29 th Dec The Great Barrier Reef -The Corals at cairns are the largest living thing on the planet and even visible from the outer space . We had the option of either going to The Green Island or The outer Reef and we decided to go to the former .It's a 55 min ride to the Green island, where we could snorkel or look at the corals in a glass bottom boat or the Submarine. We did both the submarine and Glass Bottom (Just do the Submarine, the Glass Bottom boat can be avoided).
My View - The place is quite touristy and over-rated. After all what might be the largest corals might not be the most beautiful . Though the water here is comfortably warm, it's not very clear. Also, in cairns be extremely careful of the weather, as it was really hot throughout our trip, which was a big deterrent
Night Market at Esplanade -The place has about 100 shops to buy souvenirs and little nick-knacks
30 th Dec -We shifted to Hilton Cairns. This is a 5* hotel, located at the other corner of the esplanade. The room had an amazing view but the breakfast was very average , missed the live counter , however , they had an option of placing an order for omelet with the kitchen .
31 st Dec Port Douglas- Though away from Esplanade, where most of the action takes place , the place has Charming boutiques & nice restaurants . We had one of the best breakfast of the entire vacation at café Fresq . Wish we could spend more time at Port Douglas and it wasn't so sunny
Kuranda Village -Went up in a cable car and came back in the train .To me the entire experience was quite touristy. The Scenic Railway drive is good for one time
Shopping-Cairns doesn't have many shopping opinions,specially if you are looking for branded stuff.
Overall , Cairns was a big Disappointment and can be completely avoided
Tips * Be careful of the season you going in , weather could play a big spoil sport
*Prebook your car since that gives you greater flexibility against the booked tours. We couldn't get a car, since it was overbooked considering the holiday season
Overall Experience of the trip
To me this was a very average trip compared to my last Australian vacation (Melbourne and Sydney). Maybe, my expectation were too high but Sydney and Melbourne are the main city centers and are definitely have more action .
Also , we all know that racialism is a reality and unfortunately I experienced it for the first time during this trip .The way my surf Lesson teacher at Cheyne Horan School of Surf in Gold Coast treated me , I left the lesson in between .Ultimately it's not what they say , but how they make you feel .
Also , while getting back from Cairns via Jet Star Flight , the ground staff refused to give us 2 seats together stating that the all the other passangers had paid extra & had pre-reserved their seats and she could just not find 2 Seats together ( hard to believe ) , so through-out our return journey me and my hubby were sitting separately , left a sour taste & a bad memory of cairns . So my take is , stick to the main city centers which are more cosmopolitan & accepting of people from all parts of the world
This post was originally published on Rachita's Travel Tales.