April 24, 2014

Travel Diaries - Cairns: Day 02

*Please prepare for super saturated photos, I don't know what I was doing :(* I have to say that day 2 of my trip was definitely my favourite! My lovely friend Marilyn recommended a full 7:30am-7:30pm day tour called Captain Matty's Barefoot Tour (the guide literally does the whole trip barefoot, like wow???). The trip cost a very well worth it $85 and Jason and I absolutely loved every bit of it! The photos from our tour haven't been released yet but I'll be sure to upload them in a later photo and caption update if they're any good. The tour picked us up at 7:30am from our apartment free of charge and after picking everybody else up, we went to a market to pick up some snacks.

Jason and I laughed.

Jason and I bought some fresh pastries from a lovely lady before heading off on a mini 45 minute road trip with the rest of our group. First stop, Josephine Falls!

Walsh's pyramid.

By the way, I left Cairns looking as pale as I did when I arrived :(

I can't even begin to explain how gorgeous this place looked! The water was so pristine and fresh that the guide told us to fill up our water bottles with it. You could see every rock and speck of dirt because it was literally that clear ohhh man.

Moss everywhere!

First swimming location! Didn't manage to get a photo of it but there was a rock slide you could go down.

Morning tea break! I had my first hot cross bun yummm.

I can't remember how this came up but I somehow convinced Jason to let me put a ridiculous temporary tattoo sleeve on him. It was glittery and had dragons, butterflies and roses on it.

Road side stops to pick up some more fruit.

Endless tea leaf fields!

Can't remember what this waterfall was called but check out that rainbow!

That thing in this photo is actually a toilet - the guide was telling us a story about how people were complaining that there were no facilities in the cemetery, hence resulting in somebody thinking it was a good idea to make a toilet stall in the shape of a coffin. The townspeople later complained again and it was moved to a nearby field.

Arriving at Millaa Milla falls!

YOU HAVE NO IDEA how long it took for me to get into this water. It was freeezing even though the sun was out and I couldn't even get anywhere near the waterfall because I wasn't a strong enough swimmer.

Weirdo walking in the water with thongs on.


*holds breath* 

McHugh Lookout - you MUST see this before you die. 

Final stop of the day at this incredible fresh water lake - Lake Eacham.

*bobs around on a noodle*

Phew, looking back at this post just reminds me of how exhausted I was when we got back to our apartment. I'm surprised we even managed to have dinner out.. Anyway, hope you guys enjoyed this post because I loved putting it together. Can't wait to upload the final post soon! x, s.

April 23, 2014

Travel Diaries - Cairns: Day 01

That juice I'm drinking cost $7.95 - airport prices are too damn high!

Hello lovelies. I have promised to put this post up by the end of tonight so here is my attempt of a quick, good quality post while desperately in need of a really good sleep in. I'll just get a bunch of FAQs I usually get on travel diaries out of the way quickly. Jason and I traveled to Cairns for three nights over the Easter holidays. All together, our flights and accomodation cost approximately $350 each. We flew with Jetstar (who kindly price beat Tiger prices) and stayed at Rydges Tradewinds on the Esplanade.

Flying over the Sunshine Coast (I think)

Off the plane and this is the first thing I see in the Cairns airport toilets. 

It cost us about $20 for a 15~ minute cab ride back to our apartment and I was actually really excited when we got there because the building and lobby looked nice. MUCH TO MY DISAPPOINTMENT, the rooms were... well you can have a look.

If "meh" was a room, then it would definitely be the one we stayed in. The apartment was livable but it was very, verrry old. Jason and I had a lot of trouble functioning because we had no idea that this space had no kitchen - which means no bowls, no forks, no microwave. The best thing about the place was probably the bathroom, which I don't even have a photo of. 

First meal in Cairns at Outback Jacks. Got so hungry I forgot to take a photo of our food. 

It's not very often somebody recommends you to visit a specific gelato shop - Gelocchio.

Gigantic pools at the Esplanade.

Happy 4 10 for dinner! Absolutely loved this adorable little space. 

10 pieces of takoyaki for $10, a teriyaki set meal, and a bulgogi set meal. 

After dinner we made our way to some late night markets and ran into an interesting shop name. If you were interested the shop was mainly selling some niche market dresses and shoes from what I could tell..

Worst place for an impulsive buyer. 

Voodoo dolls.

These bracelets were literally everywhere in Cairns!!

Aaand, after all of that we had a late night walk home through the Esplanade! 

Just a quick introduction to our trip so far but the next two posts in this series will definitely be more interesting, I pinky promise. I hope you're all incredibly well and that you had as wonderful of an Easter as I did. All my love, s.