Queensland Journals

Four days in Tropical Queensland

A January 2003 trip to Queensland by clarkie

Quote: A little piece of largely unspoiled paradise can be found in and around Cairns and Port Douglas and you can experience so much. Diving, deep sea fishing, coral reefs, white water rafting, heritage listed rain forests, our beloved golf, sensational outdoor bars and restaurants, beaches, walks and shopping.

Four days in Tropical Queensland

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Overview

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Cairns is an idyllic place still largely unspoiled. Sneak out of town just a few kilometers and you find pristine beaches with affordable accommodation. Aboriginal villages and cultural centres abound and up in the mountains and tablelands you will find simple lifestyle of early Queenslanders still being enjoyed today. Staying in Cairns we filled every moment with sun, fun and exploring heritage-listed rain forests along the magnificent Marlin Coast. We stayed at the Tropical Queenslander just 5 minutes drive from the marina where all of the cruises depart. Our motel had a pool, spa and barbecue so we often cooked steaks drinking a bottle of great Aussie Chardonnay or Shiraz and swam in the velve...Read More

Barnacle Bills

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Restaurant

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Barnacle Bills is an excellent seafood indoor/outdoor restaurant well established and recognised in Cairns. We were recommended to dine there and had a great time. Having enjoyed a great day of exploring up the coast, we had cocktails at the Hilton (the pilots at the next table were sharing a horrific story of a troublesome engine problem on approach to Cairns) and just wandered across expecting a table outside to be available. Uh oh, Saturday night and nothing. Pulling some strings by dropping the name of a regular the maitre d' Tony waved some magic and we got a prime position table. The menu is traditional seafood. We shared a dozen oysters. I ordered blackened coral trout -- heavenly -- and h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Barnacle Bills
The Esplanade
Queensland, Australia

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The course surrounds the Sheraton Mirage Resort and the ocean. It is a medium to hard course quite well-maintained. On the back nine you are confronted with signs suggesting crocodiles are lurking about.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Davidson Street
Port Douglas, Queensland QLD 4877
+61 7 5591 1488