Cairns Journals

The Best of Both Natural Worlds

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A December 2004 trip to Cairns by ramcgraw

Quicksilver Tour Photo, Port Douglas, Australia More Photos
Quote: Cairns, Australia, offers the best of two worlds: the rainforest in the mountains, and the Great Barrier Reef.
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All the rooms were set up with either two or three bedrooms, a kitchen, and a patio overlooking the pool gardens. The pools and hot tubs were easily accessible. All the tours picked us up and dropped us off at the front gates of our resort.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Worldmark Resorts
South Cairns
Cairns, Australia

Quicksilver Tour

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Quicksilver Tour Photo, Port Douglas, Australia
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We were picked up from our hotel in the early morning by a tour bus. We had a lively tour guide on the hour-long trip to Port Douglass. Port Douglass has a variety of restaurants and shops to entertain you while you wait to board the ship. We boarded the ship and had a 1.5-hour voyage to a platform for snorkeling and diving. The ship offered tea and biscuits right from take-off as well as some informational programs about the possibilities at the platform. We were served a buffet lunch on the ship as we neared the platform. The food was mostly cold picnic-type foods and pleasant enough. Once at the platform, we put on our snorkel equipment, which included the standard gear and a wetsui...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Quicksilver Tour
Marina Mirage
Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia 4877

A Day in the Rainforest

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A Day in the Rainforest Photo, Cairns, Australia
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We started our day by being picked up at our hotel by a tour bus, which drove us to the train station. We rode the scenic railway up the mountain, taking about 45 minutes. It was a beautiful ride up the mountain. The trip was narrated by a tour guide who explained the significance of building the railroad and pointed out landmarks. There was one stop on the way up the mountain at an overlook of Barren Falls. This was a great photo opportunity. At the top of the mountain, we rejoined our tour bus and were driven the 5- to 10-minute trip to Kuranda. We were dropped off with about an hour to shop. The village has many shops, and several are local artist boutiques. We enjoyed shopping in the vi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 13, 2005

A Day in the Rainforest
Kuranda
Cairns, Australia

A Car Trip to Natural Beauty

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A Car Trip to Natural Beauty Photo, Cairns, Australia
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We took a road trip south of Cairns on a loop road. It took between 5 and 6 hours, with lots of stops to drive the loop. It would probably take about 3 hours to drive it straight, but then where is the fun? Our first stop was a quaint teahouse at Lake Barrine. There was a beautiful garden for a great photo opportunity. This would be an ideal spot for an outdoor wedding. It is so beautiful. We asked for scones and tea even though they were not on the menu, and of course, they served them. We sat on a deck facing Lake Barrine, which is a crater lake. Our next stop took us slightly off the loop to a small town named Yungaburra. There was a great little shop there that had fabulous wood...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

A Car Trip to Natural Beauty
South of Cairns
Cairns, Australia

Paronella Park

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Paronella Park Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Paronella Park is hard to describe. It belonged to a Spanish man named Paronella and his wife. It was their vision to have a castle in this part of Australia. There are many gardens and remains of the castle. In the early 20th century, it was the center for entertainment in the community. They showed movies, had tennis matches, threw garden parties, and swam in the nearby river. The tour, which is part of the entrance price to the park, is very thorough and explains the different features better than I can. The present owner of the park greeted us in the parking lot and told us our money would be refunded if we did not think this was a unique experience. It was definitely a unique experience...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

Paronella Park
Japoonvale Road, Mena Creek, near Innisfail
Cairns, Australia
(07) 40653225