Updated August 11, 2020.
It’s Faraway Friday! This week I’m jetting you off to one of the most memorable places I’ve ever been: Cairns, Australia. Where else can you hold a koala? Basically nowhere! Between the wildlife, the Great Barrier Reef, and the laid back feel of this coastal Australian town, Cairns is a place you just don’t forget!
10. Crocodile, Kangaroo, and Emu Meats
I love trying new foods! When I got the chance to try crocodile, kangaroo, and emu all in one sitting, I was ready! It was amazing.
Still hungry? What to Eat in Cairns
9. Fitzroy Island
This was a great day trip from Cairns. We took a smooth, scenic ferry ride, rented some snorkel gear for swimming, hiked around, and basically relaxed all day! If you head out to Cairns, I recommend a day trip to Fitzroy Island!
8. Coral Beaches
You’ve seen sand beaches, possibly in a variety of colors. Perhaps you’ve even seen rocky beaches. But not everywhere will you see beaches made of coral! It was pretty, but bring your shoes–it hurts to step on!
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7. Coming Face to Face with a Kangaroo
Do not approach a kangaroo in the wild, but definitely make sure you see them in Kuranda Koala Gardens in Cairns! Sweet, right?
More here: What to Know Before You Visit Australia
6. Feeding Wallabies
Wallabies only live in Australia and New Guinea, so don’t miss a chance to feed one here! My honey made a new friend:
5. Picturesque Views
I love the ocean. It’s no secret. Everywhere you look in Cairns is a picture-perfect view. Here’s one of my favorite shots. The sun was setting, the boats were anchored, the mountains were looming, the ocean was there… Check it out:
More here: How to Spend 5 Days in Cairns
4. Sunrise from a Hot-air Balloon
Talk about romantic! Despite the early wake-up time, there is almost nothing more romantic or inspiring than watching the sun rise over the mountains and ocean in a beautiful place. And that place is Cairns.
3. The Jungle
Welcome to the jungle! This was a fun excursion on our trip to Cairns. We went on a guided nature walk, and I learned so much! The plantlife is incredible. Not only are the trees and plants seemingly larger than life, the jungle is actually a very difficult ecosystem to thrive in. It was beautiful.
More here: The Ultimate List of Hiking Tips
2. Swimming at the Great Barrier Reef
This is a once-in-a-lifetime event! The picture below does not do it justice. The coral is neon! It’s stunning. I learned something about myself there, too: I’m afraid of the ocean. I should be more embarrassed of that than I am. But I can still appreciate the beauty from knee-deep water!
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1. Holding a Koala
This one was in the #2 position. But I had to move it to #1. Where else can you legally and safely hold a koala? Nowhere. Only at Kuranda Koala Gardens. Her name was Lola, and she hugged me. A koala bear hugged me! It was better than I expected, and it was special for so many reasons. Find out where and how to hold a koala here!
Are you ready to put Cairns on your to-visit list? I’m ready to go back!
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