AJ Hackett

Apparently, I didn’t think risking my life while trying to scuba dive the day before was exhilarating enough for me; so I decided to spend my last day in Cairns trying bungy jumping. It is something I had been saying I wanted to do for a while so I thought what better place than the only bungy site in all of Australia and the first purpose built bungy tower in the world.

In 1987 AJ Hackett bungy jumped illegally from the Eiffel Tower and introduced the extreme activity to the world. Since then AJ Hackett has several bungy jumping sites throughout the world, the highest being 250 meters in China. The one located in Cairns sits at 50 meters.

As I was climbing up the stairs to the tower my nerves really started kicking in. I had never done something like this before and the idea of just dangling from my feet was wild to me. When I got to the top my nerves weren’t any better but they did tell me there had been no injuries or deaths since the site opened. However, they told me this as they were wrapping a black towel and what looked like a seatbelt around my feet, didn’t feel so secure. Then they asked if I wanted to get dipped in the water and after much debate I said I wouldn’t mind a little bit (maybe just a hand). By far the most nerve wrecking part was trying to slide my toes over the edge. I was so nervous I didn’t think I could do it, I barely even paid attention to the view.

And in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….I jumped! It was exhilarating and then SPLASH, half my body got dunked in the water…so much for a little bit. It was an amazing feeling although still never wrecking at some points when I kept jumping around in the air. When I saw the video of myself afterwards the nerves were written all over my face.

After the bungy jump I did the Minjin Swing (I had purchased a package). The swing takes you from 45 meters in the air to 1 meter in just 3.5 seconds, reaching about 120km/hr. It also involves a self release which means you’re in control. The swing was great as well! The fall after the release is extremely unexpected so you really have no idea what’s coming until you let go. This swing also allows for up to 3 people to swing together, the first jungle swing of its kind.

After doing both activities I felt great, I actually started debating which I wanted to do again. I decided to try the bungy jumping one more time as this time I could choose a level 2 jump. I decided I wanted to try the roof jump, the roof jump involves being strapped only with a body harness and running off the roof into the air. When I got up to the roof and saw it was asks red roof the nerves kicked in again, I thought of how much of a clutz I could be and asked about the possibility of falling off when trying to hop onto the slanted part and get to the top. The worker assured me I wouldn’t fall… Well he was right, I didn’t fall but I banged my knee on the way up, so does that make me the first injury incident on the AJ Hackett site 🤔. Now back to the jump, this time I was a lot less nervous so I was able to enjoy the view, the rainforest, the northern beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Once again the countdown began and once it reached one I ran off the roof. I loved this jump!! It might’ve been because I was less nervous but I enjoyed this jump a lot more than the first, I also think it was the freedom of my feet. The entire experience was so amazing, I’m glad I was able to do it and recommend it to all who have even slightly considered it.


Jørn Utzon wanted this view, the outside to be the most beautiful thing about the Opera House, it is why he clearly defied the rules of the competition and put the halls side to side instead of front to back

Lilly – Syndey

Once I arrived in Sydney I took the train to my hostel, Funk House, when I arrived in the room the 3 other girls seemed reserved, very to themselves. I had only been in a hostel once before, when I had traveled to Valparaiso in Chile, and I knew everyone else staying there so I was a bit nervous about how things would be this time around. The girls in the room didn’t seem to be much conversationalist and right when I woke up from my nap one of the girls turned off the light thinking I was having difficulty sleeping. And this is how I met Lilly.

Lilly is a 24 year old from Malta (not the popular Goya drink), a small European island under Italy and right above the North African coast often times not spotted on a map. She’s traveled to quite a few places living a year in London, a bit in Hungary, visiting Caribbean islands and now being in Australia for the past 5 months.

When she went to turn off the light I actually told her I was just about to get up to head out and invited her to come with me. Lilly said yes with no hesitation and the rest was history. We ended up spending most of my weekend in Sydney together and were able to do a lot of great things together. We got to know a good amount of things about each other in a short period of time (and I also had a photographer when I wanted a nice picture).

It was interesting spending time together, we could immediately tell in some ways we were very different (as will show in future entries) but certain things in Sydney I don’t think would’ve been as amazing if I wasn’t sharing the experiences with someone, even if just 24 hours before she was a total stranger.

It’s crazy to think that when you travel there are so many people you encounter that you might never come across again and meeting Lilly really made me think about this more, even in trips I’ve made abroad in the past. I wish Lilly the best of luck in the rest of her travels through Australia and I hope she finds all that she is longing for in this trip.

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