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Australia 2004 - Cairns

A February 2004 trip to Cairns by kimbis

Lilybank Photo, Cairns, Australia More Photos
Quote: This was the Cairns leg of my first trip to Australia.

Australia 2004 - Cairns

Overview

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Playing "postie" for a day was one of the best things I've done on ANY trip.

Quick Tips:

Don't be afraid to go off the beaten path a bit. Cairns is a great place for someone of a little more adventerous spirit.

Best Way To Get Around:

The bus system wasn't of much help to me. They only run about once an hour ... maybe. Most of the activities will pick you up at your hotel, and I would advise a taxi or rental car for most other things.

Lilybank

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Hotel

Lilybank Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Let's get a couple of things out of the way first. If the thought of encountering a gecko on the way to the pool fills you with terror, this is not the place for you. If you are horrified at the thought of flocks of tropical birds flying overhead, this is not the place for you. If the smell of tropical flowers is going to upset your appreciation of breakfast, this is not the place for you. If you recoil in horror at the thought of having to walk a couple hundred feet to some of the best restaurants in Cairns, this is not the place for you. If all those sound like a benefit instead of a hindrance, you need to check this place out. Lilybank B&B ( http://www.lilybank.com.au ) is in a beaut...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

Lilybank
Cairns, Queensland
Cairns, Australia

Playing Postie

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Attraction | "Playing Postie"

Playing Postie Photo, Cairns, Australia
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It seems like an awful lot of folks go to Australia and never even see a kangaroo unless they go to the zoo. They *hear* about the outback, but somehow think of it in terms of a drive to grandma's farm. The "Play Postie for a Day" day trips offered by Cape York Air (http://www.capeyorkair.com.au) will give you an opportunity to experience a part of Australia few people ever see. You get to go on a REAL weekly mail run to some of the isolated towns and cattle stations in the *real* Australian "outback". I went on the short Tuesday run. I met the pilot at the airport at 6:30am, and he figured my weight into the plane's payload for the day as we chatted. Shortly after 7:00am, we took off in a small t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

Playing Postie
Cairns International Airport
Cairns, Australia

Royal Flying Doctor Visitors Centre

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Attraction | "Royal Flying Doctor Visitor's Center"

Royal Flying Doctor Visitors Centre Photo, Cairns, Australia
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This is NOT the biggest museum you are ever going to see. In fact, it's downright tiny. The small admission fee ($5) helps support the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service however, so pony up (and throw in a bit more while you're at it). You will see an informational video, and learn a great deal about this important service. I honestly didn't get the impression they'd turn you away if you DIDN'T have $5, but the service certainly deserves at least that much support from you. While the vast majority of people in Australia live in the cities, that only encompasses about 20% of the land mass of Australia. For the other 80% of the continent, you have people who may be living 400 kilomete...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

Royal Flying Doctor Visitors Centre
Charleville
Cairns, Queensland

Tjakupai Aboriginal Center Photo, Cairns, Australia
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The day I went it was raining, but I think there are hands-on parts of the program when the weather is better. This would be great for slightly older kids. I know that I learned a lot. The presentations at Tjukapai are very well and professionally produced. You see a video on Aboriginal history and a live/video program on culture. They've made provisions for rain in the next part, which includes Aboriginal dances and demos of fire making, boomerangs, diggeradoos and spear throwing. I'm sure these are somewhat different if it's not pouring rain, but they are good even in a downpour. I imagine they're BETTER when they can DO the hands on part of the presentation. The gift shop is a bit overp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

Tjakupai Aboriginal Center
Kuranda, Queensland
Cairns, Australia

Flying Leap

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Flying Leap Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Your flight leaves at 1pm and you want to fit in one last thing before you leave. Not enough time to do most things and still make your flight, right? "Flying Leap" is exactly what you're looking for. . . and they'll even pick you up at the airport and take you back there, so you can check you bags in beforehand and be ready to go. Flying Leap involves a hang glider on a cable. You get strapped in and hauled up the hill. On a clear day, you can see Green Island from this vantage point and there were eagles wheeling overhead the day I was there. The trip back down requires no training and no skill on your part, just a spirit of adventure. It's not ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2004

Flying Leap
Near Cairns International Airport
Cairns, Australia