From holding Koalas, Crocodile spotting, night markets, fish pedicures, and a landscape that looked like it was a green screen, Cairns in Queensland was mine and my husband’s favorite Australian city. There are so many things to explore in Cairns and nearby. This is the city we took our Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour from, but I will be saving that for a post of all its own. Who couldn’t love a city that has a giant public swimming pool in their downtown? Our favorite part of Cairns was their night markets that happened every single night! They sell crocodile leather products and tons of Kangaroo products. It is funny because in Australia the Kangaroo is basically deer to them. They eat Kangaroo and make it into anything imaginable even though it is their national animal. This is where I got my first ever….. FISH PEDICURE! Yes, little fish bite your feet to get rid of all the dead skin. It felt slightly ticklish; the best description of the feeling is like a bunch of jet bubbles on your feet. Not going to lie, my feet were silky smooth after. Every night downtown Cairns lit up all their trees into neon colors which reminded me of Electric Forest music festival. People were constantly out and they had authentic gelato stores everywhere. One of my goals for our Australia trip was to hold a Koala. I was honestly surprised how fluffy they felt. We added the Daintree Forest and Cape Tribulation tour when we got to the city; it was not pre-planned and it was MORE than worth it!!! The Daintree is the oldest rain forest in the world and named after the person who found it. It was the crispest air I have ever been around. We also did a Crocodile cruise on the Daintree river. We were able to see 5 Crocodiles just in one hour. In the Daintree we had a Cassowary spotting. This is pretty rare as these big birds are on the endangered species list. I also tasted a weaver ant in the rain forest. Our tour guide let us lick ants, you heard that correct. The ants have such a high amount of vitamin C that they taste very sour. The last stop on the tour was Cape Trib where they have a flowered heart to take pictures by and one of the prettiest beaches in the world, but beware because the beach ins’t accesible for swimming do to the Crocs. Cape Tribulation was named that because after Captain Cook got here all of his “tribulations” began. We couldn’t forget this place if we tried. Love, Claire.
Smallest sand crab I have ever seen was at Cape Trib, pictured below: