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Cairns - Australia

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After Auckland our next destination was Cairns, pronounced as "Cans", Australia, via Brisbaine. At check-in it appeared that Qantas Airlines was not really organised.

At the checking in in Auckland we were told twice to go via immigrations in Brisbaine, collect our bags and check in for Cairns. This was not so easy when we got there with only one hour to spare.....
First we cleared immigrations, went to find that only one bag had arrived and the other was lost... after 40 minutes looking for the bag we found out that they gave us the wrong information. We did not need to collect our bags or clear immigrations. We should have just transited to our next flight. Now only 15 minutes before the flight to cans we found a brother to help us. Thank god!!
He called to hold the plane, we walked us through security, were they took all our liquids over 100ml, costing us over 30 euros then moving us to the plane.

Open Water Diving Course
As soon as we arrived in Cairns, we tried to book up an open water course for me. Apparently Scuba diving gets more popular as the first company we tried (Pro-Dive) was fully booked for the time we were in the city. Fortunately, we found another one (Deep Sea Divers) where I could start immediately. Professional company offering a 5 day course of which 2 days training in the pool, 2 days open sea training and 1 day fun diving. I must admit, It was all work and no play. Doing your open water in warm water and with the sun on your fins, its a hard life. On top, the equipment is heavy and the under water breathing is quite an adjustment. Most of the time, I did not know where I was in the water ( under water coordination = very hard!!), I was locating my buddy and I was looking at my gauge or oxygen meter. But once you are at ease with that, it is truly an amazing experience. I'm ready to start the real Scuba diving now.

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Quad biking
Whilst Evy was doing her Open water I descided to go quad biking on my own. Little did I know that I would meet the brothers from hell. 2 brothers that have been quad biking all their crazy lifes. I was told it was a scenic ride... this was far from the truth. Let put it this way.... I was very lucky to be alive!!

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation is north of Cairns, and the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the reef. Watch out for the wild life on the roads!
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To spice it up, we did a night walk in the rain forest. We thought we were out for a quick evening walk but our guide thought differently of that. He insisted on showing us the many smaller and bigger creature that come out at night in the forest. After a three hour tour I had seen enough and was thursty as hell. However, at night finding a bottle of water in the middle of f**king nowhere is a challenge. After another half an hour walk we managed to reach civilisation and found a bar that was still open. Thank God! Water never tasted so good.

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Posted by ansaevy 02:37 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking

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