Sue Kang writes for Sydney Social 101 and did a few road trips with us around NSW and QLD. We loved having her on board and loved it even more when she shared her thoughts on road trips. Read more from Sue Kang at Sydney Social 101 here.
Cairns – within Tropical North QLD. Beautiful weather. Palm trees everywhere. Great Barrier Reef. Islands to be visited and cocktails to be had. Where better to have a girls trip away? Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to enjoying the perfect girls trip near Cairns by @suekang_
1. Eat Cake by the Ocean
Damn, is Joe Jonas listening? Grab that cake and sit your insta-perfect arse in front of a beach and eat a cake. Bonus points if you have this song blasting from your campervan as you stare dreamily into the ocean.
My recommendations on where to grab that cake? Easy:
If you’re near Cairns:
Ozmosis Café 62 Grafton Street, Cairns City QLD 4870.
If you’re near Port Douglas:
Mocka’s Pies 9/34 Grant St, Port Douglas QLD 4877
When we drove up to Port Douglas we saw signs loudly declaring that Mocka’s had won AWARDS based on their baked goods. This place is not to be argued with. And now if you’ve made your way up north on an epic road trip towards Port Douglas/Cape Tribulation area from Cairns, your next mission is finding a beach where it’s safe. Be warned. Crocs everywhere. #CROCSbytheOcean
2. Eat to your heart’s content.
Oh shiz. Did I do another eating step? Yeah well FOOD IS THE RHYTHM OF LIFE. THE SPICE TO MY ALLEY. THE KING TO MY LION.
This time, it’s not about capturing that epic instagram shot with an on-point caption that flawlessly mentions a cool song. It’s about putting your phone down (no, don’t pick it up, not even to use snapchat) and just feasting. Eating until you really feel the meaning of the word gluttony. I have personally found that after hiking the Overland Track for six days, my personal gluttony limit does not exist, but see what you can do.
My fancy feasting options:
- If you’re in Cairns: Salt House
Marina Point, 6/2 Pierpoint Road, Cairns City QLD 4870
- If you’re in Port Douglas: Salsa
26 Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877
I’d also like to personally recommend the Toblerone cocktail from Salt House. It takes the edge off the fact that everything in the waters in Tropical North Queensland wants to kill you. Stingers. Crocs. Nemo.
3. Going back to nature – camping adventures.
Yeah it’s not all about feasting and dying of indigestion here. You have to go back to nature and really enjoy it.
It’s obviously made better if you have a JUCY van as all you need is get yourself a cool campsite and then you chill and absorb the atmosphere. Cape Trib Camping was amazing as there was a beach literally 5 second walk from our camper van site. Not to mention the nightly entertainment.
We were greeted by a good old Aussie bloke by the name of Fitzy and Wippa. Oops I mean Whippy Whip Whip Nae Nae something. Oh okay fine, his name was Nathan ‘Whippy’ Griggs. I immediately mistrusted him as he opened his act by saying he was a famous whippa on social media. Jesus Christ. Does such a thing exist? But then as we settled in and watched him whip (nae nae). It was actually really entertaining. I mean, what better than whipping as dinner entertainment in regional QLD? I half expected Crocodile Dundee to rock up at any moment holding a Koala and wombat (and they’d be called Shazza and Dazza).
Much Australia. Many Nae Nae.
Where We Stayed: Cape Trib Camping
Lot 11 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, QLD 4873 http://www.capetribcamping.com.au/
Fitzroy island has something to offer to everyone. It’s got hikes. It’s got snorkelling. It’s got kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. It’s got massages. It’s got loads of cocktails. I recommend doing the Summit hike, short walk to Nudey beach and drinking the cocktails. In whatever order you’d like. I’m always going to treasure my memories of floating at Nudey beach with my friend Nora (@missnora_x) until the sunset, talking about everything and anything.
Also I’ll have good memories of us paying only for the continental breakfast and then, fearfully consuming hot breakfast food (bacon and more bacon) under the watchful eye of the Frightening Breakfast Lady. Because we are criminals. Worthy of being serenaded by Britney Spears.
And then later, finding out that we paid for the Hot Breakfast and didn’t actually need to cower in fear. Oh well. We live and we learn. We bacon and we learn.
Where we stayed: Fitzroy Island Resort http://www.fitzroyisland.com/