Swim, Dive and Hike through North Queensland, Australia

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I spent a couple weeks traveling through Australia, North Queensland being an unforgettable part of my trip! I went with my cousin and some of her friends who were all living abroad, we rented a car and bounced from place to place staying in Airbnb's. We scuba dived in the Great Barrier, hiked through the Daintree, and went to an island off the coast of Cairns.

Fitzroy Island, Cairns

Fitzroy Island Resort, Fitzroy Island, Queensland, Australia

An hour 1/2 ferry ride from Carins' port, you can head over to Fitzroy Island Resort. I went for a day trip and did not go to the resort, however the resort is the only building on the island, so ferries drop you off there. You can rent paddle boards and paddle over shallow reefs. There is a hiking trail to 'Nudey Beach' which is stunning. You truly feel like you are the only people in the world exploring a hidden secret.

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area 'Mossman Gorge'

Mossman Gorge, Queensland, Australia

Near Port Douglas, an hour drive from Cairns, you can head up the coast towards the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. The rainforest is quite vast, with multiple entrances and routes. We explored the Mossman Gorge, hiking easy-moderate trails. We saw wild pigs and a cassowary, an endangered large bird native to Northern Queensland! The photo of the water was on our drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, make sure to stop and take in the scenery on the way!

Port Douglas rainforest cottage, Aribnb

Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

We stayed in an Airbnb, 10 minutes from Port Douglas. This cottage completed our experience. The home is in the rainforest with incredible views, on the top of a mountain.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9652659

Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

Head into town early before dinner and bring a bottle of wine. You will see a park, with lots of car gathered. Enjoy the sunset!

Scuba Dive Great Barrier Reef

Compass Cruises, Abbott Street, Cairns City, Queensland, Australia

Scuba diving was my #1 goal for my trip. As a first timer, I was super excited and nervous. We booked our excursion through Compass Cruises. My cousin that I went with is certified so we couldn't go in the same group, as I needed an intro class. The instructor, Simon, was amazing. I saw unbelievable wild life, they helped you feel comfortable with the equipment and serve you lots of wine and food to end your day. This was a full day excursion. I feel it goes without stating, but if you do get sea sick, you've been warned. There were a handful of people that were sick.

 

Fitzroy Island, Cairns

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Fitzroy Island Resort, Fitzroy Island
An hour 1/2 ferry ride from Carins' port, you can head over to Fitzroy Island Resort. I went for a day trip and did not go to the resort, however the resort is the only building on the island, so ferries drop you off there. You can rent paddle boards and paddle over shallow reefs. There is a hiking trail to 'Nudey Beach' which is stunning. You truly feel like you are the only people in the world exploring a hidden secret.
 

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Wet Tropics World Heritage Area 'Mossman Gorge'

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Mossman Gorge, Queensland
Near Port Douglas, an hour drive from Cairns, you can head up the coast towards the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. The rainforest is quite vast, with multiple entrances and routes. We explored the Mossman Gorge, hiking easy-moderate trails. We saw wild pigs and a cassowary, an endangered large bird native to Northern Queensland! The photo of the water was on our drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, make sure to stop and take in the scenery on the way!
 

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Port Douglas rainforest cottage, Aribnb

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Port Douglas, Queensland
We stayed in an Airbnb, 10 minutes from Port Douglas. This cottage completed our experience. The home is in the rainforest with incredible views, on the top of a mountain.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9652659
 

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Port Douglas

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Port Douglas, Queensland
Head into town early before dinner and bring a bottle of wine. You will see a park, with lots of car gathered. Enjoy the sunset!
 

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Scuba Dive Great Barrier Reef

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Compass Cruises, Abbott Street
Scuba diving was my #1 goal for my trip. As a first timer, I was super excited and nervous. We booked our excursion through Compass Cruises. My cousin that I went with is certified so we couldn't go in the same group, as I needed an intro class. The instructor, Simon, was amazing. I saw unbelievable wild life, they helped you feel comfortable with the equipment and serve you lots of wine and food to end your day. This was a full day excursion. I feel it goes without stating, but if you do get sea sick, you've been warned. There were a handful of people that were sick.
 

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