Our day trip to Kuranda turned out different than expected. We thought the focus would be the markets, which turned out to be a disappointment. We did find an enjoyable walk through the surrounding area. Getting there and back was part of the fun. 

Green Island

Green Island

Green Island is a small island off the coast near Cairns. Multiple companies offer excursions there. You can snorkel from the beach or just sit on it if you want. There are also walks and a place to eat.



We enjoy snorkeling and knew we had to see the Great Barrier Reef while in Australia. We chose to access it via Cairns because it was convenient and fit our budget. 

Flying Foxes in Melbourne

flying foxes

We were intrigued — and just a little freaked out — by the giant bats flying foxes near our hotel and sought them out on our last day.

Laneways in Melbourne


Melbourne is famous for laneways: narrow pedestrian streets that have restaurants and shops and such alongside them. We had never experienced them so we explored about 10-15 of them.