Waterfall Wanderers

Mysterious girl on repeat

Thursday 14th September 2017


Today we headed to the Atherton Tablelands and went waterfall spotting. 

We were picked up at 7am by the most cheerful bus driver I have ever met! His name was Jim and he honestly made the trip. Jim is the king of dad jokes and has the best timed music playlist I have ever heard, from waterfalls by TLC as the waterfall came into view to blasting the YMCA on the way home. 

We went to 8 different spots throughout the day, the first being about an hour and half north of Cairns but the journey didn’t feel bad at all because Jim had so many facts about the rain forest and the views kept you occupied.

Stop number 1: Babinda Boulders.
Filled with aboriginal history of a tragic love story which you can read about here

Stop number 2: Josephine Falls.
The first swim stop of the day was the beautiful Josephine Falls which has a natural water slide which was amazing, it was so fun! You have to be careful though because the rocks are so slippery! I slipped and fell down the rocks more times than I like to admit but so did everyone so I wasn’t alone, and Jim was always on hand to help you back up! Just another reason Jim was so good he was the first in the water and last out! He took some fab pictures for us all. The water was so clear, with little to no current and it was so refreshing to jump into after being in the heat, a welcome break after being in the salty sea!


Stop number 3: Millaa Millaa Falls
Que the music. Yes you heard correct, this is the scene of the iconic Peter Andre music video for Mysterious girl. It’s famous for a few other adverts such as herbal essence shampoo hair flips and and an advert for Quantas, but who cares when you can transport back to the nineties and pretend you are shooting your own version of the song? Of course Jim was an expert at getting the perfect shot for all our Instagram needs, I will say that the longer the hair, the better. 


Stop number 4: Malanda Pub
Time for lunch! Here we stopped at the Malinda pub that is over 100 years old and is like an old tavern for some pub grub which was well needed after a morning of adventure! The pub had some great trinkets and posters on the wall showing it’s history. 

Stop number 5: Mount Hypipamee
This was a nice bush walk up to an 85 metre deep volcanic crater. It was a really nice walk but I’m not going to lie, I was on edge thinking about what was hiding in the trees and bushes! 


Stop number 6: Curtain Fig Tree
This was a really interesting looking tree and that has 15 metre high tree roots that have engrossed another tree. 


Stop number 7: Platypus Viewing
Just before the last stop we went to a little creek to go and look for some platypus. Unfortunately we didn’t see any but Jim did say it was mating season so I think they were a little busy! 

Stop number 8: Lake Eacham
The final stop was the breathtaking Lake Eacham. This dormant volcanic crater is filled with turtles and supposedly a crocodile! The water is a warm 23 degrees day and night and it was so lovely to sit and watch the sunset to end a fantastic day.

Overall the waterfall wanderers trip was honesty so worth it. We were dropped of by Jim at about 6pm after having a good old sing a long on the journey home! Not only did we stop at 8 different viewing spots we were well fed andal kept entertained in between stops not just by Jim but the stunning views of the Atherton Tablelands, I would 100% recommend.

Next stop Magnetic Island…

Speak soon,

Hannah x

P.S. Shout out to Jess and Alex for sticking by me when I wasn’t feeling my inner wanderer and was struggling with the bugs and stuff. I am and will always be a big city girl at heart. 

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The Great Barrier Reef

Real life finding Nemo

Wednesday 13th September 2017

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I found paradise.

We booked a boat trip to the reef and it was everything I wanted it to be. We left at 9am and didn’t get back until 5pm. I’m not going to lie the first part of the journey on the boat to the reef was a bit hit and miss. I’ve been out on a boat plenty of times in Wales where the water is about 50 shades darker and the sea a lot choppier, but for some reason my stomach was not loving the Australian waters! Thankfully it calmed down once we stopped and I managed to pull myself together enough to snorkel.

The view on the way out was stunning, I’ve never seen anything like it. The only way I can describe it is that it was like a green screen, it didn’t look real. There are lots of islands surrounding Cairns and each one is slightly different, making it unique.

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It was cloudy in the morning but the sky cleared as the morning went on, leaving blue skies and clear sea for miles. It really put things into perspective as to how big the world is, it is 70% water after all.

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We went to two spots of the reef, the names however I cannot remember! The first was filled with fish and coral, it was insane how close you were to everything. It was my first time snorkelling and it didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately for me, due to my asthma I wasn’t able to do a dive, but Jess and Alex both did it and I am so proud of them! They said it was incredible to go deeper and see more kinds of fish and they even had some great pictures with a real life Nemo! There was a clown fish family and luckily the photographer got some great shots.

After that we had lunch and soaked up the sun on the top deck of the boat.

The next spot we went to was a small cay, which is a small island of sand in the middle of the sea, or as you can see from the pictures, paradise. We got to swim and snorkel over to it and it was just stunning. I know I keep saying it but it just doesn’t seem real, the most memorable sighting of the trip was a royal blue starfish that looked like it had a velvet texture. It was so bright and beautiful it really reminds you how important it is to protect the reef and the life in it. We spent about an hour on the cay, just letting the waves take us in and out, counting the fish go by, it is a moment I will cherish forever.

Next stop, the rainforest…

Speak soon,

Hannah x

I’M HERE!

Can you believe it? I can’t

The past week has been a whirlwind and a half! I left Manchester a week a go and have been in Cairns for 5 nights now. I’m not going to lie to you the journey was tough! I haven’t done a long haul flight in over 10 years so the first flight to Hong Kong was a lot. 11 hours on a plane is a long time, I managed to get though 2 films and a whole TV series! We had a 14 hour stop in Hong Kong and went to Hong Kong Disney land which although was fun, I was really struggling with jet lag and the humidity was too much to handle! The next flight was 7 hours so felt small in comparison to the first. I won’t dwell on the journey as it wasn’t exactly the most enjoyable experience! 

Now for the good bit…

I have one word for this place and that is BEAUTIFUL! Cairns its self is quite a small city by the sea, you can’t swim in the sea though because it’s full of things that want to eat us! Instead of risking a dip in the dangerous waters it has an esplanade alongside the sea, leading to a stunning man made lagoon.

 

We have spent most of our time by the lagoon and the rest of the time sorting out all the life admin that comes with going travelling! I finally have an Australian sim card now and have set up an account with job search which will help with finding a job when funds get low!

I am keen not to let my fitness slip whilst over here and how can you say no to a run when you have these views? The esplanade is perfect for running but speaking from experience it is 100% best to go either early morning before 9am or late afternoon, after 4pm. Foolishly, I though it was a good idea to go at 2 in the afternoon yesterday and the heat was horrible! 

 

We have 4 nights left here in Cairns and then we are beginning our trip down the east coast making 4 stops en route to Brisbane. But before we go we can’t leave without going snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and taking a trip to Daintree rainforest! So expect some more spam from that in the next few days! 

I have been collecting some things for my scrapbook so I will update that shortly but as always I’m making no promises!

Speak soon,

Hannah x