Falls. November is the start of the rainy season but it was still pretty dry when we were there, so the falls were not as impressive at in the rain season. The walk to the falls is really nice, immersing you in the rainforest. Highly recommend!
On our second day, we went for a bit of walk in Cairns as we still hadn’t seen the esplanade. It was interesting but we are a lot more towards nature so we stayed for a short while before heading to Mossman Gorge, the entry of the Daintree rainforest national park.
We were recommended by the lady from our next B&B to take the bus and then do the loop walk before going in the natural pools.
The loop walk is only 2km but with the humidity and the heat (it was abour 32 degrees and 70% humidity), it was probably the two longest kms ever haha. The walk itself is really interesting, learning about the tree, the aboriginals links etc
The swim in the natural pools is a great reward and you can stay and chill for a bit there.
We headed to our B&B – Mossman Gorge B&B – a recommended B&B if you like nature and birds, we loved it – and got a deserved quiet night listening to nature.
Who says Queensland coast, says Great Barrier Reef. I had found an alternative tour away from the crowds with Brettos from Windswell Kitesurfing. So we spent the morning snorkeling around Low Isles. Low Isles is part of the Inner Reef, and as first timers at the Reef, we were absolutely amazed by the variety of the corals, the fishes and we even swam with turtles 🙂
With then headed to Snapper Island, where Brettos anchored the boat while we were stand up paddling around. Snapper Island is semi-desert island in shape of a crocodile with beaches made out dead coral.
We stayed on the island for a picnic lunch and then headed for a bit of walk while Brettos while talking about the region.
The tour ended on the Mossman Gorge River for us (unfortunately we didn’t see any crocodiles).
This tour is not for everybody – zodiac boat, exercise all day and nothing luxury – but if you’re after a chilled day with a local and enjoy talking surfing, kite surfing, local preservation etc, then Brettos is your guy!
Finally, we wanted to head to Cape Trib on the last day, but I was wrecked as I was driving, and so decided to discover the beaches around. Besides, Cape Trib you can’t swim in the sea at that time of the year due to the jellyfishes. Below are a few pictures of the beaches we explored.
WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD?!?!
The weekend was not aimed at food discovery, but we got some good little places we’d recommend
- Lillipad Cafe – I had the French Toast and boyfriend the muesli
- Perrota’s Art Gallery – the setting is lovely, the food a bit more fancy but as yummy!
- The Tin Shed – a type of RSL by the marina. Both of us gotthe pork and scallops.
Hope this will inspire / help you and that you’ll enjoy a trip in Queensland!