Cairns: Rainforest, Bush & Reef, Triple Treat!
Where I’m staying, just outside the town of Cairns, may look like an ordinary neighborhood, but it’s surrounded by hills covered in rainforest. A short drive away you can catch a cablecar that goes above and through it, or stop and see the giant curtain fig tree. It doesn’t always rain in the rainforest, there’s a dry and a rainy season, or, like now, a relatively dry rainy season.
A short jaunt and you’re in the bush, walking with the wallabies! In this small, family owned park, you can buy pellets for $1, and for a small entry fee, feed the rock wallabies, aptly named as they hang out in the shade of the rocks, where they’re camouflaged. But they know the rustle of your bag, and come bouncing by for a hand out. Look closely, you may see a Joey peeking out of a pouch!
Cairns is located on the coast, by the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel and dive boats abound. Catch a ride across turquoise water to the outer reef and float above or dive amongst the garden of coral & sea creatures. You can rent a camera and capture your underwater adventure, and even take an underwater selfie!