Showing posts from July, 2016

Cairns Trip - Mission Beach and the Great Barrier Reef

We sure saved the best for last with our Cairns trip.  After a fun few days exploring around Cairns, we headed a couple hours south to Mission Beach to go play on the Great Barrier Reef.  We had taken a big boat from Cairns to the reef before but it was incredibly disappointing - the reef was overcrowded, dead, and far from great.  I did some digging to find a better spot, and after reading the amazing reviews on Trip Advisor decided to do a day tour with Big Mama Sailing.  The family lives on the 60 foot boat and we only had to share it with a few other people.  
The trip out to the reef was so peaceful, we lounged on bean bags and just stared out at the gorgeous blue water.  After a couple hours we got out to the reef and suited up to go snorkelling.  We could see the reef and fish even just standing on the boat, but once we jumped in the water it was breathtaking.  We set off to explore, and after a few minutes on our own I grabbed on to Phil's legs and he paddled me around the …

Mossman Gorge and the Atherton Tablelands

It was a bit rainy during our stay in Port Douglas so I figured we'd have an easy day and go have a picnic in Mossman Gorge where the weather was better.  We took the bus from the visitors' centre into the park and started walking along the trail.  When we got to a lookout over the Mossman River we were rewarded with the beautiful view.  The river was stacked with numerous large boulders and the water bounced around against them. From there we decided to do the 2 km walk around the surrounding rain forest, and set off on the trail.  It was a beautiful walk; giant trees tangled together, huge boulders, lots of moss, ferns, and mosquitos.  We walked, and walked, and walked.  It was the longest 2 km I had ever walked - I'm pretty sure the distance was wrong.  it was a really pretty walk though and Phil's parents really enjoyed it.  So much for a relaxing day though!  That evening we checked out one of Port Douglas's most exciting attractions - the Cane Toad Races! $5 go…

Cairns Trip - Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforrest

The second day of the Richardson tour of Far North Queensland took us to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rain Forrest.  We started out from Palm Cove and have a nice drive up enjoying the scenery.  When we got to Cape Tribulation it was nice and warm and the beach was absolutely gorgeous.  We just walked around quietly for awhile enjoying the scenery.
We noticed some weird piles of sand all over and some patterns made with little dots of sand.  Must be some critter burrowing on the beach.
We also stopped at the Alexandra Range Lookout to enjoy the view of the Daintree River meeting the Coral Sea.  The varie