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

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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
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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
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City January 11th 2017

Our return flight to Australia began very early. I think we woke up around 2 or 3 am. A super shuttle was waiting for us. The person from the second stop wasn’t ready, so we ended up waiting outside her hotel for 30 minutes while the driver tried to reach her, until the 30 minutes passed and then we were free to go and pick up everyone else, who thankfully were ready to go as soon as we arrived. We flew Quantas for this flight, which did not cause us weight issues, and check in was quick and easy. The next step was Customs. We were one of the first ones there, which wasn’t very helpful, since it didn’t end up opening for an hour after we arrived. They didn’t have a sign indicating when it ... read more
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Room at the Pacific Hotel Cairns

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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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City October 9th 2016

As I will be moving out of globetrotters hostel tomorrow due to going on the overnight cape tribulation tour, I spent today packing up my things and buying food for the trip. The hot weather and sunlight have really picked me up quite a bit and I feel much better than I did when in Melbourne. I think this was due to the dark apartment with very little natural light at any point during the day. Also, the hot weather makes a massive difference as Melbourne was quite cold. Took a nap near the lagoon and spent the day chilling out. Have booked myself in to the daydream travellers hostel for when I return from the Cape tribulation trip on Tuesday. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City October 6th 2016

Departed from Melbourne airport at 16:15 and arrived in Cairns around 18:30 local time. It's already dark but the weather is fairly warm. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City April 6th 2016

Qantas did themselves proud, I’d never had a fried egg on an in-flight meal before but there in front of us was a proper egg, bacon, and sautéed potatoes breakfast (shame about the side of spinach but Alison liked it). Our main reason for coming to Cairns, it is one of the main stopping off points to visit the Great Barrier reef, that’s stretches for 1300 miles off the coast of Australia. Prior to our visit to the reef we thought we would visit the Queensland rainforest, that predates the Amazon one by 50 millions years. We took a ride on the very scenic but touristy Kuranda railway, that winds its way into the mountains, passing stunning views and waterfalls eventually reaching Kuranda. Originally a mining town the railway was built in 1891 to support the ... read more
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Koala at Kuranda

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 6th 2016

Our time in Cairns was short - but it was beautiful!... read more
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