My paradise: Adventures in Aussie Land

by Molly Carnahan
Stripes Guam

In May of 2015, my husband Jeremy and I got to check off the biggest items on our bucket list. We took a short 4-hour flight from Guam to Cairns, Australia. When we arrived, we stayed at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel. We were only planning on staying a few days, so we had a lot to see and do in a short time. The big things to see were the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest.

We hit the ground running on the first day with a skyrail trip to Kuranda Village, a little tourist town located in the middle of the World Heritage Rainforest. We soared over lush green rainforest and saw a lot of beautiful landscapes.

When we got to Kuranda Village, we shopped, went to Bird World, and my favorite– Koala Gardens. We were able to hold a koala and pet kangaroos. It was definitely a cool experience to be so up close and personal with the Australian wildlife. When it was time to head back, we decided to take the scenic railway and experience the rainforest from a different point of view. It was really nice because they actually stopped the train a few times to let us get out and take pictures of the different landscapes. It was a really awesome day trip.

The next day, we decided to take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We took a big boat out to Green Island National Park. The ride out there was the most beautiful boat ride I have ever taken. The Green Island is the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest on it. We were able to walk along different trails on the little island and see different parts of the rainforest and reef. We took a glass bottom boat ride and saw an array of beautiful fish and turtles. We ended the day with a nice sunset cruise back to Cairns.

I will always remember my trip to Australia. It is definitely one place on your bucket list you have to see. The area is beautiful and the people are kind. It was worth every penny we spent on this trip.  If you have the time, Cairns is definitely a trip you need to take while stationed in the Pacific.

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