Hello boys and girls,
We are Rithanya (the one writing this blog), Lena and Kassandra and we went on a 12 day trip to Australia! It was a wonderful experience, as it is totally different from our place of stay, Germany. We planned 3 amazing destinations. Our first destination was Cairns in Far North Queensland. It’s one of the most greenery places in Oz. That’s why we chose this destination, since we love nature very much.
Our flight took off on 1st November at 9 am from Hamburg with Singapore Airlines. Actually my mum used to hurry me up to go to school, but this time, I had to hurry them up. After all we had to get up early. I made the best of this trip: I booked Business Class seats from Hamburg to Frankfurt and from Frankfurt to Changhi and First Class tickets from Changhi to Cairns!
When we reached the airport, we did the baggage check and went to our gate. As there was time to board, we took our seats and waited there. Suddenly, a drunken man sat next to me. He offered me a Wodka. I just looked him in an another angle and gazed him for a few seconds. „What’s your problem? I just offered you Wodka.“ I felt a bit disappointed. There were storms of thoughts swirling in my mind like a cyclone – „My goodness, how could he offer me something like that? I’m not even 18! Do I look like a alcoholic human? How will he be allowed to enter the flight?“ Meanwhile, seeing my saddened face, Lena consoled me and asked me to be cool and not to spoil the mood. After a while, there was the call for boarding and we queued up in the queue for Business Class.
We were standing behind the drunken man. And then the conversation started between the man and the staff: When he showed the boarding pass, the staff said he has to wait at the queue next to us, as he had boarding pass for Economy Class. The man was resisting to move away from the business class queue. „Why shouldn’t I wait here? This queue is much shorter.“ The staff explained everything, but still he refused to change. That’s why they took him away from the queue. We don’t know what happened next.
It was the first experience for me to travel in Business/ First Class seat. I felt like very „majestic“. When the staff asked us what kind of food we want to have for lunch, we ordered vegetarian food. When we started eating, Lena said:“ Hmmm, it tastes like Bacon. Maybe we should check our food, especially Rithanya’s, as she is vegetarian.“ I went panic but she ensured me, that my food is vegetarian. Only Lena’s food was changed. I was so relieved, because I escaped from a disgusting situation (disgusting for me, because I have never eaten meat).
If our flight layovers were a bit longer, we could explore more cities, for example Frankfurt or Changhi. But we enjoyed the view from the plane and the comfort of the Business and the First Class.
You know, Australia is far away from Germany, that’s why we reached Cairns next evening at 5.20 pm. We couldn’t do so much, because we reached Cairns very late. Our first impression was more than we expected: we still can’t believe, that we were living in a marvelous place named Cairns for 3 nights! There is more than we think. We used to live in big cities, but this time it was just outstanding. We can’t explain how it was – we are speechless!
I booked a holiday apartment named „Cairns City Apartment“. It’s a 4-star hotel. Being tired, we didn’t explore Cairns on that day. So we started exploring from 3.11.2018. Intentionally, I booked an apartment, so that we could make our own breakfast. We saved so much time, as it wasn’t necessary to wait, till they serve breakfast. I had to do most of the work, since it wasn’t difficult for me to get up early. But still it was an unforgettable trip for us ;).
The next day, on 03.11.2018 Lena and Kassandra surprisingly got up earlier than me. Astonishingly, they were eating breakfast when I woke up. I didn’t wake up late, they woke up early, as they couldn’t sleep, due to excitement. I have made ready myself and had my breakfast, meanwhile Lena and Kassandra were packing for our travel.
Our first destination was the Great Barrier Reef. Our train came a bit late, but it wasn’t matter at all and we came punctually. It’s the biggest reef in the world. Being very large, everyone could see the reef even from the space! For the first time we went snorkeling in a such clear water. It was just wonderful! We saw turtles, fish, dolphins etc. It went flawless…
…till the boat stopped moving forward, when we were on the way to land. We were situated in the middle of the ocean, so it couldn’t be a great idea to swim back to land. Moreover, we had to give our cell phones to the reception and it’s impossible to contact someone with an underwater camera. It was so horribe!
After long time, a boat came from Great Barrier Reef, sailing towards land. We asked them for help, but they explained, it’s impossible. They neither have a rope or a device to contact others. But they offered to help by informing others when they put a step on the sandy beach. We were so relieved and happy, when entering the coast of Cairns.
It took very long, but it was possible to explore all sights from our list. We ate lunch at „Salt House“ and ordered one pizza Funghi, pizza with vegetables and pizza with spinach. After long time I could eat such a delicious pizza and so were Lena and Kassandra. Having an excellent atmosphere, we could recover our stress from the Great Barrier Reef. But we had very less time. Who wants to miss attractions in Cairns?
Our second attraction was the „Skyrail Rainforest Gateway“. We could ride gondola over the rainforest. It was my dream when I was very small. After long time my dream was fulfilled. Everyone were keen to ride gondola atleast one time over the rainforest. Kassandra was the first. She went berseck when she heard she was the first. After the workers secured her, she started „skyrailing“ over the rainforst. Everything went well…
… till she almost hit a huge tree. Everyone were panicked. Luckily, they had many tracks, ensured that there wasn’t any trees or other dangerous obstacles and closed the gate where Kassandra rode. Lena was the second. She didn’t feel well, since she is afraid of heights. I could read her expression. I hoped, it will end good and it’s a great opportunity to get the fear out. While riding, Lena shouted all the time! I bet everyone could hear her scream, who were in the rainforest. I’m so sorry for her. But actually she was very courageous and I appreciate for that :).
And then it was my turn. I was so excited and I couldn’t wait even for one second. I started riding and it was better than I expected: While inhaling the fresh air from the rainforest, I enjoyed the scenic view above the rainforest. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so I couldn’t take shots. Coming to the other side, I found out, that Kassandra made photos ;). The view on the other side was very stunning and the only word I could say was: WOW!!! (\°°/). My friends were just as speechless as me!
We went back to our hotel by train, made dinner (as usual bread with various spreads and cornflakes in addition). We went to bed early and closed our eyes with lots of hope for tomorrow…
04.11.2018, a wonderful morning it was. It was raining last night and at that morning a rainbow was painted by the sun in its dawn. This time Lena made breakfast. We ate omlets, bread and cornflakes. Unfortunately, we started a bit late and missed our train. [because of Kassandra :(]
Our third destination was the Daintree National Park. It was beautiful. We love national parks more than any playgrounds!…
…Ok, I like big playgrounds but national parks are special and unique, because we can’t create them artificially.
We booked a guide, so that we could learn about the forest. Do you know something? That rainforest is 130 million years old and it’s still existing! I thought all forest, surviving for a very long time, have been destroyed! My opinion is, these people, who lumber rainforests all the time, are very cruel. There are still some people lumbering rainforests in several parts of the world, even though it is prohibited! I felt very ashamed for that, because I’m a human too.
Lena was fascinated during the guide all the time. You have to see her expression! I had to laugh all the time ;). Kassandra’s was even more strange. Her expression was the same all the time with open mouth , looking like: „I have nothing to say, it’s just fabulous!“ She was looking like a walking robot with no battery – ok, however we loved that place so much and I just say everyone has to see that place once in a lifetime (minimum).
Our visit took just 1 and a half hour, because I wrote many things on my list. My friends usually can’t tolerate, if they miss to go to a place they love or never seen. Me too, but it depends where we are going and how my situation is. That’s why I am a bit more flexible than my friends.
It was lunchtime and as usual I reserved a table for us three in a restaurant, named „C’est bon“. We had to be very dependent with train and bus, cause they were the only means of transport. Yes, it’s a french restaurant (as the name says) and I just wanted to try different dishes and so were Lena and Kassandra. We ate vegetable Quiches and Tarts. For dessert (not desert ;)) we ate „Crème Brulée“. It’s a kind of pudding and it’s very special in France. My friends were very satisfied. Making my friends happy, it made me a proud feeling.
In the evening, we decided to go to the „Barron Gorge National Park“. Yes it was a rainforest too, but there is more than just trees. I didn’t publish none of the photos I took due to privacy and copyright. But if you google them, you have that feeling, you want to go there at any cost. I had that feeling too, when planning our trip. But it was more incredible than I thought: The scenic view has blown my mind!
Do you know what „gorge“ means? It means canyon in french. If I say the truth, I don’t know why the national park was named like that.
There are some canyons in the national park, do you know that? They are so steep, some parts of the canyon are 45° steep! That’s why 23 people died during the construction of the Kuranda Scenic Railway! After a while we rode on that and booked the „Gold Class“. The view was sooooo scenic ( like the name says ). We saw many beautiful cliffs, huge mountains, extraordinary waterfalls (Stoney-Creek-Fall and Surprise-Creek-Fall) and a stunning view from a mountain through Oz.
Being very tired, we took the train before the train we wanted to take (I know, it’s a bit confusing) and reached our apartment a bit earlier. With lots of expectation we ate dinner (as usual bread), brushed our teeth and went to bed.
On the next day, the 5.11.2018, at approx. 4.30 am, I heard a strange noise. I woke Lena up, because I had a strange feeling and I didn’t want to look after at alone…We went to the kitchen and saw Kassandra, ransacking the kitchen. „May I know what you are doing here?“, asked Lena. She just turned her head to us, saw a bit bewildered and continued fiddling the whole kitchen. „I think she is in a sleepwalk… Ahm, Kassandra, do you want to go to the bathroom?“, I asked. She went to the bathroom without reply, stood there a few seconds, flushed the toilet and went to bed. After a while she started to sleep very deep. We just saw her with open mouth, wrinkling our forehead. Maybe she was very tired.
In the morning, we packed our baggage, as it was the last day in Cairns. But we didn’t take the baggage with us, because we planned to come to the apartment once more in the evening. Our last to last destination in Cairns was the „Tyapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park“. My goodness, these names are very long…
Do you know that the Uluru mountain is sacred and not allowed to touch it? Yes, we can’t even touch it. And do you know about the „Stolen Generations“? No, then I can shorten their history, but I won’t write very detailed.
In 1788, 300.000 to 1.000.000 Aborigines lived in Oz (Oz is the shortform of Australia). Aborigines are natives in Oz. Convicts from Great Britain were convicted in Australia. They were the first Europeans, entering that land. After more and more people settled in God Zone country (Australia), the white people took their land away from them and they even died from the diseases the Europeans brought! In 1901, the Aborigines were even not accepted as citizens! Isn’t it cruel? The Europeans abducted aboriginal kids and brought them far away from their hometown, to teach them white people rules and regulations, their culture, habits etc. They are not allowed to speak Aboriginal language or to carry on their culture! I couldn’t survive in such a cruel situation. I’m so sorry for them…
But times changed. In 1971, the government gave their land back. Ok, it’s not a big achievement to get back what they had before. It’s like getting our phone in a month back. But in 1998, the government introduced a „Sorry Day“ for apologizing to the Aborigines! In 2008, they were allowed to carry on their culture and it’s well established. Recently, there are 700.000 Aborigines, living in Australia.
Yes, that’s the story. We ate lunch there, so that it isn’t necessary to travel in the next best restaurant. There were so many delicious dishes to order and aboriginal dishes are more delicious than I thought. I would recommend to all , reading this blog to search for aboriginal recipes.
Our last destination in Cairns was the „Rainforestation Nature Park“. There are many tropical gardens and it was so amazing! There were so many small and cute animals like squirrels or sparrows. We just laid ourselves on the dry grass, listening to the animal sounds, watching how squirrels were fighting for a female one, and closed our eyes for a while. It was also a good place for a barbecue, but we didn’t bring one, but they offered BBQ lunch buffets and bought some for dinner, so that we could eat when we were at home :).
After this attraction, we needed to go to a supermarket to buy groceries. Of course, we went home after that and packed our dinner plus breakfast for the next day. Lena went to the lift with the luggage, while I and Kassandra made food and left our apartment as neat as possible. Catching the train we went in and chose the place, where three people could sit together. When the train started, we unpacked our dinner (BBQ lunch buffets) and watched the view from the window. After a while, we shouted together „Welcome to Townsville!“ Many people thought it was an announcement! If you want to know what happened next, please read the blog from Lena, my travel partner.