Cairns Journals

Cairns: Australia's Vacationland

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A July 2010 trip to Cairns by travelswithkids

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Quote: Besides being the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Cairns area is a great vacation spot. There are plenty of interesting diversions nearby and the laidback, friendly city is a nice place to stay for a few days..

Sunlover Reef Cruises

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Attraction | "A Good Choice for Seeing the Great Barrier Reef"

Sunlover Reef Cruises Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Okay, so you've decided to come to Cairns, Australia in order to see the Great Barrier Reef in person. But your decisions aren't over yet, since Cairns (and other nearby cities such as Port Douglas) offer a wide variety of choices of How to visit to the reef: big or small boat, closer or outer reef, one or multiple stops, include an island or not, scuba or snorkel, overnight cruise or day trip,...To aid our decision, we read (books and online) a lot at home, made a spreadsheet of various costs and options, and talked to friends who had been there. The first consensus was that we should really try to get to some part of the outer reef, since it's generally superior. We didn't book with an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2010

Sunlover Reef Cruises
Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
Cairns, Australia 4870
(07)4050 1333

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

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Attraction | "An Aboriginal Perspective"

Photo of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
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Just a short drive north of Cairns, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park offers tourists a glimpse into the culture of one tribe of the original inhabitants of Australia, the Tjapukai. We visited during the day and had a really good experience with the variety of activities they presented, but they also offer an evening program with a buffet dinner and cultural show. The evening show and dinner is much more expensive (about $100/adult), and I very much preferred the selection of programs that we got during the day.We started our tour in their Creation Theater, which shows dreamtime legends of the Tjapukai people. Unfortunately, there were problems with some of the equipment, so inste...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 4, 2010

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Western Arterial Road, Caravonica
Cairns, Australia 4878
07 4042 9900

Coral Towers Holiday Suites

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Hotel | "Clean, spacious suites offer a good value"

Coral Towers Holiday Suites Photo, Cairns, Australia
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Our holiday apartment Coral Towers was wonderful for our stay. For a reasonable price, you get two comfortable bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small kitchen, a dining table, and a living room with TV and couch. There's also a small laundry closet with washer and dryer, which came in very handy for us. Very roomy and functional for our family of four.It wasn't perfect and it isn't sparkling clean brand new, but it is nice enough. For instance, if I was really picky, I could say the bathrooms were a little small and old and the kitchen appliances were on the old side, but they still worked fine.The couches were a little worn, but the satellite TV was great.Location: Coral Towers...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2010

Coral Towers Holiday Suites
255 The Esplanade
Cairns, Queensland 4870
+61(7)40465465

The Pier Bar & Grill

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Restaurant | "Best Ocean Front Food & Drink Spot in Cairns"

The Pier Bar & Grill Photo, Cairns, Australia
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The Pier is a great casual dining choice in Cairns. It's located on the outside of the Marina Marketplace mall in downtown Cairns, facing the ocean. We were enticed to try it by one of their nightly specials -- pizzas from a wood-fired oven for a really great price. The crispy pizza was delicious and we returned another night to try other items from their menu, and were very pleased with our food. You do have to walk a few steps and put in and pick up your own pizza order from the counter (they give you a little pager that goes off to let you know when it is prepared), but with the good prices, it isn't a problem at all.The spacious restaurant has cool LED lighting in the interior and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2010

The Pier Bar & Grill
The Pier Marketplace Pierpoint Road
Cairns, Australia
(07) 4031 4677

Cairns Night Markets

Attraction | "Souvenir Central in Cairns"

Cairns Night Markets Photo, Cairns, Australia
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If you want to buy Australian souvenirs, then the Night Markets in Cairns is the place to go. It is a series of stalls and shops chock full of T-shirts, magnets, sports jerseys, mugs, and any other cheap souvenir with a kangaroo connection you can think of. It also contains some slightly nicer stores with outback style leather coats and hats, kangaroo pelts, etc.Easily found right in the heart of downtown Cairns, it also has a large section full of fortune tellers, tarot card readers, and aromatherapists if you're into that sort of thing. There are also a few low-budget restaurants in its small food court section, mostly quick chinese food kind of places.The Night Markets dr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2010

Cairns Night Markets
The Esplanade
Cairns, Australia
(07) 4051 7666