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The last day in Australia, what a way to finish the exhilarating and inspirational travels! Tired shattered, and to add to that; it decided to pour with rain.

Cairns was our last stop on our 6-week trip to Thailand and Australia; having booked the reef tour in Sydney 4 weeks ago, we hadn’t established how tired we would be when we reached our final destination before flying back to Sydney.

Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef

A must on the bucket list. We had to go and see the Great Barrier Reef, a bumpy boat ride 80 minutes later, we arrived. Many of our traveling companions were sitting on the deck as the bumps and sea currents hadn’t agreed with them.

Claire and I made ourselves comfortable on the bottom deck sleeping off the effects of our previous heavy night of festivities.

Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef

We arrived at the central tourist location of the reef. Still somewhat gloomy and stormy, I decided to make the most of this adventure and jumped straight in! The water was bright blue and clear and slightly warmer than I thought it would have been.

After a 10 minute dip, I decided to get out and wait for the following destination, which was on the other side of the reef, where it wasn’t as deep, and the tour we were with had private access to this part of it. Of course, I chose to bring my only swimsuit from Tesco, which I love, but it wasn’t exactly the most reef-caring swimwear I have now learned… the hard way.

Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef

After a massive lunch, all you can eat! The boat made its way towards the other side of the reef. I grabbed my blow-up ring tube and paddled around the reef. I, of course, was the only one with a line in the water, but I had brought it from Bangkok and had hardly used it! The different colors of the reef take your breath away.

Colorful fish and unusual-looking creatures all swim happily together without a care in the world. It was somewhat soothing. The sun came out, and the water calmed down; the divers were 10 meters under the sea, and snorkelers paddled the tops of the reef.

Of course, there I was, enjoying the waves and messing around on my blow-up tube—as you do when lounging around the reef. After taking such amazing photos and meeting a lovely crew, I am so glad how the day turned out, memories that will be with me for a lifetime.

I could have swum in the sea for hours on end. The warmth and freedom you felt were so secluded from the rest of the world! Some people say I was a fish in my past life… I’m not sure whether to take it as a compliment or not!

Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef

During our journey home, we engaged in a lovely conversation with a woman at our table. We were treated to free cheese and wine and entertainment (which was the best entertainment I experienced).

The Australian way of living and people’s attitudes are accessible and giving. I know for a fact that next time I am over there, I will be doing the driving course, as that seemed so much fun, and the sightings at the bottom of the reef must be something else. The next stops were Sydney, Dubai, and London Heathrow. Now back in Edinburgh, I can’t help but smile at my adventures of the land, sea, and colors – not everything in this world is photo-shopped! It made me realize how much I need heat and warmth in my life again.

I need the freedom to swim and surf whenever! If you get the chance to do it – I advise you 100%. It was such an eye-opener for me, and it goes to show that materialistic things mean nothing when you get to experience the great outdoors and be with nature itself. Now that costs nothing. (Well, the boat obviously to get there!).

Down Under, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef

I will keep you posted on my future blogs on my travels worldwide!

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