These tiny travel writ­ers are part of Bound Round, an in­ter­ac­tive web­site and app that is de­signed for kids by kids. We chat to three of its board mem­bers about their favourite places in Aus­tralia.

Australian Traveller - - Shortcuts - Poppy Sim­monds Rot­tnest Is­land, WA Bells Rapids, Swan Val­ley, WA SkyRail, Cairns, Qld Green Is­land, Great Bar­rier Reef, Qld

I love Rot­tnest Is­land be­cause it’s a unique and spe­cial place that you can only get to by boat. There’s so much wildlife – huge stingrays, pel­i­cans, crabs and cute quokkas that are so tame you can get re­ally close. The beaches are re­ally clean and clear, which means the swimming and snorkelling is awe­some, and the is­land is per­fect for cy­cling as there are no cars. Bells Rapids is an amaz­ing place to visit. The Swan River winds through a big ravine and af­ter the rain, it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see the white wa­ter foam­ing be­low. Some­times we see the ca­noes in the rapids. It’s such a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment ideal for walk­ing (with your dog, too), a pic­nic, pad­dling in the shal­lows, na­ture trails, and kan­ga­roo spot­ting. Dan­gling from the SkyRail gon­do­las is fun! It’s a great way to get a view over Cairns and also see trop­i­cal rain­for­est, the Barron River and Barron Falls. The SkyRail goes be­tween Ku­randa and Cairns and there are two stops where you can get off and ex­plore. My favourite part is the ranger’s guided tour at the Red Peak stop. The ranger told us lots of in­ter­est­ing things about the plants there and how they live and grow to­gether and which ones to avoid touch­ing! Green Is­land can be vis­ited on a day trip or you can stay overnight in the beau­ti­ful re­sort. You can snorkel and dive, but if you want to stay dry there are glass-bot­tom boat rides and also a semi-sub­merged sub­ma­rine where you can see the ocean life. I love snorkelling around the beau­ti­ful coral and fish, and won­der­ing what I’m go­ing to find next!

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