Travel Throwback: Cairns, Australia


I have not done a Travel Throwback post in a while and wanted to start doing them again so for today that is what I decided to share for Travel Tuesday. Normally these would appear on the blog on Thursday and is my avenue for sharing beloved travel photos that have gotten forgotten about in shoeboxes of photographs or in digital storage.

This is from my Australia adventure in the summer of 2002.  I had been wanting to go to Australia for so many years and finally got the chance the summer after my freshman year at Uni.  I went with a group with my school for the inital six weeks were we spent half our time in Sydney and half in Brisbane.  I then stayed longer for additional weeks to travel alone and made my way from Sydney all the way up to Port Douglas and Cairns and then made my way back down.  It was an amazing time and I saw so much that it just made me want to return.

I of course did a lot of the cheese-y tourist-y things like get your photo taken at the museum with the aboriginal tribe members. But it was so much fun and I honestly am so glad I chose to stay for the extra three weeks of travel. Sometimes you have to just get out there and travel alone. It is quite the experience and I am glad I got to do it before I got married and had kids.  Oh yeah and I was blocking blonde hair back then.

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  • Madaline

    Australia has always been on my list -but it’s so far away! I just don’t think I could do that flight…

  • Kaelene Spence

    I absolutely loved my time in Australia! It is on my list to re-visit one day.

  • Corinne Vail

    That is a great photo! For me, cheesy = fun! I love it.

  • TiinaL

    I’ve always wanted to go to Australia… but it’s the kind of place where you need a bit more time (just to get over jet lag…). Great photo!

  • Holly Nelson

    I was going to say – whit whoo blondie!! Sometimes it is just great fun to do the tourist thing! Travelling doesn’t always have to be serious!

  • Laura Evans

    I’ve been to Australia about six times now and i’ve still not made it to Cairns. The perils of visiting family – although obviously I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Food Booze & Baggage

    I would love to explore Australia one day…what a fantastic opportunity and it sounds like you made the most of it! What a fun picture and memory to share!

  • Camila

    That’s so cool! I think it’s definitely worth trying to stay after organised trip because you don’t usually get the full experience!

  • Jessica – Independent Travel C

    Sounds like a fun trip! Look forward to making it to Australia.

  • Bianca @ItsAllBee

    What a cool trip. I haven’t been to Australia yet but hoping to visit my friend there next year.

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  • Claire

    I did the exact same trip, except only one way – I flew into Cairns and out of Sydney. I rented a car, and spent six weeks moseying down the coast, meeting with friends here and there, but mostly driving alone – it was incredible!

  • AmyMacWorld

    I like the blonde! :) It looks like a fun trip. There’s something special about traveling by yourself!

  • Foreign Geek

    EPIC pic Bonnie. LOVE IT!!

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