I spent my spring break up in Cairns, Australia. Cairns is located in the northern part of Queensland, and it’s home to some beautiful and powerful tropical weather. It’s somewhat of a tourist destination, as it is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, but it has a small town feel to it.
Snorkeling in the reef was by far the highlight of my semester abroad. I traveled out to sea on a sailboat with 15-20 others, and the crew really made the journey special. It was a fun way to interact with some local Aussies while sailing for over four hours!
We had a bit of stormy weather on the way out, which made watching the crew set the sails very exciting. However, the skies cleared up on the reef, and we were able to get some great snorkeling in. We saw all kinds of beautiful coral and brightly colored fish, and I even swam with 2 sharks!
It wasn’t all just about the ocean though. Just over 15 miles north of Cairns is a small town called Kuranda. I rode there in a gondola on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, soaring over some of the tallest trees I’ve ever seen in a dense, green rainforest.
While in Kuranda, I had the opportunity to get close and personal with some of Australia’s most famous wildlife: kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas! I also ventured into a bird exhibit and a butterfly sanctuary while I was there.
My spring break was not nearly long enough, but it was refreshing to get out of the city for a bit. This was also my first experience staying with Airbnb, and it was an absolute delight. It was so interesting to chat with my host and get to know an Aussie who isn’t living in a multicultural city like Sydney. I definitely noticed some key differences.
For the meantime, it’s back to school, but I have many more exciting experiences looming on the horizon. After all, I’m living in Sydney, and everyday brings new adventures.