When it comes to traveling Australia, Sydney and Melbourne get a lot of attention. So does Uluru and the Outback. But along with the Opera House and the red dirt, if there’s part of Australia you have to experience as a student backpacker, it’s the Great Barrier Reef.
You can sail the Whitsundays and get a good taste of Aussie ocean life, but if you want to live out the whole “Finding Nemo” thing, getting up close and personal with crazy colorful fish of all shapes and sizes, then you need to get to Cairns for a scuba or snorkeling trip. Because Cairns is such a popular jumping off point for tours, it’s also a hotspot for nightlife and a great place to meet other travelers.
Right now Travel CUTS is offering a chance to win a trip to the Reef with their Change Your Latitude promotion. You get get all the details on their website, but here’s what the Grand Prize Winner will receive:
Roundtrip flights for 2 to Cairns, from: Toronto, Vancouver,
New York or Los Angeles
2-Nights twin accommodation at The Calypso Inn
Backpackers Resort in Cairns
2-Day Cape Tribulation ‘Go Wild’ Reef n Rainforest Tour for 2, including:
- Round-trip transfer from Cairns to Cape Tribulation
- One night’s twin accommodation at the Cape Trib Beach House
- Day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, including lunch
- Also included: Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River Cruise, Cape Tribulation
The site also offer a currency converter and a trip planner if you want to put together an adventure of your own. Tour the rainforest, camp on the beach, travel by 4WD vehicle, go rafting or do it all. You can pick and choose the sites and activities that interest you to put together your perfect trip.