#4: Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef at Mission Beach

#4: Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef at Mission Beach

“Well, it’s not like you ever hear about people coming down and saying, that was awful, I absolutely hated it, right? And you’re bloody here, so you know you’re going to do it. What’s the point of being nervous?”

Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia
Those were the kind words of comfort I offered to the muscled, tattooed English man who was shaking as we completed our safety training before our first skydive. I don’t think he appreciated the words of bravado coming from a girl half his size.

But if you’re going to do something as crazy as jump out of a perfectly good plane, you have to own it. There’s no point in paying a good chunk of cash for a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you’re not going to enjoy it. And the one phrase that I believe more than anything: confidence is key.

So I kept a smile plastered on my face, soaked up the incredible views over Mission Beach and constantly reminded myself to enjoy this moment—

Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia
As we hopped out of the bus,

In the plane Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia


as we boarded the tiny plane,

Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia


as we soared above private islands,

Jumping out of the plane, Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia
as we hurled out the side of the plane at 14,000 feet,

Freefall from 14,000 feet, Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia
as we hurtled down in a 60-second freefall,Parachute opens, Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia

as we casually floated down under the parachute,

Landing at Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia

into a textbook-perfect landing on the beach.

Landing at Skydive Mission Beach, Cairns, Australia

After we landed on the beach, my legs were shaking and my heart was pumping: this is the adrenaline rush that everyone is seeking. This is a legit high. This is the feeling of doing something that should have killed you and coming out unscathed.

In a word, it was exhilarating. I always wanted my first skydive to be in Australia, and the breathtaking scenery of Queensland—rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, stretches of palm trees along white sand and sparkling turquoise water—certainly didn’t disappoint.

Like I said, no one comes down after a skydive and says it was awful. You just have to be brave enough to try it. I promise you won’t regret it.

Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef was #4 on my Australia bucket list

  • Maggie High

    The view looks fantastic!! I went skydiving once and it was such a thrill. You feel like you can conquer the world after you land! 🙂

    p.s. I love those purple shorts!

  • Awesome photos!! I went when I was 18, but over the center of Florida and needless to say it wasn’t nearly as pretty! But I still loved it as well 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your experience!! 

  • Erica K.

    Isn’t it the best feeling EVER!??! SO glad you did it there!! I did it in Davis, CA of all places! The corn fields were not as cool to look at as your rainforest and ocean- haha!

  • I can’t believe you did that! Who took the photos? Did someone jump with you?

  • That is where I skydived for the 1st time as well! I have almost the exact same pics. And here I thought I was super glam with my gold sandals and you were even more glam with your purple shorts!!! CONGRATS on crossing something of of your BL.

  • Anonymous

    So true! The adrenaline rush was amazing! And those purple shorts are my new faves–so much fun 🙂

  • Anonymous

    That’s awesome! It’s taken me a few years to build up the courage, but I’m glad I got to go somewhere so pretty 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Totally considered doing it back in California–but thought that beaches of Australia would be much prettier than Sacramento fields! Glad I waited 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Yesss I splurged on having a photographer! You can just have the video, but I’m so much more of a photo person than a video person–totally think it was worth it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    What a small world! If they let me wear open-toed shoes, I totally would have rocked some gold sandals–would have been MUCH glammer than my Vibrams 🙂

  • How brave of you! I never get myself to really go for it… even though I’m pretty sure I would love the feeling when I touch back ground and realize I’m alive! Maybe Australia is the key 😉

  • That looks amazing!

  • Oh.. totally did it in California and let me tell you.. you made the right decision. The beaches of Australia far trumps that of California judging from those photos. Gerard and I jumped in Monterey for his 25th birthday. Definitely an adrenaline rush. 

  • Can’t believe your instructor jumped with a hat on! Lol.. Way to splurge on the awesome photos! 

  • Whoo hoo!!! I’m so glad you finally to do it! It looks like you had the perfect day for it too! 

    I have been thinking a lot about where I want to do my first sky dive and this is looking lovely! Way to go for owning it!

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  • YES! So happy you did this! It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done and I just wish I had done it again in Oz 🙂 

  • That’s so true – noone comed out of skydiving and says it was awful. I must try it – now the search for the ideal location begins. 🙂

  • The photos here are simply stunning! I still need to check ‘skydiving’ off of my bucket list.

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  • Yeww – You go girl for conquering that sky dive!

    I love flying, love heights but I would need someone to drag me out of that plane haha.
    Great to see your rocking those vibrams too 😉

  • Anonymous

    You just have to keep smiling, hope for the best and have some fun! Australia is pretty darn adventurous though–inspiring!

  • Anonymous

    It was lots of fun!

  • Anonymous

    Yup, had a lot of friends who did it in Chico or Lodi, but the farm fields just never quite enticed me–Monterey must have been beautiful though!

  • Anonymous

    Haha and it didn’t fall off once! Definitely glad I splurged on photos too 🙂

  • Anonymous

    You would love it, Annie! Go for it!

  • Anonymous

    Mission Beach was a gorgeous place to try it–you would have loved it!

  • Anonymous

    Mission Beach isn’t a bad place to start 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Do it at Mission Beach! So beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    Haha LOVE my Vibrams–only close-toed shoes I own at the moment! Skydiving was awesome, totally worth doing!

  •  I feel a little queasy looking at the photo where you guys are about to jump out of the plane (I don’t want to jump yet!), but the rest of the shots are AMAZING!!!! Looks like a blast 😀

  • Anonymous

    OMG! I’m so jealous! I wish my back would allow me to do something like that, that too is on my list of things to do before I die. Those photos are spectacular! hats off, my dear!

  • Anonymous

    Was totally worth it–absolutely loved the experience! Just have to get over the fear!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks lady! I hope that your back lets you do it too–SO SO SO worth it!

  • Anonymous

    This made me tear up a little bit! I used to live and work in Mission Beach so I recognize a few of those guys! Ashlee told me to say hi way at the beginning of the year and I just saw her comment again as I was cleaning up a bit of my blog. I’m so happy for you that your Australia adventures are going well! If you ever have any questions definitely drop me a line!

  • Anonymous

    Awww how fun! What a fun spot to work! Sadly, I’ll be leaving Australia at the end of 2011–SO soon!–but surely will be back one day 🙂

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