Blogs from Cairns City, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 3


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City April 28th 2013

So we were lucky enough to have one girl in our unit not drink on this huge uni party night so she drove us to the bus station (you have to blow a 0.00 here). We arrived in cairns at about 2 o'clock and took a shuttle to our hotel which I thought was going to be crap since it was so cheap but it really wasn't. We had a great room with a double bed and two single and our own bathroom. There was also a really nice pool outside. We didn't know what to do all day so we just called a taxi and told the driver to take us downtown wherever he thought was best. We ended up at the night market place that wasn't open yet so we just wandered around town ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 24th 2013

Well folks arrived in Cairns a couple of days ago, got a taxi from the airport to my accommodation which is a ten minute bus ride to the centre of town. The first day it was a full on tropical storm, the rain was relentless so just got on the bike and cycled into town and although soaking wet for the whole day it was warn rain so it didn't really matter too much. Wondered around the town to get my bearings, found a man made lagoon for swimming, all the shops and information centres etc. rode back along the sea front and got wet again. Day two guess what raining again, decided to catch the bus into town rather than get soaked again. Decided as it was raining I may as well get wet so ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 13th 2013

Cairns Our last stop in our tour of the Australian east coast and by far the most uncomfortable climate...everything was damp! When you weren't dodging the torrential rain showers, the 90+% humidity combined with the stifling heat meant that you were sweating constantly, not even sitting in the shade offered much respite. Because of this we spent the majority of our time wallowing in the man-made lagoon on the esplanade. img= The lagoon - Absolutely no ball games but death defying acrobatics is acceptable! img= read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City February 11th 2013

After the 6th flight of this trip, ie from Bali to Cairns via Sydney my Rohloff gears have sprung an oil leak. This could be temporary and just related to temperature changes in the aircraft hold or if I'm seriously unlucky the seals have gone and that's 'armageddon on wheels' Requiring a train ride to Brisbane to fix. I'll find out in the next couple of days. I'm now back under canvas after 7 months. I hope to sleep better than on the plane last night. Nothing else to report I think that's more than enough for 1 day. Nick/Cyclopath... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City December 12th 2012

Wednesday - 12 December - I arrived in Cairns at 6.30am, as the hostel wasn't checking anyone in at that time, I went on the hunt for breakfast. Once full i walked around the town and tried to sort out a good deal for diving the barrier reef. I managed to arrange a dive for the following day and by that time i was allowed to check into my room at Gilligan's, the renowned party hostel!! I made myself some food and headed out for a drink with my new room mates. We ended up playing bogan bingo which was a hoot, i won a trip to Port Douglas but i can't tell you how, what goes on tour, stays on tour!! Thursday - 13 December - Today i took a days boat trip to the ... read more
Cape Trib
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City November 6th 2012

The first thing that came to my mind upon arrival in Cairns was, 'now what'. I walked to the nearest taxi and asked him to take me to a hostel of his choice. We pulled up outside 'Calypso Inn', a 10 minute walk from the center of town. As soon as I arrived I asked for work for free accommodation in order to save a bit of money. Now, I know what you're thinking, trying desperately to save money as soon as you arrive in a country is not a very good start to a holiday, and you're right, I hadn't saved up that much money at all. You see the plan (if you can call it that) was to stay for a week in Cairns and then look for farm work for three months to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City October 31st 2012

It can be wonderful to stay in the heart of the city and Cairns CBD accommodationis usually a wonderful idea if you will be spending much of your time there. Many people visit Cairns when they want to go to the Great Barrier Reef. If you love the colorful life of under water and want to undergo it through your own eyes, then board a flight to Cairns, which is the gateway for real fun. If the water is more to your liking, there are dive tours for everyone. Cairns also offers The Esplanade, a massive, multi-million dollar complex that offers swimming pools and a salt water swimming lagoon, walking and biking trails, BBQ's and fitness areas. There are also available night markets so people who need souvenirs can get the items that they want to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City October 27th 2012

6 days out and the best part of it all.....we do not have to stand night watches. That is big. Ok, there are no meals to prepare, no house keeping, no bilge pumps to take apart and lots of entertaining people and activities about. We are both enjoying this much more than we expected to. The Volendam is a lovely ship, very well appointed and staffed by the most gracious people. The meals are varied and delicious. There is Tai Chi on the pool deck every day. Plus morning stretch and an abs work out every day. There is a spa and even a fellow who works for Microsoft (and is contracted to this boat) who runs computer classes, including how to make movies. He is available several times a day to help one on one. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City October 7th 2012

After watching many youtube clips of people's cars being washed away and upturned on their journey up to Cape York along the Old Telegraph Track, Brad and I decided we couldn't think of any better way to spend our holiday. We knew this was the holiday we would test out Old Faithful. Old Faithful is a 1994 Toyota 4 Runner, equipped with enough modifications to keep ARB and Rhino Rack in business for the next ten years. Brad had recently purchased it and we were pretty sure we were prepared to go off road. Besides, we had done the Gibb River Road with a hire 4WD which had nothing in the way of recovery equipment, that is unless you call a beacon and hi vis stripes recovery gear. After a frantic pack up, we set off ... read more
Very dry and beautiful!
The Famous Lion's Den

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City August 4th 2012

We decided to spend our second day in Cairns embarking on a road trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventure! Normally, renting a car in another country wouldn't be THAT big a deal - but in Australia, they drive on the other side of the road AND they have LOTS of round-a-bouts that you go around backwards! Anyway, turns out - Brian's a pro at driving on the other side of the road and there was very little traffic to actually make us nervous! While he drove, I was able to enjoy the beautiful coastline of Australia and take some pictures for everyone back home. Once at Hartley's we walked around the park to see the unreal number of crocodiles on the property. Then we got on a lagoon tour (on a caged in boat) to get up ... read more
Brian Driving on the Right (WRONG) Side!
Keeping Cool
So Close!

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