Travel Diaries – Australia East Coast – Cairns To Magnetic Island
We started our Australia trip by flying into sunny Cairns. We hired a car straight away for the 3 week trip along the east coast which we definitely found the easiest and best way to get around as you can just stop wherever you want and it meant we weren’t carrying our backpacks round as much anymore, bonus! We only stopped here for one day so we didn’t have chance to explore much but they lots of restaurants and things to do. We did the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling tour from Cairns which was a really good trip, definitely advise this!
We stayed at the Abbott Hotel in Cairns which was a very pleasant stay. The rooms are super big large comfy beds, great air con and in a great location so you can walk to most places. The hotel was very quiet and peaceful so we got a great night sleep! They also have a sister hotel down the road where you go to get breakfast in the morning. They had such a big buffet with everything you could ever wish for!
We stayed at the stunning Daintree Eco Lodge for one night which is situated right in the Daintree Rainforest one of the oldest rainforests in the world. The rooms were large and spacious with all the luxuries you need including a big bath tub on your private balcony. We did the guided rainforest walk which was super fun learning about all the plants and animals they have in the rainforest including trekking to the hotels private waterfall. The eco lodge boasts an outdoor pool, restaurant and natural swimming hole. The breakfast was one of the best we had, we both had the waffles which were delicious!
Port Douglas is such a cute beautiful place. As you drive In there’s just rows and rows of palm trees. The place itself is small but easy to get around with really nice parks to chill in and watch sunset. There’s also good lookouts to visit and a really cute Church called St Mary’s By The Sea. A very relaxing place to visit for a couple of days.
We really loved Port Douglas it’s a small place which is easy to get around with lot’s of beautiful areas to visit. We stayed at the Pink Flamingo where we had such a fun few days. You have your own villa or studio which is so well kitted out with everything you need. We used the BBQ each night for dinner and spent a lot of time lounging around the gorgeous pool. The whole place is super bright and colourful it has a retro 90s American vibe which I really loved! A great place to come and relax and have everything you need. They also have lots of entertainment, table tennis, bike hire, lots of DVDs and a pool table.
We stayed one night at Tropical Bliss b&b which is a quaint place with gorgeous lush green surroundings and it’s own natural creek to swim in. The owners Peter & Steve made us feel so welcome at all times including making us breakfast before we headed of to Paronella Park. It’s a super quirky place which we really enjoyed.
We had a quick stop over here before heading to Magnetic Island which was very pleasant. It’s a beachfront holiday park which has cabins and villas or caravan and camping spaces if your on a budget. We stayed in a cabin which was really well equipped and had an outdoor pool, BBQ area and a shop. It’s right across the road from the beach which is super convenient. A great place to stop before heading to Magnetic Island and also a great place for family breaks.
We had heard amazing things about Magnetic Island so we were really looking forward to going here. We stayed at YHA Bungalow Bay which was near horseshoe bay. We rented a 4×4 jeep for the 2 days which was a great option for seeing everything and also meant we could get around the island really quick. The hostel is really well equipped and very big. They have activities on every night with a bar and chill out area. We also did the Koala breakfast here which was really fun. You get to hold different Lizards, snakes and koalas. You then get a large buffet breakfast which was really really good there was so much food and variety including pancakes and bacon rolls. Definitely recommend this if your there when it’s on. The little huts are YHA are everything you need plus really comfy beds!
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