First Stop in Western Australia: Scarborough Beach

 Photo of the Week &Turquoise Thursday
Destination: Scarborough Beach, Scarborough, Australia

Scarborough Beach

Bucket List Adventures on Australia’s East Coast

Noosa

Waiting for the wave

As I mentioned in a previous post, Australia’s East Coast is a place where I completed countless bucket list items and adventure sports. Visiting Australia’s East Coast is a dream come true for me. Exploring the Eastern region of Australia for 6 weeks allowed me to complete countless items on my bucket list. From hang-gliding to sand-boarding I tried to do it all. I like to think I am an adventurous person, although not fearless, I am open to experiencing anything unique and out of the ordinary. Continue reading

How to Spend 6 Weeks on Australia’s East Coast and See it All!

Queensland

Coolangatta, Gold Coast

It is hard to believe that I have been in Australia for over two months now. The time is flying by. With only two more weeks, my time in Australia is quickly coming to an end. My first 6 weeks were spent on the spectacular East Coast. I traveled from New South Whales, through the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and all the way up to Northern Queensland. How can I sum up my first 6 weeks in Australia in just one blog post? I am not sure that I can, but I will try. The East Coast gave me my first impressions of Australia, while allowing me countless opportunities to check off items on my bucket list. The East Coast was a dream come true. Continue reading

Snorkelling the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef

Whitsundays

Both Airlie Beach and Cairns are considered gateway towns to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout my travels on Australia’s East Coast, I had two opportunities to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. First, I went snorkeling from Airlie Beach with Ocean Rafting to the Whitsunday Islands which is located on the south part of the Great Barrier Reef. The second time I went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef was from Cairns with Ocean Free just North of Green Island which is located 26 miles from Cairns on the North part of the Great Barrier Reef. Both snorkeling opportunities were incredible experiences. The marine wildlife I encountered was out of this world. Continue reading

Palm Fringed Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation, Australia

I couldn’t help but share this stunning image I captured while visiting Cape Tribulation in North Queensland. It’s like a dream. Have you ever seen anything like it before? I love natural uncombed beaches lined with plam trees rather than buildings. Cape Tribulation was everything I dreamed it would be and more; I can’t wait to return. What other beaches have you seen that have taken your breath away because of their natural beauty and mystery?

Cape Tribulation

Cairns to Cape Tribulation with Active Tropics Explorer

Rex Lookout

Rex Lookout

The locally owned and operated eco certified Active Tropics Explorer took me on a breathtaking day trip to the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and beyond. The fully loaded North East tour departed Cairns and traveled through stunning Port Douglas, historic Cook Town, and all the way to World Heritage Listed Cape Tribulation and the oldest living World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest. Active Tropics Explorer showed me the best of what North Eastern Queensland has to offer. As we traveled further North in Eastern Australia, we left the stop lights and civilization behind us to embrace the calm and tranquility of marrdja (rainforest or jungle) and jindalba (foot of the mountain). Continue reading