Cairns Journals

12 Days in Oz - Cairns

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A July 2001 trip to Cairns by Montse

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Quote: This is journal 2 of 3 for this trip. 12 days --4 in Syndney, 4 in Cairns, and 4 in Melbourne. An amazing trip, everything from hot air ballooning to snorkeling to walks in the rainforest.

12 Days in Oz - Cairns

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Overview

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We visited Cairns in the Australian winter, which was my summer. The weather in Cairns during the winter was beautiful, about 70 - 80F degress during the day and no cooler than 60F at night. You might need a light jacket at night during their winter, but you'll save a lot of money over the summer prices and there's less tourists. There's a lot more to Cairns than the Barrier Reef. My highlights: Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail (Cable Car over the Rainforest) Cairns NightTime Zoo Kuranda Scenic Railwaiy - Steam Train through the rainforest. Champagne Balloon Ride at Sunrise Whitewater Rafting in the Baron Gorge National Park Cape Tribulation/D...Read More

Hog's Breath Cafe

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Restaurant

Hog's Breath Cafe Photo, Cairns, Australia
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"Hog's breath is better than no breath at all!" That's one of the mottos you'll see around the restaurant. I read a few other reviews of Hog's Breath where the writer said they had hamburgers there. You don't go to Hog's Breath for burgers! (That is, unless you made the mistake of stopping in for lunch rather than dinner.) After 5:30pm they have their 18 hour slow cooked prime rib available. This is their specialty. You can tell by the insert in the menu with a list of 8+ types of prime rib and pictures. (Blackened, Hickory Smoked, Italiano w/garlic and Peppercorn ect...) For an appetizer, I have to recommend their creamy pumpkin soup. It was so good, we went back again...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2001

Hog's Breath Cafe
64 Spence Street
Cairns, Australia
+61 (07) 4031 7711

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Attraction | "Rainforest Skyrail to Kuranda"

Kuranda Skyrail Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Imgaine riding a cable car over the canopy of a rainforest for over 4.5 miles. This is the Skyrail Experience that takes you over Barron Gorge National Park which is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. If you are in Cairns, this is a can't miss activity. The Skyrail was built in 1994, following a 7 year approval process from over 20 goverment agencies. The four stations and 32 towers were all built in existing clearings so no rainforest would be disturbed. Helicopters flew in the towers and materials, rather than building roads. The ride from Cairns to Kuranda takes about 1.5 hours including time to stop and look around at each station. The ride is 4.7 miles long and the h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Cairns, Queensland

Champagne Hot Air Balloon Flights

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Attraction

Champagne Hot Air Balloon Flights Photo, Cairns, Australia
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One of the staff members will pick you up at your hotel at around 4:00am in the morning and you begin a long drive out to the town of Mareeba (which means "meeting place") where your 5:00am balloon flight begins. During July, the morning was a bit chilly, so I would recommend bringing a jacket. In Mareeba, we parked and soon a balloon descended from the sky. It was hard to imagine that in just a few minutes we'd be taking our first balloon flight. The basket is quite large and being only 5 feet tall, I found it difficult to climb into. Once inside the basket, our pilot Ron who has over 3,000 hours of flying experience set the balloon afloat. As we slowly rose above the sug...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2001

Champagne Hot Air Balloon Flights

Cairns, Australia

Cairns Night Zoo at Palm Cove

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Attraction | "Cairns Night Zoo"

Cairns Night Zoo at Palm Cove Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Operates from 7:00pm to 10:00pm M - Th and Sat. Your $35 tickets includes transfers from your hotel in Cairns, dinner, tours of the zoo, and entertainment afterwards. Book before 4:00pm, phone number 61 7 4055 3669. Tours are offered in English and Japanese! You'll arrive at the zoo and your guide will bring you to the gate where you're greeted by another guide and a friendly cockatoo. They'll take you inside to the dining area which looks a bit like a camp style atmosphere with picnic tables. The Aussie BBQ dinner is buffet style and includes: chicken, steak, fish, shrimp (prawns), sausages, salad, rolls, and dessert. Not to mention free drinks including beer and wine. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2001

Cairns Night Zoo at Palm Cove
Clifton Beach
Queensland, Australia
61 (7) 4055 3669

Billy Tea Bush Safaris

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Attraction

Billy Tea Bush Safaris Photo, Cairns, Australia
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The Billy Tea bush tour (4 wheel drive) has to be the best day tour we were lucky enough to go on during the course of our 12 day Aussie adventure. Our tour guide picked us up in the morning at our hotel and then we began our journey to the Daintree River. Our guide John, stopped about half way there so that we could get film and take a short bathroom break. This was a scenic drive along the coastal route where our views ranged from oceans to farm land to mountains. At the Daintree River we had a quick snack and soon boarded a boat for an informative cruise down the river. The open-sided, pontoon style boat was great for our ride through the rainforest. We were able...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2001

Billy Tea Bush Safaris
Daintree Rainforest/Cape Tribulation
Cairns, Australia