The Great Barrier Reef & Kuranda Rainforest
First of all, we would like to say we hope you’ve had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the new year starting.
Following on from Brisbane, we flew to Cairns and stayed in the area for a couple of days before making our way to Port Douglas. The main objective here was to dive on the Great Barrier Reef, something I (Jake) had been wanting to do for a very long time! We’d read from many places that the Outer Reefs (more specifically the Agincourt Reefs) were in a lot better condition than many locations you would access if leaving from Cairns, so it made sense to head to Port Douglas.
Our first days were spent near Holloways Beach; however we couldn’t really use it as it is stinger season and there’s jellyfish everywhere! It’s also not everyday you see a warning for Crocodiles…
We then booked a 2 day package deal with a company called Silvergroup which took us on a catamaran for the day. I did 3 dives and Ana did her PADI DSD. When I jumped in for the first dive and began to descend, the very first thing I saw was a shark (either a Mako or a Bull). It set the standard pretty high from the very beginning; and all in all we both had a fantastic time! Ana really enjoyed her DSD with Chris (who, as it turns out, knows our friends in Dahab at H2O Divers; see below for their website) and may be looking into more diving…watch this space!
The next day we visited the Kuranda Rainforest and took the old railway train to get there. The journey itself was a great adventure and full of history; there were many signs from the years of labour it took to build the railway up the mountain to the town of Kuranda. We saw some Aborigines, explored the Rainforest, and took the cable car back down the mountains. The scenery was absolutely stunning!
After Port Douglas we headed back to Cairns for a few days. For us personally there wasn’t much here. We got the impression that Cairns was focussed on 2 things, the night life and water sports.
That’s it! We’re currently in Sydney and will be writing a post about that very soon! We are leaving today and continuing the adventure, stay tuned for more to come!
Bye for now,
Ana & Jake