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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Atherton Tablelands » Danbulla Forest September 18th 2015

Woke up pretty early this morning to do a tour of the Atherton Tablelands. Was out of the house by 7am. The tour began with the guide giving everyone a hug as they got on the bus. We then had to go around and say our name, how old we are, where we're from, etc. There were a bunch of Germans and Brits, a Swedish girl, a Canadian girl and a family from Northern Ireland. Our first stop was cathedral fig tree. It is by far the biggest tree I've ever seen in my life! The tree was one of 5 trees used to design the tree in avatar. Pretty stunning how big it is. Next we stopped at lake eacham. It's a really pretty lake that formed in the crater of a volcano. We went ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation September 16th 2015

I didn't post yesterday, so I'll say a bit about yesterday too. Went scuba diving in Port Douglas to the great barrier reef. As we were boarding the ship, every crew member asked if we had taken stomach sickness medication. I had never been seasick before, so hadn't taken any, but was finally convinced when the 7th crew member insisted on taking some. I'm so glad I did - I had never seen waves like that before ever. People were getting sick left, right and centre. We did 3 dives for the day and they were all incredible! Saw a shark, lots of turtles, tons of colourful fish and coral. The next morning, I woke up pretty early to drive to Cape Tribulation. About half way I stopped to do a river tour on the daintree ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas September 13th 2015

Started the day pretty hungover. Ended up hanging out with these 2 kiwi guys last night who showed me around Cairns. Watched a bit of the blue jays demolishing the Yankees this morning, then got a rental car to drive to Port Douglas. The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is supposed to be one of the most scenic and amazing drives in Australia. Many people have told me that, but I kind of shrugged it off and didn't have too high expectations. 10 minutes into the drive I was pulling over taking pictures. My jaw was dropped pretty much the whole drive. This is one of the nicest places I've ever been to in my life. Words can't really describe this place. Port Douglas is where the 110 million year old daintree forest meets the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City September 11th 2015

Went into the city of Cairns today. It's not a very big place - about 6 blocks by 4 blocks. About 90% of the buildings are either a hostel, restaurant/bar or tourist information desk where they try to sell you tours. On the waterfront they have an esplanade boardwalk. It's a pretty cool idea - a place where people go for a stroll, jog, they have free beach volleyball courts, swimming pools, places to work out, etc. The only problem is in order to create this waterfront pathway they had to tear down the mangroves that were there before. When the tide is low (when I was there), the water level doesn't cover the mud and slime from where the mangroves were. It looks like a gross swamp. You also can't go swimming because apparently there ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Northern Beaches September 10th 2015

Day 1: Made it to Cairns! The last flight (Auckland to Cairns, 5 1/2 hours) seemed to take forever. It was awesome having a window seat though because the plane flew right up the east coast of Australia and I watched the Great Barrier Reef out the window the whole flight. I've probably slept for 3 hours total in the last 2 days. The coffee in Australia and New Zealand is unreal! They only have espresso based coffee, no drip stuff. You can get the regulars: cappuccino, latte, etc., but they have a drink here called a "flat white," which is a shot of espresso filled with milk (similar to an americano, but with milk instead of water) Tomorrow is checking out the town, explore a bit and see what happens!... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary September 8th 2015

My last night in Calgary is here! Tomorrow is the big day. I'll be flying Calgary - Vancouver - Auckland - Cairns. It's a 27 hour journey total. In Cairns, I'll be staying with my friend Hilary for a few days (she is going to dental school there). Cairns is known as the backpacker capital of Australia and has a reputation for it's beaches, the great barrier reef and rainforests. General outline for the trip: Cairns - Sydney (hop on, hop off greyhound bus) - This is about a 3500km trip down the East Coast of Australia. I'm planning on doing it in 3 weeks. Yes, this is the same route as Finding Nemo (starting at the Great Barrier Reef and ending in Sydney). Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. From Sydney, flying to Darwin to ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary September 3rd 2015

Well it's 5° outside so I started packing. Trying to figure out how to add photos. (I think it worked, let me know if you can't see the photo.) Canada represent! Still have a long ways to go on the packing. Spent the day researching Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Atherton Tablelands.... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 29th 2015

Hello everyone. I'll be traveling to Australia and New Zealand for 3 months (September 8th - December 10th) and am going to keep everyone updated on this blog. Hopefully I'll be posting pictures and a little blurb about what I've been up to. Feel free to follow and check back whenever you like, make suggestions, ask questions, whatever. Joel... read more

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