My awesome friends made the journey to Australia for a week and a half. I met them in Cairns, where we stayed about 25 minutes North in Palm Cove. It was a beautiful city along the coast. We stayed in an Airbnb that was only about a 3 minute walk down to the beach. The water along this coast contains a lot of jellyfish and crocodiles, so unfortunately you can't swim wherever you want. There are designated swimming areas that are netted off, with a lifeguard on duty. While in Cairns, we went on a hike in the Daintree Rainforest, hit Port Douglas beach, went scuba diving and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, and ate amazing food. After 3 days of soaking up the sun, we flew to Newcastle and stayed there for a few days and lastly went down to Sydney.
Carins scuba & snorkeling excursion
After Cairns we went to Newcastle where I showed them around my campus and we spent a couple days exploring the city. We went to Nobby's and Newcastle beach, Bogey Hole, ate fish and chips at The Queens Wharf, followed by The Depot for a freak shake...YUM. Unfortunately since it was the rainy season, it never failed to rain everyday they were here, but we made the most of it!
We ended their stay with a trip to Sydney for a few days where we explored the city, went on a Blue Mountains hike, and again ate some really delicious food! For lunch during our Blue Mountains hike, we stopped at a cafe that is famous for their kangaroo burgers... and boy was it good!
Blue Mountains hike- a VERY foggy one
|I received the best glut workout of my life from this hike. SO many stairs...Ha.|
|Three Sisters rock formation|