Danielle Does Australia – Part 2, Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef

The second part of my trip found me exploring Cairns and Airlie Beach within the region of Queensland.  If you ever find yourself in the Airlie Beach area you MUST visit the Whitsunday Islands.  It was one of the best things I have ever experienced and its beauty is so breathtaking!  The sand is some of the purest in the world being 95% silica and the water is an amazing mixture of blues and greens – it wasn’t the best weather the day I visited (it’s winter in Australia at the moment) but it didn’t affect the natural beauty of the place at all. I stayed in Whitsundays on the Beach which is a lot more simple than any of the other accommodations I had stayed in on my trip.  It was just a base for me whilst I explored the Whitsundays and barely spent anytime in my room anyway!  For my Whitsundays trip I booked it thorough Sailing Whitsundays and did the ThunderCat Experience which involved getting a high powered boat to the islands and also some snorkelling to see the fish and coral in the Great Barrier Reef too.

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The Whitsunday Islands

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Exploring the Great Barrier Reef using my Olympus T860 Tough Camera

I also explored Cairns on my trip and stayed did the Skyrail trip which took me over Daintree rainforest in a cable car and allowed me to get off at different stops to explore and also visit the zoo at the top which is where I met Tilly the Koala – this was the single most exciting animal encounter I have ever had!

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I finally got some beach time (my favourite way to spend my time) when I visited Port Douglas and stumbled across Ellis Beach.  The weather was amazing so clearly I had to do a impromptu blog shoot!  All links to these outfits is at the bottom of this post.P7241128

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