201 Lake Street

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

201 Lake Street, Cairns, Cairns District, 4870, Australia
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 69% more than similarly rated 3.5 star hotels

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  • Families50
  • Couples94
  • Solo100
  • Business75

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Forum Posts

Cairns or Port Douglas

by ddinc

Planning 3-4 days in January.

Where should we stay ,Cairns or Port Douglas ?
(Plan to make a day trip to the other)

Re: Cairns or Port Douglas

by Eggboy

Port Douglas. Its a good place to base yourself if hitting the reef and the rain forest. Much quieter than Cairns.

Re: Cairns or Port Douglas

by colin_bramso

I agree, my vote goes to Port too.

Re: Cairns or Port Douglas

by lynnehamman

Without a doubt- Port Douglas. It is closer to the reef, has immense charm, and beautiful beaches. Only one hour drive from Cairns, anyway.

Re: Cairns or Port Douglas

by ddinc

Ok. Then Port Douglas...
Is Cairns worth making a day trip with the shuttle bus ?
Guess not ??

Re: Cairns or Port Douglas

by lynnehamman

If you only have 3-4 days- rather go up to Daintree forest, its a lovely day out and the scenery is beautiful. Also do a trip out to the Barrier Reef ( full day) Quicksilver do an excellent one. Cost is $110.00 pp includes teas, snacks and a great lunch. Free snorkelling instrucion & equipment is provided.There are many places that you can book at in Port Douglas.
Cairns is ok- but really, its just another city, like most. Nothing really special.

Re: Cairns or Port Douglas

by Anne12

Hi there, yep, I would go to Port. I love it there.
There should be some great prices for accommodation at that time of year, so check out wotif.com and also google accommodation in Port Douglas.
From Port you can do a day trip to the outer reef...
Then you can do a tour or self drive to Cape Tribulation...another day filled:)

Can you hire a car? This would be a great way to drive to Cairns, calling into Palm Cove on the way, then going and checking out the Botanical Gardens, about an hour here...then head into town and walk along the Esplanade area, Peir area and then do the drive back to Port....OR stay in port and then the last night stay in Cairns, once again you will find heaps of accommodation in Cairns, no need to book.
You can spend the day checking out the above, then stay overnight and head to the airport...it's only a 15 minute drive to the airport from city.
Just work it around what time you fly out...
Have a wonderful time in Paradise, hope the weather gods are kind to you:)

Re: Cairns or Port Douglas

by ddinc

THANKS for all answers.

Re: Cairns or Port Douglas

by slyons81

Cape Tribulation is great not a far ride, there are tons of reef tours. Also you should check out the farmer's market during the weekends. Some of the stuff is a rip but there are some really good booths as well. even though it's touristy go to the iron bar tuesday nights for the cane toad races.

Travel Tips for Cairns

Atherton Tableland

by HeidiR

Reef to Rainforest

Before going to Australia I wanted to find specific information on Cairns and further north since I have already backpacked around australia. It was easy finding information on Queensland but not specifically the part I wanted to go to. So I have decided to create a travelogue specifically about Cairns to Cape Trib.

I didn't go to the Tjapukai aboriginal centre during the day but I went for a conference dinner. They put on a great show creating fire from rubbing twigs together and singing in their dance theatre.

The admission price is $28 and its near the Kuranda skyrail Atherton tablelands going outback!

one of my favourite places was granite gorge ($2 entry well worth it). Its the home a many rock wallabies and lovely place for walks.

Picture-a waterfall from the waterfall circuit (see below). Rock wallabies and me in Granite Gorge

Go Hunting and Gathering with Aboriginal people

by ettiewyn

This is a very special day tour that I want to recommend so much. Of course there are many possibilties to experience Aboriginal culture in Australia - but very often it's rather about history than about how Aboriginal people live today. It is different with the Cooya Beach/Kuku Yalanji tours operated by the Walker brothers, north of Cairns.

The Walkers are native to this part of Australia, they belong to the language group of Kuku Yalanji and their ancestors have lived at Cooya Beach for thousands of years. Here they do tours of at least two hours duration (it depends on what people want and how interested they are). You go hunting at the mud flads at low tide and look for huge crabs and fish, then you enter the mangroves and gather shells. Cooya Beach is a very lonely and beautiful place, I think it's one of the best places I'll ever be in my life. I also never thought you could go through a mangrove forest, but it's possible and even fun (though you shouldn't mind getting very dirty!).
After you finished hunting and gathering you go to the Walker's house just behind the beach where they cook the crabs, fish and shells so you have them for lunch or dinner afterwards together with fresh damper.
Here they also explain a lot about their lives, show you some artefacts, boomerangs and shells and tell you about their culture.

The special thing is that all this is very personal and private, thus it's just a complete different experience from other tourism ventures. I have known a lot about Aboriginal culture and history before, but this was the first time I really had the feeling I understand it and get to know how life really is for them today. It is because they don't do a show for the tourists - they just do what they do everyday anyway and just take you with them.

Rental Luxury

by Bwana_Brown

We flew directly from Port Moresby, PNG on an Air Niugini Fokker F-28 jet - a nice little craft that took an hour to get to this nearest 'civilized' getaway! Once there, we rented a car for our local touring needs. Photo of the Chrysler 'boat' that I ended up with through no particular choice of my own - plenty of room at least!

Breakfast With The Birds

by prjon

This is a cool place to have breakfast and then check out some of Australia's birds, koala bears, kangaroos, etc. all within a huge outdoor, yet net enclosed park, with catwalks that take you up to the treetops. You can also feed some of the animals

Cairns-Kuranda Railway and Skyrail

by BeverlyTyler


The scenery up to Kuranda on the train is spectacular (see main Cairns article) and we ate in one of the many dining places in Kuranda, the Kuranda Rainforest View Restaurant. We recommend it. The sandwiches were delicious and the view of the rainforest was pleasant.

Kuranda has shopping (I bought a black Kangaroo skin hat that fold up and is very soft and Barbara bought opal earings at a good price) but I would recommend you spend only an hour or two here and take the skyrail down to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center unless you have another day to spend there. There are two stops on the skyrail, get off at the second (you have to disembark) and take the nature tour. Well worth it.

This is an activity you can do on your own. We went with a tour company, being first time visitors but it is easy enough to go to the train station and purchase a ticket for the historic train trip to Kuranda and then buy a Skyrail ticket for the return trip (the way I recommend you go). However, If you go with a tour company they tell you everything you need to know and pick you up at your B&B/Hotel and it probably doesn't cost an more than buying it on your own.


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