Wednesday 16th November, 2016

After booking tours for our time in Cairns, Tash and I grabbed the 10.30am free shuttle into town.

We checked out a disappointing art gallery and there wasn’t much to see in the town either, so we grabbed some lunch (Thai seafood salad for me) and chilled on the grass by the lagoon.

After a mini sunbathing sesh, we made a visit to the Botanic Gardens which are renowned for having one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia.

Let us show you around…

It was very empty so, naturally, we made the most of having such a tree-riffic backdrop.

(Not even sorry for that terrible pun).

The coolest people you will ever meet.

How beautiful are these waxy flowers?

We also spotted the Cairns Chinese Friendship Garden which was rather pretty.

Back in town, we did a food shop for dinner, cooked a spag bol (seemingly the only thing that we cooked on this trip but we are kinda amazing at it) and chilled for the rest of the night, ready for an early start the next morning.

Thursday 17th November

At around 7am, we were picked up by Matty (as in he actually gave us massive hugs and spun us around a bit), our hilarious tour guide to the Atherton Tablelands on the Barefoot Tour, which we would 100% recommend.

We started the morning with a swim in a lake and morning tea which consisted of a lot of fruit which I was digging.

Next up, we were taken to a natural waterslide at Josephine Falls.

You see all the people down there?

That’s where we went to slide down some boulders…

I didn’t take a picture of the exact one we were slid down as I didn’t want to risk getting my camera wet but it looked a bit like this and was lots of fun!

Love a roadside photo op 😉

We also visited Ellinjaa Falls and Millaa Millaa Waterfall, where the Herbal Essences ad was filmed.

Matty then took us all to this volcanic crater lake for a spot of swimming and sunbathing while he lovingly prepared an afternoon tea of Lamingtons, Tim Tams, cakes and hot drinks for us.

Later, we checked out the Cathedral Fig Tree which is said to remind Avatar fans of the Tree of Souls.

From what I can remember, I actually wasn’t a massive fan of the film but the tree was really interesting.

After dinner back the hostel, Tash and I joined a few new friends from the tour for drinks and a boogy (yes, I am secretly 76 years old) at Gilligans, where there was a pole dancing competition.

So if your idea of fun is watching people who have no idea how to pole dance trying to pole dance, then Gilligans is the place for you.

We ended the night with a slice of pizza for the walk home and that was bloody great.

See you soon for more fun in Cairns 😉


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