Sydney was a beautiful beginning to our Australian travel, but it was now time to take our journey to Cairns and visit one of the great wonders of the natural world The Great Barrier Reef. We spent 4 days in Cairns soaking up some sun, visiting a Koala Sanctuary in Kuranda, and eating our way through the bustling boardwalk. From seafood, to greek food, and everything in between, the food did not disappoint.
Due to the general nature of the location of Cairns, seafood is a big part of their everyday diet, from prawns, to rock crab. After spending several days enjoying the boardwalk, and the sanctuary it was finally the day to pack up and head out on the water to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is made up of various marine life and is made up of over 3000 reef systems, and coral cays, and covers approximately 380,000 square km. With this being said, on our adventure we only saw a portion of the reef just off of Green Island National Park. Once situated, the tour guides set upon a perimeter in which it is safe for the patrons to swim freely and explore. They recommend to wear a scuba suit, a life jacket, flippers, and a scuba mask to protect you from the natural elements, and life that lives within the water such as jelly fish, or to protect yourself from getting cut from the coral. All suited up and ready to go the exploring began, coming across a shark, several fish, and even a sea turtle.
Due to the climate changing, and the water temperatures rising, the reef is dying, meaning that the colourful nature in which it once was is no longer, instead it turns a greyish white. I am definitely grateful to have had the opportunity to visit the reef before it gets to dangerous for the natural environment to continue the tours.
The adventure continues as we take a quick flight from Cairns to Brisbane to visit some friends and a local food market where you can find anything your heart desires.
Welcome to Brisbane! An adventure awaits anyone and everyone from hiking a trail up a mountain to soaking up the sun on a beach, to visiting small town markets filled with artisan products, you are sure to find something you enjoy on your visit.
First stop was lunch on the top of Mount Coot-tha. Serving up homie dishes like a club sandwich or a simple but delicious salad along with a breathtaking view of the whole city.
After a quick bite, a photo session, and a hike, it was time to take the winding road back down to meet up with a few friends and visit Brisbane’s busiest outdoor market, Eat Street. Located on Brisbane’s Northshore, Eat Street is comprised of converted cargo containers serving up a variety of eclectic dishes, and drinks.
After a filled night out it was time to recuperate for what was yet to come. Saturday rolls around and we took a trip to Noosa. Known for its heavy surf, this sunshine beach is packed with cafes and boutiques. Along our stroll on the beach with the crashing waves in the distance, the hunger struck and it was time for lunch. With the setting in mind, we went to an open cafe that extended out onto the boardwalk, and we ate a light lunch of a chicken caesar salad, and a shared fries with garlic aioli.
After a day at the beach and a quick stop at the the Eumundi markets, we headed back to change, have a quick sausage sizzle (or better known as bbq), and out on the town we went. The following day we made our way to Bribie Island for a slower paced adventure, and some fresh fish and chips. That Sunday we said goodbye to our friends, and made our way back to Sydney the following day to prepare ourselves to return home to Toronto. Brisbane was filled with great company and even better food adventures, and we left gaining more opportunities for future travel.
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