Our time in Australia started with a night flight around 1:15am from Bali airport to Cairns, which I would not recommend anyone with a baby, because at the airport it was quite uncomfortable and noisy and so not easy for Louis to sleep there. Finally we arrived in Cairns and first we had to go to the quarantine line to get sniffed by a dog before we could enter the country. Australia presented itself in its full dimension, wide roads, huge parks and green spaces, good air and everything was clean. Good feeling. The best, however, there are everywhere free great playgrounds and water parks to let off steam for the kids. Louis loves and needs those paces. Right in the center of Cairns is a public lagoon where you can swim and hang out. There are BBQ facilities everywhere, clean public toilets and very well-designed foot- and bike paths on which you can explore the city.
Right in front of Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef, at which we wanted to take a closer look. A speed boat brought us to the “Green Island” and in a semi-submarine we could marvel at the underwater world without diving glasses. The island lies just in the inner reef but it’s a beautiful place to spend some time. We´ve done also some nice snorkeling there.
About 20 minutes drive up north of Cairns you can take a skyrail over the rainforest to the city of Kuranda. A lovely town with nice markets. The way back we took the nostalgic train.
It´s a beautiful ride trough the rainforest and it stopps at a big waterfall. Louis was the only one who was not impressed by the landscape. He was bored. But anyway. We had a great time.
Our plan would have been to rent a campervan in Cairns and then drive down the coast, but after we got a cancellation at every rental agency, because all were booked out, we decided to fly to Brisbane and start our road trip from there.Brisbane is a pretty cool city and there is a big lagoon next to the river were you can take a swim, chill out with a cold drink, make a picnic, play with the kids and so on. Great place in the middle of the center.
The botanical garden is also a perfect place to forgot you´re actually in a big city. You can also find a lot of lizards and Ibis are flying around here like doves in Venice.
After we finally got our campervan, we drove a little bit up to the north. We stopped in Beerwa, just around the corner of the home of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. We´re not really into zoo´s but the Australia Zoo is a must do when you are near. A really cool zoo where you think you are right in the middle of the animals. Everything is very generous and green. Louis loved it and we made the first encounters with kangaroo, koala and crocodiles.
There we are Australia!!
While we´re cruising down south along the coast, we find al lot of small nice places and beautiful national parks, where we can make a few hikes and enjoy mother nature.
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