Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cairns Photo Diary

Situated in tropical Far North Queensland, Australia, Cairns is the gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef and also host to a weekend getaway the Mr and I recently went on. For anyone who's ever had a travel bucket list, this location deserves to be in your top ten.

The vast expanse of the green blue sea plays home to endless stretches of coral reefs viewable to the naked eye. Sailing around the Great Barrier Reef on a glass bottom boat was a life altering experience, all of a sudden a whole new world opened up. A world that until now was only ever viewed from the comforts of my own home or occasional aquarium visit. Seeing all these beautiful marine life in their natural territory was simply breathtaking. Without any warning the roles suddenly reversed and us humans became the guests, the aliens, visiting a foreign land. And because we foreigners were careful enough to tread ever so lightly, the local population greeted us with delight, often swimming up to snorkelers and divers and sometimes even putting on a show. It's nice to know there are places in the world that remain relatively untouched by humans.

I'm looking forward to the day when my daughters are old enough so we can visit again together.

Perfect year round weather and plenty of palm trees.

Beach essentials.
The public pool overlooking the ocean in the middle of downtown Cairns. 

Snorkelers by the pontoon of Marine World

Off to meet the locals

Sunset from the Shangri-la Hotel

Breakfast of champions

Mysterious fig tree

Cooling off at Millaa Millaa waterfalls

Abundant lush green rainforest

Recycling at it's best.


Unknown said...

Omg, it really seems a paradise! Lucky you :)

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Cielo said...

Great pictures :)

The Dragonfruit said...

Omgsh, its gorgeous there! :)

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Amy said...

so beautiful!

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Stefani said...

Oh,this place is so beautiful!

Rachel said...

Gorgeous photos!

Alyssa said...

This trip looks like a dream–I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to go scuba diving :)

audrinajulia said...

What a place! Glad you able to have a relaxing time vacation with your hubby. You deserve it both!Happy new year Jenee!:)


Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous place to visit! Australia is one place I have always wanted to go! Thanks for sharing:)

Anonymous said...

This looks like paradise! Beautiful photos; you must have had an amazing time with your Mr!


Unknown said...

This place is amazing!! so beautiful!!

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A Very Sweet Blog said...

omg'sh it is gorgeous!!! tropical paradise!!! i love your beach accessories and breakfast...YUM!

Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

Jenee, you write so beautifully. I often take the time to relish your posts. I'm sorry I haven't had the chance to comment for longest time. We had the horrible flu bug which knocked both Lil L and I out for 3 weeks.

I've never ever been to Cairns. I've never snorkeled either. I think 2013 should be a year where I stretch outside my comfort zone. Such gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing your holiday with us.

Staci (LeatherandLeops) said...

Wow! insane pictures. I am super jealous.

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trishie said...

Happy New Year, Jenee! These pictures look absolutely beautiful. I wish I was in Cairns right now.

Bunnie said...

Wow looks incredible. I am jealous. I need some warm weather getaway right about now.



Allison said...

It sounds amazing! I get somewhat freaked out by "things" that live in the ocean but I would love to view them from the safety of a glass-bottom boat. I wouldn't be so much into the scuba diving. :)

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Anonymous said...

It sounds absolutely amazing!!!

Content Director - Strong Female Leaders said...

Breathtaking views. I'm planning a trip to the beach with my daughters too. Perhaps California?
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Unknown said...

amazing place!
wish I could visit, thanks for sharing!

Always Maylee said...

I want to be there. Next time you go, can I come!?

xo, Yi-chia
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Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

Jenee, I actually just chuck my Alexander Wang tees into the washing machine on normal cold wash and then hang them up to dry. I've worn mine so much. One of the two has a little hold that I've patched up but I'm not sure if I'd snagged it one a zip or something.

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and for the lovely comment on my blog. Xo Inna

Unknown said...

Wow, these photos are simply amazing! :)

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Eimear O'Reilly Stylist said...

looks so good, id love to be there!!! i have a new post up if you get a sec to check it out!! oh and im following you btw x

Amor said...

Wow, what a breathtaking view! Those photos are amazing! :)


Stephanie said...

This looks positively gorgeous and fun! What a great getaway spot :)

Unknown said...

That looks like such an amazing trip! I've never been diving-I went snorkeling in Egypt a couple times and that was amazing in itself, but I would love to go diving there someday! And your photographs are amazing!

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Unknown said...

fantastic place!!!! <3
thanks god, the children grow so quickly ;) ;P

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