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Reef Holiday in Cairns, Australia

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A September 2000 trip to Cairns by ElyseMc

Bill was the Driver of our Fishing Boat Photo, Cairns, Australia More Photos
Quote: We had the pleasure of spending 5 days in Cairns, Australia the week of Sept 24th. If you ever get the chance, don't miss a trip to Cairns!!! It's a magical place!

Reef Holiday in Cairns, Australia

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One of the main attractions of visiting Cairns is the access to the Great Barrier Reef! Since there are MANY tour options available, you are sure to find a trip to suit your taste. We opted for a deep-sea fishing trip, a snorkel trip on a sailboat, and driving tours on our own. Each day was better than the one before!Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: The best way to get around Cairns is to rent a car and drive. That is, if you can adjust to the English-style of driving! We only ended up on the wrong side of the road a few times! Actually, you learn pretty fast! And when your downtown, park and walk to visit their many shopping centers and restaurants. The dining in Cairns ...Read More

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Nice hotel. The staff was very accommodating, and rooms were very comfortable. Our room overlooked the bay, and we were able to see all of the boats going out each morning and coming in in the evenings.

The Hilton is also just walking distance from where everything is 'happening.' Within 5 minutes, you can reach the boat docks, where the tours leave; the Pier Mall; all downtown shopping, and several great restaurants. For those of us that like a little extra entertainment, The Reef Casino is right across the street!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2000

Hilton Cairns
34 Esplanade Cairns Queensland
Cairns, Australia 4870
+61 (7) 40502000

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Steve Caught a Pretty One Hand-Fishing on the Reef Photo, Cairns, Australia
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On Monday, we had to meet on the dock at 7:15 AM (ugh – 5:15 AM to us) in the morning. We had signed up to take a Mixed Fishing trip, which was a combination of deep sea pole fishing, and also hand fishing on the reef with a spool (similar to what we did at the Maldives). The name of the boat was Bill Fish, and soon we met Bill the driver, who we ended up calling Wild Bill. There was a total of 6 guests on board, and 3 crew members. The first fish hooked was a young black marlin, and it was so exciting seeing him jump out of the water as they reeled him in. Unfortunately for the guy reeling, the line broke just as the fish was coming in to the boat. We all got a good look at the fish, but not a ...Read More

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The River at Mossman Gorge / Daintree Rainforest Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Tuesday we got up to clouds and rain. Actually, that was ok with us, since neither of us really wanted any more sun. We had decided that that day would be our driving tour. Port Douglas is another town close by that was recommended to visit, so we decided to check it out. One of our Aussie friends had told me to tell the kangaroos hello for her, so I kept my eyes peeled to see one. I thought that Aussies had kangaroos like Texans had cows. Nope. More like deer. I understand you never see them out in the light of day, but in the late evenings or early mornings. Sure blew my idea of seeing a kangaroo. I also found out that they don’t have so many in the rainforest and reef areas. Actually, th...Read More

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The Water was Cool, so Most of Us Wore Wetsuits Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Wednesday was the day I’ve wanted to happen for a long time … the snorkel trip to the Great Barrier Reef! This day, we met at the Ecstasea sailboat at 8:10 in the morning, and headed out. 18 guests with a crew of about 6. Since I’ve always heard that there are a lot of sharks around Australia, I had the feel of Roy Schneider in 'Jaws' when he headed out to look for the Great White. In the paper just that morning we had read about two different shark attacks on surfers. One guy was hurt and in the hospital, and one guy was never found at all … just half of his surfboard. Of course, the crew onboard the boat assured me that that was on the south coast, and they rarely saw sharks in the GBR area at...Read More

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Sharp and Pointy Teeth on these Crocodiles! Photo, Cairns, Australia
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On September 22nd, Steve and I left for our Australia R&R trip! This was the first time either of us had ever been to Australia, and neither of us really knew what to expect. We have had friends advise us of where to go, and heard how nice it was, but we really weren’t prepared for the wonderland that awaited us! The first choice we had was which part to visit first … We wanted to avoid Sydney this time, because of the Olympics and the crowds that would be there (living in Asia makes you learn to avoid crowds whenever possible). The decision was to be between going to Adelaide and the wine country, or to Cairns and visiting the beach area. This trip, we decided to visit the beach. And it was...Read More