I’m back from two weeks spent down under! My oh my is the jet lag struggle REAL.
Australia is such an amazing place, unique in the country’s sense of mateship and camaraderie, and literally crawling with wildlife.
Australia has the friendliest people and the deadliest animals.
Almost everything can kill you! It’s actually a running joke for the country as a whole.
Our next stop was Cairns, AU, a 3-hour plane ride north of Brisbane. The city borders a tropical wilderness that expands past civilization to the very northern most point of Australia.
There’s everything from skydiving and aerial trams over the rainforest to snorkeling the great barrier reef. Oh, and crocodiles and Box jellyfish in the water. No really, there are saltwater crocodiles at the beaches and you are advised not to enter the water in certain areas.
We held a stinky koala for far too much money and headed back to Cairns via the Kuranda railway, which sort of felt like a tropical Hogwarts Express, minus the nice witch selling cauldron cakes and chocolate frogs.
Our little tour group paddled over, rubber flippers kicking wildly (Chris got kicked in the face several times), until we came upon the reef. I was shocked by how CLOSE everything was. If I wanted to reach down and grab one of the colorful fish cruising by, I could!
At one point, we came upon a female sea turtle munching away at the bottom of the reef. She eventually came up for air and it was such a joyous moment just to be close to her.
Chris and I both cut ourselves and upon clambering back aboard the boat at the end of our snorkel session, blood was lightly spilling from my right ankle.
Despite our coral wounds, the two of us enjoyed a magical speed boat ride back to Cairns as the sun began to set.
It was actually magical.
You might notice our travel itinerary lacked some of the more iconic destinations like Sydney or the Gold Coast. I by no means felt slighted by the areas we did visit!
Our trip to Australia was centered around the two Tony Robbins events I had the honor of working and it was amazing to visit both Brisbane and Cairns, two cities that could have perhaps otherwise been overlooked on a purely pleasure trip to AU.
The recovery mode is real back here in sunny San Diego. I’m sniffling and coughing as I type this closing sentence, but my heart is full from the adventures I shared down under!
Have you visited, AU? I’d love to hear your recommendations!