The Ultimate October Getaway
In October I travelled to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef in the state of Queensland. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, filled with rainforests and coral reefs with a subtropical climate. The ultimate October get-away!
On arrival at Cairns airport and after check-in to the luxurious QT Port Douglas hotel we made our way to the marina and embarked on a sunset sail over the Coral Sea.
Soaking up the tropical sunset and mountain views with a complimentary glass of champagne and canapés marked the beginning of a wonderful trip.
The next day was the Cape Tribulation Day Tour in the Daintree National Park situated where the oldest rainforest in the world meets the Great Barrier Reef. The scenery and wildlife was amazing, the tour included a visit to the Wildlife habitat and trying out Jungle surfing… (never a dull moment.) After arriving at the Mandalay Luxury Beachfronts Apartments ravenous, we wined and dined at the delicious seafood restaurant ‘2Fish’ in the heart of the Port Douglas’ dining district.
This was followed the next day with the greatly anticipated Great Barrier Reef day cruise that was an experience of a lifetime and the highlight of my holiday. The coral reefs were a kaleidoscope of colour in perfectly crystal waters and we spent the day lounging, diving and snorkelling aboard the Catamaran. That evening we checked into our bungalow at the Thala Beach Lodge, an eco-friendly resort with ocean views framed by a rainforest backdrop, an unbelievable day.
Next morning we embarked on the Daintree Walkabout day tour. This was great fun, including various activities such as a guided walk, a river cruise and tropical fruit tasting. That evening we stayed at Peppers Beach Club and Spa, an idyllic resort in Palm Cove with a lagoon pool.
After an early start the next day we were off on the Kuranda, Scenic Rail & Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures day tour that involved a historical rail journey to Kuranda with views across cane fields to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. As the best place to see crocodiles in Northern Queensland, the Crocodile adventures tour was thrillingly scary!
Our final activity day of the holiday was the greatly awaited Tully Kayak Tour. This certainly ended the trip in high spirits! Set in the Bulgan Creek, a beautiful fresh water river edged by the rainforest, we kayaked, swam and fed freshwater fish. The best part was when local Ingan tour guides kayaked us down stream offering us an interesting local insight on the surrounding river and the rainforest. The last night was spent in the award winning Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, situated in the heart of Cairns with a hearty dinner at Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Inn to top off an unforgettable trip.
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