23 March 2014

Palm Cove Travel Diary

We managed to fit so much into our time in Far North Queensland, it probably explains why I'm so exhausted now that it's come to a close.
Last week, my husband and I unknowingly entered into a state of relative isolation from the rest of the world when we travelled to Far North Queensland. My phone barely had any reception (if at all), and the wifi at our resort was sketchy at best.

That said, we had the most amazing time.

I went up there with the intention of switching off our minds, relaxing on the beach and unwinding in the sunshine. I always seem to forget that I married Action Man and this was never going to be the case. I got my one day of relaxation, but after that we packed our days full of activities and collapsed in a heap of exhaustion just about every night.

We spent all of day two snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef (image 7), cuddling a 1.2m fish called Wally, exploring the coral reefs and the wildlife that inhabits them. There are no words for the beauty that lies down there, and it's an experience that I'll never forget.

Day three was devoted to driving all the way up the coast through the Daintree Rainforest up to Cape Tribulation, which was as far as we could go in our car (not being 4WD), then back down to Mossman Gorge and Port Douglas. Coming from a drought-consumed Melbourne, I can't remember the last time I saw that much green surrounding me!

On day four, we drove inland to Barron Falls (image 1) and got absolutely saturated in the rain, then drove to a winery called Golden Drop where they ferment mangos to make wine instead of grapes (delicious). Finally, we visited Granite Gorge. Granite Gorge was definitely a highlight for us. We hand-fed rock wallabies, climbed over what seemed like endless slippery boulders (over 2km) in the pouring rain and swam with turtles in the lake. Once I got out injury-free I knew it was an amazing adventure that I wouldn't quickly forget.

Our last day was spent checking out the animals at Cairns Tropical Zoo (image 2), and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (image 3) before heading home to the Melbourne.

I'm officially all for making the most of each destination you visit on holiday.

Image 1: Morgan & Taylor Hat, Portmans Cardi, Kate Hill Bag, Zara Skort
Image 2: & Other Stories Top, Zara Skort, Ray Ban Sunnies, Michael Kors Watch

Photography: Tim Shanks & Myself

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Sasha, It looks like you had an amazing time in North Queensland! The first image is so beautiful! Great post , thanks for sharing a bit of your exciting life with us!

    XO Tatianna