Blogs from Cairns City, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City February 10th 2020

Leaving Adelaide, we flew straight to Cairns. Along with Townsville, Cairns is one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. When Jennie and I were here in 2005 we went to Townsville and took a dive boat boat out 200 miles into the Coral Sea for a week, but we never actually saw the GBR. For this trip, we decided to headquarter in Cairns, where the reef is much closer to the shore. Our hotel was right on the waterfront. Initially, it appeared that there was a big harbor outside our door, but when the tide went out it became apparent that it was actually just a large mud flat with sprouting mangrove seedlings. The harbor was at the end of the city, where there was a large mixed use development that appeared to be ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City May 26th 2018

We had to be in Cairns by the 27th May as I had a flight booked but we wanted to be there a few days earlier so we could do the things we wanted to in that area. Luckily we arrived on the 22nd so we were fine. We arrived late afternoon and the first thing we did was find a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We found a perfect one; we didn’t want to dive, we were happy to snorkel. We found a boat that went to the Outer Reef and included lunch and other things. We booked it for the Friday. The day before the reef we spent walking around Cairns and exploring the town. It isn’t the prettiest of places but it has the reef so everyone goes there. The day of ... read more
Sea front Pool
Purple Coral
The Great Barrier Reef

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City February 18th 2018

Today was our last free day in Cairns. Last night we did a pub crawl with our contiki gang. Before we left, we had dinner at Gillagans with friends.... and then then the power went out and guess who was stuck in the elevator for 15 minutes. Morgan. Of course it would be the girl with claustrophobia stuck in an elevator lol. All the sudden I get a text message saying ‘Help’. It was pretty scary talking to on the phone with the Gilligans workers not assisting. Apparently it is a liability issue. Anyway, all was out and Morgan broke free. She was ready for a drink after that haha. This morning, Morgan and I got to explore a local food market called Rusty’s. We got to see fruit we have never seen before. A Jack ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City February 13th 2018

Finally landed. 3 layovers and 19 hours later, we made it to Cairnes. Before we left, I bought homopathic vitamins off amazon to help with jet lag. I don’t know if it was the vitamins or just the adrenaline but morgan and I have transitioned really well. We are staying at Gilligan’s hotel for backpackers. It’s really neat! It reminds me of a college dorm more than a hotel. It also has a really neat bar overlooking the pool. (Will send pictures later). Morgan and I spent the afternoon walking the board walks and watching kids swim in the Esplanade. During our walk we kept talking about how Australia reminds us of our home videos from Japan. We keep talking about all the fun things we are going to do! We asked the concierge what countries ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City February 10th 2018

Hello! B and Mo will make updates about our trip on this website! We love you!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City May 6th 2017

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 16th 2017

Tuesday March 14, 2017 After a heavy day yesterday, we decided to take a breather. We went to a huge swimming pool close by the hotel. As you will see on the photos of it, the place, called "the lagoon" is absolutely beautiful. From the angle that you arrive, it looks like an infinity pool, i.e. you get the impression that the lagoon goes over into the sea. The lagoon is very popular by locals as well as tourists. As is the case in all places we have been to, the infrastructure (restrooms, restaurants, etc.) surrounding the lagoon are perfect and everybody behaves accordingly, i.e. dissiplined and well behaved. An example! Later in the day we went to the pool of the hotel and I went out running on the board walk close by. Arriving back ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 13th 2017

Sunday March 12, 2017 And on the seventh day the Lord rested; and that is what we did today. Did some research on where to attend mass and found few places. Finally we ended up in the cathedral of Cairns dedicated to St Monica. A nice church with exceptional glass windows. From the sight of it a relatively new building, apparently due to the fact that the previous version burned down a number of years ago. After service we went to do some shopping at the local mall, surpisingly modern and well assorted. The rest of the day we walked around some more and had lunch at a nice italian place where we had dinner a couple of nights ago. Simple, but nice food. Later in the day we spent some time at the pool of ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 12th 2017

Saturday March 11, 2017 Our first full day in Cairns. A busy day. It started out around 8.00 AM when we had to report to the wharf to board the 'Ocean Spirit', a luxury 105ft sailing vessel - the largest of her kind in the world to sail to Michaelmas Cay, known as the Isle of the Birds, a year-round home to thousands of sea birds of some 14 different species. The wharf is situated some convenient 500 m from our hotel. The trip to get to the island takes about 2.00 hours (40 km). We were entertained by early coffee and something to eat to pass the time. Our distraction was "enhanced" by the presence of a group of Argentine tourist. As said, the boat is big and holds to my calculations some 250 passengers ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City October 25th 2016

Arriving into Cairns from Brisbane I immediately liked the feel of this coastal city. Cairns is the main jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef and the primary reason I had come here. After dropping my bags off at the hostal I had one mission to accomplish - book a live aboard scuba diving trip onto The Reef. My original plan was to get on a sailboat for a couple of days but all of the operators were sold out for this type of trip. Again my lack of planning comes back to haunt me. Not to be discouraged I booked a two day/one night trip aboard a motor vessel deemed Taka including six daytime dives, one nighttime dive, food, and accommodation. My bank account was drained $410 AUD for the pleasure, but this is ... read more

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