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Hi I'm Katie, I am a junior at Butler. I am a Strategic Communication major with a focus in Public Relations. I love being involved in campus and hold positions in College Mentors for Kids and Dawg Pound. I am also a Butler Student Ambassador, Morton Finney Scholar, and a member of Pi Beta Phi. I am huge Indy sports fan! Currently I am studying abroad in Sydney Australia!

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Posts Tagged “Cairns”

Rainforests, Beaches, and Crocs Oh My!

While I stayed in Cairns one more day after this, Day 3 was my final day of touring places! On Day 3 I went to the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and on a Crocodile river boat ride. However in the start of the morning we went to an animal habitat. Finally, I saw a joey in a pouch! It was the cutest thing ever. I also saw huge pelicans, which I didn’t know they could get that large! The habitat was really cool because it had animals that I haven’t seen at other animal places I have been to.

Large and in charge pelican!

Large and in charge pelican!

After the habitat we made our way to the Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree is huge and so beautiful. There I learned a lot about the different plant species that are in the rainforest. My tour guide knew so much about the area so it was nice to hear more about it that I probably would have never known. No matter where you go in the Daintree it doesn’t matter because everything is gorgeous. While the Daintree was beautiful I obviously wanted to see Cape Tribulation!

Cape Tribulation is a beach where Captain Cooke landed. He called it Cape Tribulation because it is where he started to come across a lot of problems, so probably not the best name for a place. However, it is gorgeous there. The beach is absolutely amazing, and the day we went was so perfect. I couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Cape Tribulation!

Cape Tribulation!

 

After Cape Tribulation we then traveled to our final destination which was a river boat cruise back home to see some crocs. We didn’t see that many crocs but the ones we did see were scary! Our tour guide said that sometimes the crocodiles will get used to the boat coming around and will inch closer and closer. When that happens they move the crocodiles up the river so that they don’t potentially hurt someone! If it seems like I’m going through this quickly that is because our day went extremely fast! It seemed we just went from stop to stop to stop. However it was a great experience to see all these beautiful places.

Just Call Me Dora the Explorer

After two weeks my mid semester break has come to an end. However, there is a lot I need to catch everyone up on, so for the next two weeks I will most likely be blogging every other day about my adventures since I didn’t have much wifi the whole time. Last time I wrote to you guys I had just come back from Cairns. This week I just finished seeing Melbourne, which is in southern Australia! However, there is still so much to share about Cairns!

On Day 2 of my tour adventures I went to the village of Karunda and rode on the Skyrail/Karunda Scenic Railway. On the railway I traveled through the World Heritage Rainforest. It was so amazing and gorgeous. The railway has a large history behind it and so while driving along the rainforest I learned a lot about the railway as well as the different villages that I went through. In Karunda I shopped a lot for souvenirs! Trying to cover everyone is going to be extremely difficult!

Just being a kid at the Karunda Railway Station.

Just being a kid at the Karunda Railway Station.

I spent the majority of my day in Karunda. The best part was that I got to hold a KOALA! There are only certain places in Australia where holding a koala is ok. This is because these places need special licenses! My koala’s name was Fred and he was so soft. Going to Karunda just for that was well worth it. Besides koala’s I got to eat a German bratwurst so my life was made in Karunda. Don’t ask me how German bratwurst got to Australia…

Cuddle time with Fred the koala.

Cuddle time with Fred the koala.

On the way home we used the Skyrail which is a cableway that takes you above the rainforest and shows amazing views. You can stop along the way to see different viewpoints of the Barron Falls! While Karunda did not top my experience in the reef it still was amazing to see everything in the rainforest from so many different perspectives! Next up I’ll let you guys know about my last adventure day in Cairns!

A look at Barron Falls from one of our viewpoints off the Skyrail.

A look at Barron Falls from one of our viewpoints off the Skyrail.

 

I FOUND NEMO.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve last blogged, but so many things have happened. This week I will be posting blogs about my adventures in Cairns. I did a three day tour of different spots there and it was some of the most amazing places I have seen thus far in Australia.

Cairns is in the northern part of Australia. I’m starting to realize that I was completely oblivious to the size of Australia when I was in the states. Australia is comparable to the size of the states, so going places either means long car rides or flying. Cairns is a three hour flight from Sydney, so not too bad. One of my roommates and I left Monday night to start our adventure. Lately in Sydney it’s been a little cold (high 60’s low 70’s). I know it’s pathetic that I now think that’s cold. However in Cairns it was so pretty and mainly in the high 70’s low 80’s.

For our first day of adventure we went to the Great Barrier Reef. I am not smart and didn’t bring a water proof camera, but I did meet someone on the boat who is sending me pictures, so no worries I will share those with everyone ASAP. The Great Barrier Reef has been my favorite thing thus far. It was the most amazing place I have ever experienced, and as my title shows I FOUND NEMO, and Dory. On top of that I got to see a shark, giant clams that I got to watch open and shut, and I got to hold a sea cucumber, which was disgusting. It was gorgeous day on the reef when we went so I was definitely lucky considering two days before we left for Cairns they experienced a cyclone.

Fishes by our boat before snorkeling!

Fishes by our boat before snorkeling!

You never realize how amazing the world is until you see things like the Great Barrier Reef. While I was snorkeling it was one of the most peaceful things I have ever experienced. I felt like I was in a different world. If I snorkeled away from others and it got really quiet you could hear the fish getting food from the coral. However, I almost it my face against the coral because I started following fish and not paying attention to everything else. I’m still alive everyone so no shark kills here! Next time I’ll share with you guys my adventure to Kuranda which is a village in Cairns. I wish everyone could be here with me to experience these amazing places.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef