Monday, 27 November 2017
4 am – Waking up at this hour on holiday = death.
5:15 am – Uber to Sydney Airport.
7:25 am – My brother and I had one backpack each. This is worth mentioning because I usually “pack the whole house”. It felt so good to travel light!
Thank God our flight was ON TIME! I was prepared for a possible delay. Our plane took off at about 7:50 am.
2 hours and 45 mins later…
9:45 am – Arrived at Cairns Airport. Just FYI: Queensland is one hour behind Sydney. So, we “gained one hour” (YAY!). Our shuttle bus (free service) to our accommodation was already waiting for us at the pick up area.
10 ish am – We stayed at Caravella Backpackers (The Esplanade) which was at the esplanade (obviously). There’s another branch (Caravella Central Backpackers) right smack in the city where all the shops are. In terms of which one is better, you decide:
The Esplanade – Opposite the sea, park and play area, peaceful and quiet, 15 – 20 min walk to main shopping/food area.
City Centre – Near shops and food, not as quiet and peaceful, nearer to the reef fleet terminal (meeting point for most tours).
Thank God our room was ready when we got there. We settled down and asked Mr Google/Instagram for the best place to have FOOD!
11:30 am – We made our way to Caffiend for brunch.
It was about 20 – 25 mins walk from our accommodation.
Eggs, salmon, beetroot and avocado on toast.Breakfast burger with bacon and egg.
This was our first proper meal of the day (since 4am).
We were FAMISHED.
Of course, there was COFFEE! To be honest, coffee from Caffiend was not great. Way too acidic for me.
We spent the entire day walking around the city centre. Safe to say we covered EVERY corner!
The town is everything you can expect from a typical tourist area with loads of coffee shops, factory outlets, Aussie brand stores, souvenir shops etc.
4 ish pm – After all that walking, we were hungry before dinner time. We were deciding what to eat when we stumbled upon this local pizza place. The smell was incredible and they were offering special deals! #winning
15 dollars for this fresh family-size handmade pizza loaded with toppings! So worth it!
Pizza with a view.
5 ish pm – Went back to the room for a short rest.
6:30 pm – Played around in the park. We squeezed in a super short workout (mostly play)! We then walked along the Esplanade all the way to the reef fleet terminal. We had to go there the next day for our tour so we decided to check it out to avoid getting lost. It was a lot cooler at night with the breeze (35 degrees during the day).
Took a dip at the The Esplanade pool.
Had gelato at Devine gelato. The shop was not as fancy as the other gelato places but we decided to trust the ratings (4.7/5). It definitely did not disappoint! We found out that the place was run by a family and they make fresh gelato every day! So, never judge a book by its cover (HAAAA!).
The rum and raisin was SO GOOD!
Picked up some snacks at Woolies before heading back to our room. We were super tired and slept before 11pm.
Stay tuned for Day 2 – The Great Barrier Reef Tour!
*Accommodation was booked via booking.com
*All tours were booked via lastminute.com.au
These websites made it easy with loads of deals, free cancellations and no commitment or upfront payment required. This is NOT an ad or sponsored post. Just my honest opinion after going through MANY different websites.