Cairns Journals

The Tropical Top of Queensland

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A July 2010 trip to Cairns by MagdaDH_AlexH

The Esplanade at Cairns Photo, Cairns, Australia More Photos
Quote: Above the tropic of Capricorn in Queensland: Cairns, Magnetic Island and around

Rusty's Markets

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Hotel | "Fresh fruit and veg from Rusty's Market"

Rusty's Markets Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Cairns, being the major tourist destination for package tourists from Europe and Asia as well as a frequent final or starting point on backpacker internaries, abounds in places to eat and drink. Anybody willing to do a spot of self catering, or even just looking to buy some fruit for a picnic or a snack, should make their way to Rusty’s Market. The market is a covered area taking up almost a whole block between Grafton and Sheridan streets on the edge of the main centre of Cairns. It operates from early morning (5am or 6am) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the closing time at 6pm (Fri), 3pm (Sat) or 2pm (Sun). The market has over 180 stalls offering mostly fruit and veg...Read More

Rusty's Markets
44 Spence Street
Cairns, Australia 4870
(07) 4051 5100

Cairns Older Car Hire

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Attraction | "Bangers too old"

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We needed to hire a car for a few days while staying near Cairns as we needed it to get to our host family's place as well as for some local touring. Cairns is chock-a-block with car hire companies, from the big national and international chains to local outfits. The prices offered by local companies are very comparable, with most offering the smallest car with no a/c for about 35 AUD per day and the small economy ones with a/c for about 50-55 AUD per day. We were looking, as usual, for a bargain, and after a positive experience hiring a car from a company called (NOT a nomen omen in that case) rent-a-wreck in Canada, we looked forward to hiring one from Cairns Olde...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 3, 2010

Cairns Older Car Hire
432-434 Sheridan Street
Cairns, Australia
(07) 4032 0366

Atherton Tableland

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Attraction | "Tropical Heights"

Atherton Tableland Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Atherton Tablelands or Cairns Highlands is the name given to an upland area west of Cairns, a popular destination for a day or weekend trip and one of the many reasons why Cairns is such an attractive base for touring the local area. On a hot day, the cooler and drier uplands (the tablelands are at an altitude of 400 – 1100 metres) provide a welcome respite. The area easily affords a few days of leisurely exploration, especially if you are into bush-walking, but at the minimum there are two circuits around them, each taking a whole day. The northern part covers Kuranda, Atherton and Yungaburra, while the southern part is the so-called waterfall circuit, with Millaa Millaa being the most...Read More

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Atherton Tableland

Cairns, Queensland

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

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Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises Photo, Cairns, Australia
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One of the main attractions of coming to Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is where the Reef is relatively close to the shore and even the outer reef is fairly accessible for those wanting a day's diving or snorkelling Still, the outer reef trip involves two hours each way on a boat and will set you back at least 500 AUD for a family of four (or around 200 AUD per adult). An alternative for those who want to either save money or don't feel up to all this time on a boat (or both) is visiting one of the inner reef locations. Green Island is a coral cay located off the coast near Cairns and can be reached in about 45 minutes catamaran ride. The island itself is a resort: you can stay o...Read More

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Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises
Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
Cairns, Queensland, Australia 4870
(07) 4051 0444

Chilled out tropics

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The Esplanade at Cairns Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Cairns is one of the most popular destinations in Australia. Located in the northern part of the Queensland coast, very much in the tropics, it's always hot, usually sunny and abounds in the exotic appeal (palms, sea, sun) without the usual health, crime and culture shock hazards of other tropical locations. Safe tropics for Europeans, then, and for Asians probably the nearest place where they can sample the European culture.We spent a week in Cairns, staying in a "granny flat", or a self contained cabin in the garden of our kind hosts' house: the grounds around abound in banana plants, vines and other very tropical trees around us, gekkos on the ceiling and similar; the pool is just acros...Read More