Cairns Journals

Great Reef Meets Land

A May 1996 trip to Cairns by tanya

Quote: Cairns (pronounced "Cannz") offers a wealth of tropical surprises.

Great Reef Meets Land

Overview

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From here you can take a boat or flight to a Great Barrier Reef island. Don't forget to buy a disposable underwater camera in one of the gift shops at the port.

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This was the most charming fully furnished beachfront villa. Of course the park also has tent and caravan sites. It has a covered inground freshwater swimming pool and stinger net in season. The water on the beach has stingers(box jellyfish) from about October thru April; so netted swim areas are provided. ... unique tropical experience!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2000

Ellis Beach Caravan Park
Captain Cook Hwy.
Cairns, Australia
(070) 553 538

Beach Bar BBQ & Beer Garden

Restaurant | "Beach Bar B.B.Q. & Beer Garden"

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Try the crab roll. A 'roll' is a sandwich on a 6' bun. Be careful of ordering 'w/salad'; that usually means topped with shredded beets and carrots.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2000

Beach Bar BBQ & Beer Garden
Captain Cook Highway
Cairns, Australia
553-534

Fox and Firkin

Restaurant

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This English style pub/restaurant offers excellent lunch specials. We had the fish and chips. They also have great rolls, burgers, and Italian specialties. And of course, a variety of fine beer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2000

Fox and Firkin
Corner of Lake and Spence Street
Cairns, Australia
315 305

Great Barrier Reef

Attraction | "Tha Great Barrier Reef"

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We chose to visit Green Island on the Big Cat full-day cruise. They picked us up by shuttle bus at our villa in the morning and took us to the port to board the giant catamaran. The day included our cruise to and from the island with fish feeding, snorkel gear, a glass bottom boat ride, and an Aussie BBQ lunch. All that only cost about $50 per person and we had the most awesome snorkeling adventure!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2000

Great Barrier Reef
South Pacific Ocean
Cairns, Australia

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Attraction | "Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Theater"

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Tjapukai (pronounced jab-bu-guy) is the tribal name for the rainforest region and the language of these aboriginal people. The dancers present a show depicting life form the dreamtime of early man to the present. They depict the culture and animals of their region.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2000

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

Kuranda

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This village in the rainforest can be reached by riding the 7-mile sky rail from Cairns or driving up the winding tropical road. We liked the town immediately when we found parking slots marked 'Harleys Only' on the main street. Parking can be tight especially on 'market day'. No matter how you arrive, you'll find plenty to do here. Take a train ride through the rainforest; shop for gifts, souvenirs, or aboriginal art (how about that didgeridoo you've always wanted?). You can eat at one of the many restaurants, go to the Butterfly Sanctuary, the Tjapukai theater, or take the rainforest walk. We did all of the above and visited this village several times while in the area. Drive or take the sky rail; i...Read More

McGregor Motors

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This motorcycle shops sells and services Harleys, Hondas, and BMWs. They have a helpful friendly staff and offer quick service. We had to have a speedometer cable replaced on our rented Harley. Even if you don't ride, their selection of souvenir t-shirts would impress anybody at home. 72 McLeod St.
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We did this drive on our motorcycle which is our favorite mode of transportation; not only do we get to where we're going, but we also experience the climate and fragrances of the region. So, roll your windows down if you're in a car because the tablelands have hectares and hectares of sugar cane fields and there is nothing as sweet as the air here! From Mulgrave, head east to the Atherton Tablelands, stop at the Cathedral Fig tree; a giant 1000 yr. old tree! In the Crater Lake district see Lake Berrine and Lake Eacham where you'll find giant tropical pine tres. Then see the Curtain Fig tree (another giant-500 yrs. old). Continue on the Gillies Hgwy. and over the Lamb Range for scenery and tropica...Read More