Must do Things in Cairns, Australia – Great Barrier Reef, Hartleys Crocodile Adventures, Sky Rail



Hi Everyone, πŸ™‚

We spent 4 days in Cairns after spending some lazy days in Gold Coast. It was a mixed trip for us personally. Our camera died again after it started working for a while so most of the pics you see in this post are i-phone photos. And second, someone stole my new pair of sunglasses on the boat during our trip to Great Barrier Reef.

But other than that if you are travelling to Australia, Cairns should be on your must visit place. The place has very Kerala vibes to it but there are so many unique things to do. Our friends helped us a bit with the itinerary for this trip so that was brilliant. So here is your list of must do things in Cairns and what all we did.

  • We stayed at Alamanda Cove,which again is a gorgeous apartment style hotel and the only hotel that is located right on the beach. I’d highly recommend it. The staff was brilliant and very helpful. It is located in the Palm Cove area. It isΒ an amazing hotel with gorgeous swimming pools, perfect location and stunning apartments but there are a lot of other hotels as well that you can pick on the Palm Cove. That area is unlike any area that is out there. It is breathtakingly beautiful. The ocean, the palm trees, the weddings on the beach, the sky, the sunsets, the gorgeous restaurants and gelatos.. it was perfection.
  • Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon : We could not get in the ocean because there were jelly fish in the sea. So they have gorgeous huge swimming pool area, which they have given a feel of ocean complete with white sand. It is such a lovely place to spend a lazy afternoon just taking dips in the pool and then lying on the grass later on. Oh! can do it all over again.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway and a visit to Kuranda Village: Honestly it was a a very slow and not very scenic ride. 😐 But it is a part of their history. Can be skipped really. And Kuranda Village is just actually a shopping arcade where you can buy things made by aboriginals..but you can never be sure. Love the mango smoothies there. πŸ˜€
  • The Sky Rail Rainforest Cableway: OMG! a must do. The scariest and most adventurous cable car ride we have done. It is a long ride with 2 stops in between. We just took a one stop and rest of the time we were hanging up riding on a cable car. I don’t even know how many times I would have told Sanjeev how much I love him just in case I die during that crazy ride. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
  • Hartleys Crocodile AdventuresΒ : One heck of a scary thing to see but you cannot not do it if you are visiting Australia. They take you inside the quiet spooky marshes of crocodiles on a boat, tell you about crocodiles living there, do snake & croc shows and OMG! you could hug a koala there. The most epic thing was hugging that cute little koala. his name was Pasta and he literally just clung on to me. I wanted to bring it home. πŸ˜€
  • Great Barrier Reef : Of course. You CANNOT come back from Australia without doing the GBF. We were a bit unlucky during this trip. It is a day long trip where they take you on a cruise and do diving or snorkelling. The day we did this trip the sea was so rough that it was really difficult to swim. We signed up for diving but later chose to do snorkeling. Β Snorkeling was absolutely gorgeous and a fun thing to do. As rough as the ocean was on the top, it was the most magical and stunning at the bottom. It’s almost a miracle you are seeing with your eyes. For a second you wouldn’t even believe that something like this exists. We also did a helicopter ride above the great barrier reef- no words.

Some tips for doing great barrier reef.

  • If you are not a very good swimmer it is best to do snorkeling than diving. Plus always go by your instinct on how you feel at that moment. They may not refund you the diving money but your life is more precious than anything. The same evening we got to hear about someone passing away because some issue occurred in her oxygen tank. πŸ™
  • Choose to go to the ‘Outer Reef.’ Some cruises take you only till the inner reed and the scenery is not so great.
  • Taking a sea sickness tablet prior to sailing is always a good idea.
  • It is a good idea to wear your bikini inside your clothes. they have changing rooms but it would save you from the hassle.
  • Don’t carry anything expensive because they really don’t have any lockers on the ship and anyone can come and sit on your seat.
  • Carry your own towels.
  • Wear something short and something that you can easily take off. If you are not comfortable wearing bikini, they also have wet suits that cover you from top to bottom so no worries. Still wear a swimsuit inside not your regular under garments. πŸ˜€

You can book all the activities from your hotel desk. They always have nice tour options that cover many activities in a day. You can pick and choose things according to your convenience and budget. πŸ™‚Β Also keep sometime to relax and enjoy the gorgeousness that Cairns has to offer. It took me long to put this post up because there were just too many photos to share. Also don’t forget to watch the little video. πŸ™‚

I would be back in a few days to show the very gorgeous Perth with you all. Looooods of love! Mwwaaah!!




salt water lagoon
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon australia
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
chilling like a boss! : D
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
summer afternoons be like…
once a river
i have this thing for swings!
back to hotel to enjoy my swing!
stop and enjoy the moment!
sleepy spot!
a summer evening!
gone with the wind
secret conversations!
magical views!
breathe in and let go!
riding on the waves
waiting for our chuk chuk train!
when train is actually a restaurant. : D
hey hi!
take a view outside my window! : )
riding this world with my cutie pie! : )
we rode on these! Some adventure. : P
look at our train. back to being kids again! : )
in a far far land!
the flow of life
welcome to kuranda!
cool tees!
capturing memories
gift shop!
little trinkets
decisions, decisions!
australia Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway- lets do this!
australia cablecar
this is how i chose to do skyrail. loll!!
i might as well not look down. : P
australia sky rail
well he totally enjoyed it!
if i die atleast my makeup should be perfect. loll!!
so it starts!
during this scary trip i told mr husband how much i love him and how epic this life has been with him so far. : P These adventure things are not my things…like seriously. : D
taking a break in before the second trip starts. phew!
thank god! I am directionally challenged as it is. : P
back at it again!
the view from the top!
kissy birds! : )
do not disturb!
hartley's crocodile farm travel
the quiet marshes of crocodiles!
a very brave sail!
hartley's crocodile farm
the crocodile’s welcome!
hartley's crocodile farm australia
let’s have some fun! [hartley’s crocodile farm]
play time!
everyone loves a treat!
hartley's crocodile farm snake show
the python!
hartley's crocodile farm reptiles
the most poisonous snake in the world! rarely found!
the gorgeous cassowary. They eat only fruits. Imagine how beautiful we’d get if we eat only fruits. : P
this was the highlight of our australian trip. I mean koala hug! that’s some real epic shit! : D
time for great barrier reef!
great barrier reef cruise
let’s take some pictures first!
the king and queen of the sea!
such a gorgeous sky!
different shades of water!
blown away!
our helicopter waiting for us!
ready for the flight! : )
ready for the flight! : )
a view of real down under from the top!
who can imagine such magical world lies under the ocean!
back to the port! port douglas.
shades of blue!
shades of blue!
back to the gorgeous palm cove!
palm cove cairns 1
some shopping time!
for all the good times!
walked this magical lane everyday at alamada cove
alamanda cove palm cove australia
grab a glass of wine and catch on some books!
our lunch place !
australia food
some colourful lunch it was!
pink market!
palm cove cairns
lets ride some bicycles together!
beautiful walks!
beautiful walks!
slow evening walks!
silver lining!
pastel pretty!
sandy toes!
you poser you! : )
my little boat!
let’s go fishing!
almost there
finishing brothers!
the lights on!
italian for the night?
barbecue nights with familia!
until next time cairns! let your nights always be magical and days always be dreamy!

Video :

Shirt Dress, Gold Sandals : Zara ; bag : Gucci
Maxi Skirt, Top : Maison Scotch. Sunglasses : Celine
Denim : Frame Denim, Tee NeuW ; sunglasses : Dior, bag : acne studios

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24 Responses to Must do Things in Cairns, Australia – Great Barrier Reef, Hartleys Crocodile Adventures, Sky Rail

  1. ANGELA says:

    Sure you seem to have had a wonderful vacation!loved seeing all the pics and the one ” if I die lemme have my makeup straight” made me laugh out! Loved the maxi dress (you haven’t put wardrobe courtesy this time!) .

    • Rati says:

      thanks angela! :)) I added the details after reading your comment. πŸ™‚ it was a great trip! πŸ™‚

  2. Amrutaa says:

    Gorgeous pics and super gorgeous you… Muahhhh… Loved the outfits I can’t see the details above…please give them…. Can’t wait to see Perth now… Tc

  3. Arti says:

    OMG! So you were in Perth as well….. I wanted to meet you. I wanted to tell you how blessed couple you guys are, how your travels inspire us and much more…I have always been dreaming to bump into you guys while travelling and this time you were in my (now) hometown and I didn’t even know. I am super-sad now. πŸ™

    • Rati says:

      aww yes we were in perth. we even met a lovely reader , upasana there. she came to meet with her husband. I did update about it on my facebook and insta. awww! hope we cross paths sometime. thanks a ton! πŸ™‚ Perth is so gorgeous and quiet. It was a lovely visit. Thanks a ton! :))

  4. jomol says:

    This post is like opening up a treasure and digging and scrolling down reveals more precious things πŸ™‚ Rati, I lob your “I won’t look down” face, it’s super cute :* Sanjeevji, this particular travel has revealed the cool dude in you πŸ™‚

  5. jomol says:

    Ms singh, if these are iphone pics, I want my iphone asap now!!

  6. jomol says:

    This place looks so much like Kerala, you are right Ms Singh !! πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      thankoo jomo!! :)) yes it was like kerala. that skyrail was super scary. πŸ˜›

      Most of the pics are clicked from iphone. now ton you have it so enjoy using it. It works great. πŸ˜€ But samsung has a better selfie camera–dont like to admit it but yes.. πŸ˜›

  7. Shailja says:

    There seems to be a lot to explore in Australia.. I and my husband are planning a trip to this beautiful conutry some time in September, and I am sure your travalogue series will be immensely beneficial for us. Thanks for sharing your experince and these beautiful pictures. ! You look awesome as always <3

    • Rati says:

      aww thanks shailja. yes there is a ton to explore in australia. we were surprised ourselves. It was like a magic box giving us one surprise after the other. :)) have a great trip. πŸ™‚

  8. aru says:

    have to look good even when you are scared as well. totally get that!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ .thanks for all the tips. The pics AND yourself looking lovely and gorgeous. yeah parts of it were like Kerala and Goa but to get everything in one single place has to be some exotic continent like Australia..truly beautiful..

    • Rati says:

      yes ofcourse. I was actually trying to distract myself. hahha!! I agree. Australia was truely magical. did not know it had so much to offer until we started exploring it! :)) thank you :))

  9. Jyoti says:

    Great pics . I have been living in Australia for last 6 years but yet to explore the eastern states of this beautiful country . When i told my husband that you are in Perth he asked me to contact you guys and plan a meet up . I kept telling him that I don’t think you guys will have time and when you posted about meeting a reader he was like see I told you . But anyway glad you enjoyed your trip . Waiting for your Perth pics now .

  10. Divya says:

    Now this makes Australia a Must Visit place!!! hmmm.. such awesome pics…and iPhone pics??? wowww….. may its time to swap with hubby :-p but I love my Samsung πŸ˜‰

    The video is super…especially where you look scared… πŸ˜€ the photos are sooo beautiful…as always.. πŸ™‚

    • Divya says:

      And you have this nice detailed way of writing…if someone is really planning to take a trip, your posts would be super useful!!! πŸ™‚

      • Rati says:

        yes most of these are iphone pics. the place was so magical that any camera would have captured the beauty of it. But sanjeev really had his camera working all the time this post would have been something else. still….I think the pics capture the essence of our trip beautifully and i love these photos myself. πŸ™‚

        awww thanks a ton! :))

  11. I want to go to that crocodile show right now and to that adventure ride too and that great barrier reef too.
    My list is getting bigger by every day and my family just smiles calmly whenever I tell them where all I want to go. But seriously there is so much in the world to see and experience. And I go crazy again whenever I see your Interlaken and Zurich’s pictures. I keep telling everyone go there, you will fall in love! Those two are my favorite albums and bookmarked forever.
    Loved all the pictures. Specially you with Koala. You are smiling ear to ear. Super happy! πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      awww i really hope that you get to experience all these places. Interlaken and Zurich were magical in every sense. I could really go there again anytime. yes! the koala was so adorable. I just could not contain my happiness. :)) thank you :-*

  12. Sheetal says:

    Splendid place and beautiful capture … I love that koala … πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

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