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#16 KAAM

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 07:55 PM

We are going to Cairns on 24 of this month for a week for our honeymoon. We are staying at the Trinity Links Resort in Cairns (penthouse apparently - my parents have booked it) and then we are going to Port Douglas for a night or 2 towards the end of our holiday.

Apart from the normal sky rail and kuranda what other things woudl people that have been there recommend that one does?

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 08:53 PM

Thanx for all the help. Its getting harder as we are going in High season so most things are booked out or twice the price than out of season.

One i found which looked 'different' is the "pink Flamingo'. Its not a resort more holiday units but it certainly looks unique. Especially the outdoor private bath!

Apart from Kuranda tour i have found island tours (the GBR), there are rainforest tours in aquamobiles, or water trains, there is an old spanish castle around there. Have so many brochures so am happy to help anyone out with ideas or names of what is available.

There is a buffet dinner cruise on a yacht which looks great too.
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Posted 08 June 2007 - 05:59 PM

Has anyone stayed in the following :
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Bloomfields - Peppers - Daintree
Rydges Tradewinds Cairns

Also looking for feedback on Prodive in Cairns
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Posted 10 June 2007 - 07:46 PM

I would definitely recommend Palm Cove- rather than Port Douglas or Cairns. We stayed at the Mantra Amphora resort- which was beautiful.
Palm Cove is close to everything- yet sleepy enough to just relax and enjoy yourself!

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 07:58 PM

QUOTE(carleyjt @ Jun 7 2007, 08:53 PM) View Post

One i found which looked 'different' is the "pink Flamingo'. Its not a resort more holiday units but it certainly looks unique. Especially the outdoor private bath!


That place looks really cute!

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 07:57 PM

Woo hoo. I think we have it narrowed down. We are going to stay in Cairns for 3 nights and am liking '201 Lake Street' for accomodation. Will do shopping etc while there then rent a car and head to Port Douglas for the relaxation part. Accomodation here will be the 'Pink Flamingo'. Love the look and uniqueness of the place. They also have massages, etc so that is an added bonus. Things we want to do are a buffet dinner cruise in Cairns, a river train tour through the rainforest, Kuranda tour and maybe a reef trip. Dont want to do to much at all but these look great. Just need H2B to sit down for 10 mins to make sure we agree so i can book it smile.gif
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Posted 30 June 2007 - 09:14 PM

QUOTE(belladebil @ Jun 17 2007, 07:55 PM) View Post

We are also being told that this is apparently a bad time of year up there to go has anyone been on holidays around this time and have any experiences?

It is considered cyclone/wet season at that time (very late in the cyclone season though, so you will probably be ok) we got married on 18th March 06 in Townsville and Cyclone Larry visited 2 days later. However we were up in Cairns and Kuranda 2 weeks ago and got completely rained out, and this is 'supposedly' the dry season - so who knows, the weather has been very odd lately. If your on your honeymoon I'm sure you won't mind being stuck in your hotel room because of the rain!

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:53 PM

Hi we have just got back from Cairns. The place we stayed (mentioned earlier Trinity Links Resort was great It was $269.00 per night for a 2 bedroom apartment.

I wouldnt' recommend staying right in Port Douglas - I found it rather hussle and bussle worse than Noosa and it is fairly expensive.

We did however go and have breakfast with the Birds at the Rainforest Park at Port Douglas - $39.00 each but well worth it - you won't need lunch that day!

We hired a car through Hertz for $253.00 for 7 days and they were nice enough to upgrade us to a 4 door instead of a 3 door and it was the best thing we did - you can go where ever whenever! We drove through the Atherton Tablelands, up to Cape Tribulation, the Daintree and Mossman.

Everything is expensive and has a price up that way so beware. Definately do the Railway/Skyrail thing it was great. But when in Kuranda don't bother going to the Venom Park really not worth it. The Daintree also has a rainforest type tourist attraction (has like a huge firetower so you can see for miles, rainforest walks etc etc) but was $25.00 each so we didn't bother. Just out from Kuranda there is a Wildlife Safari which has lions, tigers, bears, hippos, rhinos and about 4 different type of overseas monkies. We did this and I thoroughly enjoyed it - it was something different from your average wildlife park that has crocs, koalas, kangaroos etc. We didn't go out on the reef because we had to book in advance and the weather was cold, windy, and really unpredictable when we were up there last week - we didn't want to waste our money on me getting sea sick as I do in rough weather. We also got given a port douglas and cairns things to do type of book when we hired our car - the back of it has discount vouchers and if you are anything like us you will need them after paying for a wedding!!!! They aren't much (i think 10% here $2.00 there) but enough to think you are saving :-)

I can't really think of anything else at the moment - you can PM us if you want to know anythign else!



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Posted 08 July 2007 - 08:26 PM

We just booked some of our honeymoon - Palm Cove Peppers Beach Club for 3 nights then we will be staying at Cairns for 4 nights YAY I can't wait! And just in case anyone is interested, flights from Melbourne to Cairns are on sale for $199 (usual price $489!), that's why we bit the bullet and booked even though we only started discussing the honeymoon last night ohmy.gif
This was for March next year. Oh and if anyone has some recs for a motel in Cairns please PM me, not too exxy though we're splashing out on the Palm Cove part wink.gif

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 08:33 PM

QUOTE(carleyjt @ Jun 7 2007, 09:23 PM) View Post

Apart from Kuranda tour i have found island tours (the GBR), there are rainforest tours in aquamobiles, or water trains, there is an old spanish castle around there. Have so many brochures so am happy to help anyone out with ideas or names of what is available.


The "old spanish castle" (well there is 2 on the one property) is about one hour south of Cairns and you need to make a day of it so that you're not rushed. I was a tour guide there for a couple of years smile.gif

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 12:47 AM

can you go check out the spanish castles and scenic railway thingy without having to do an actual tour as such? We are hiring a car when we go up there and would rather do it ourselves as we dont want to HAVE to spend a full day on a tour if we can ggo on our own timeline...Anyone know?

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 07:08 AM

Hi Krissi to do the rail tour and castles in one day would be really pushing it. It's a couple of hours for skyrail then about 1 1/2 hrs drive to the castles then you're looking at about 2 hours at the castles 1 1/2 hour drive back (and this is not including any lunch breaks)

Skyrail FAQ's:
How long does a Skyrail experience take?
To maximise your Skyrail experience, allow up to 1½ hours to complete a one-way journey, this includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations, or 2 ½ hours* for a return experience. *This does not include any time you may wish to spend in Kuranda. For more detailed timings, please go to Trip Timings.

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I suggest you check out the web to see where it is in relation to where you are staying etc but I would break the two into two days rather then push it.

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 02:00 PM

Hi. Oh - i didnt mean both in one day - I meant dont want to go on a tour for 11 hours on the one day - We thought if we could do it ourselves we could spend less hours there instead of coming back exhausted.

We would do spanish castles one day and skyrail a different day...

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 11:09 AM

Thanks Leabee for the info on the castles. I love the idea but i dont think H2B is too interested.

Also KellAdz thank you for your info. It always helps to get first hand experiences of places.

We will def be hiring a car so we do a lot of stuff at our own pace. Except maybe the Kuranda trip. The skyrail and train ride home sound like a must smile.gif
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Posted 11 July 2007 - 12:57 PM

Carley the castles are quite romantic (my cousin got engaged there) and there are a lot of weddings held there as well. Tell htb there are heaps of black bream in the river for him to look at smile.gif And one of the first hydro-elecrticty plants in Qld (if he's mechanically minded)




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