My lovely employers at Kroombit put me on a holiday from a holiday. They gave me a Oz Experience bus pass from Kroombit to Cairns! I only had about two weeks to make it up and back and I also wanted to meet a friend in Cairns; so, I did the unthinkable…I went straight up! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Oz Experience, it’s a hop on hop off bus service. They have drivers with silly names and sometimes even crazier personalities. Unfortunately, it has been taken over by greyhound.
The route I took: Kroombit –> Airlie Beach –> Magnetic Island –> Cairns
Airlie Beach: The gateway to the Whitsundays (I didn’t get to partake in this amazing experience but just about everyone I met loved it!). Spent only a night in Airlie Beach and met up with one of my favorite gals from Kroombit. Airlie is a long line of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops. Fun for those who love to party but I thought it was a little seedy.
Magnetic Island: Wish I could have spent more than a night here! Stayed at Base backpackers which is nice because it is right on the beach. Maggie has a lot to offer. You can go on a nice hike, get your scuba diving certification or zip around in small barbie like convertable cars.
Cairns: A great jumping off point to other activities. There is plenty to do around Cairns but not much in the city itself besides partying, lazing about and shopping. If you have the money I would say get out and explore the Tablelands, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas…the list goes on! I found the weather to be perfect in late May.
I took a day trip to Cape Tribulation and went Jungle Surfing! I booked everything through Back Country Bliss Adventures. They are amazing. They arranged my tour and transporation from Cairns to Cape Tribulation.
While in Cairns I also was lucky enough to travel with one of the Oz Experience drivers.
Thoughts on my activities..
Cape Tribulation – Wish I had spent more than just a day there.
Horseback Riding at Wonga Beach – The crew was top notch and it was fun but if you’re an adrenaline junkie this will definitely not satisfy your thirst for blood pumping adventure. Hard to get to the location if you don’t have a vehicle. My tour booked with Back Country Bliss took care of the transportation for me.
Jungle Surfing – Must do if you’ve ever wanted to ride horses on the beach. You’ll ride through the rainforest and on the beach. For experienced riders, you get to take your horse for a canter on the beach! Scratch that off my bucket list.
Northern Greenhouse – My favorite hostel in Cairns. I stayed at a number of different hostels but this one was my favorite. It has a great location and atmosphere. If you want a place that is quiet, clean and has friendly people, this is your hostel.