Far North Queensland.
I have done a fair amount of travel over the past five years. Going to Europe and back several times, exploring different countries and cultures. Learning about history, and making some lifelong friends. All of which I want to share with my fellow Voyager’s ! However to start off with I wanted to show you what I’ve discovered in my own backyard… well two hours north of my actual backyard, but you get the gist !
Hello to beautiful Cairns, and far north Queensland 🙂
In the past couple of weeks I’ve visited Cairns twice and have been lucky enough to explore different parts of The Great Barrier Reef. There are no words that can properly describe how beautiful the reef actually is. Seeing it with my own eyes underwater and from the air is one of my ‘wow’ moments in life. The Great Barrier Reef is rated one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and is the largest coral reef in the world spanning 2300km, that can even be seen from space. After the release of Walt Disney and Pixar’s ‘Finding Nemo’ in 2003, which was based on the reef and in Sydney, all I wanted to do was see the reef for myself and explore. I’m sure everyone’s the same after watching it ha!
Other than the reef, the chilled-out life style and lovely people really make visiting Cairns all worth it. I went out with one of the many companies up here that offer day trips to the reef, where heaps of activities can be enjoyed. Scuba diving for the first time was a little scary, getting used to breathing through the mouth piece whilst deep underwater. And then snorkeling and chasing fishies was too good !
It’s really a whole new world down there. So much to see and explore. My photos don’t do it any justice colour wise. It’s so bright and vibrant in person, and way more fish than captured. If I could, I would spend all my days here living in the underwater world.
As my passion and love for this beautiful reef grew, I decided I wanted to see it from the air. By doing so I realized how small we actually were and how much life there is in the sea that we have no idea about. It’s a weird feeling.
This last photo is of Green Island, one of nine hundred islands that are among The Great Barrier Reef. I was fortunate enough to explore this island and it’s tranquil beaches. This is where another ‘wow’ moment was had… I saw a turtle ! An actual turtle ! All my Finding Nemo dreams came true after that moment haha.
Whilst up here, I wanted to make the most of it and visit another well known holiday destination called Port Douglas. It’s about an hour drive further north from Cairns and is known for its beautiful four mile beach, relaxing spa’s and Great Barrier Reef activities.
I can’t believe it took me so long to get my butt up here to see all the stunning sites and explore. Highly recommended !!
Next will be showing you my adventures around Europe 🙂