Cairns Waterfront Backpackers

83 The Esplanade, Cairns, 4870, Australia
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by Julesunder

Couple will be arriving in Cairns this week..YEAH!!!!Sooo excited. Anywho, we have a hotel for the first few nights and then we are in a hostel for the next week. We are staying in Cairns til Nov. or so. What is the best option for 3 month housing. We don't want to stay in a hostel for that long. Is it better to get a furnished studio apt or do share housing? Furnished studios seem to be cheaper, but they don't include power and all the extra stuff. The shared housing has everything included, but it is shared living space and no private bath. Anyone know a better way to go??? Does anyone know anything about Cairns-Sharehouse ?? Any help would be awesome!!! Thanks

Re: Housing

by tropicrd


I hope you mean Cairns Australia & not Cannes France

I live in Cairns Australia & if I were you it would be better to rent a studio apartment for that length of time--you could check with the rental agents & ask them to look around for basic power to be included as a lot of holiday rentals offer this.

Have a wonderful time .


Re: Housing

by Anne12

You will love it here in Paradise:)

There are properties advertised in the Cairns Post each day, but Wednesday and Saturday are the main papers to check out for rentals.
Once here go to the Estate agents and check out what they have.
You can get short term accommodation. I think it would be better to get furnished accommodation, studio etc than NEVER know the people you are sharing with and that could be a real bummer a few weeks into sharing:)
I am always checking out the rental pages, there are studios etc at around 180 plus per week. To me it seems that the Northern Beaches are a little cheaper, but you would have to allow for petrol or bus fares above this.
Go to Rustys markets for cheap vegies and fruit etc.....
Where I rent the power you pay for, that is it. I am finding the power soooooo much cheaper up here compared to the southern state of Vic, mainly because you don't use much for heating....only really need a fan or too on at this time of year.
I paid 230 for my last 3 month bill. I live alon and have the fans going all the time. That also included a bit of aircon use earlier in the year.If you use your aircon, make sure you don't have it on too low set it on around 23C/24C this saves heaps of power.


Re: Housing in Cairns

by Tammyandphil2002


My boyfriend and I stayed at Cairns in July this year. They were the only place we could find that would take us for a minimum of 4 weeks as all the real estate agents were expensive or wanted 3 months contract. We shared an apartment with 6 other people and there were 2 bathrooms so it was pretty good. Our place had a pool, tv/dvd player inside the room, ceiling fan and they were quite modern and got cleaned weekly (all had a windows and doors which was a huge improvement compared to some places we checked out!). The bond was pretty low and we got it back at the end of the stay. They seemed to have a lot of apartments to choose from at different prices but we paid $125 each a week which included everything and was a hell of a lot better than a hostel everynight. Have fun - Cairns is like tropical paradise and we loved it.

Travel Tips for Cairns

Food Trail Tours - food and wine tour

by Tropicalone

The Cairns hinterland is known by a couple of names - Atherton Tablelands and the Cairns Highlands.

This tour was a terrific way to see parts of the Atherton Tablelands, others do not visit. You have probably all heard about the wet tropics rainforest, BUT there are also very dry regions near Cairns.

We saw both the wet and dry tropics, interacted with locals on informative plantation tours, and tasted excellent produce form across the region. We were eating all day long.

This tour visited two tropical fruit wineries for tastings (yes, they make wines from exotic tropical fruits). We also visited both coffee and macadamia plantations for tours and tastings. At a dairy farm we heard how cheese is made, and tasted their lactose free cheeses. It turns out they do not take out the lactose, but rather break it down into its component sugars.

Amazingly, everything was included, plantation tours, tastings, park fees, an amazing lunch at a quaint country “pub” (hotel), and they picked us up at the start of the day, and dropped us off afterwards.

We also visited rare Mabi rainforest and saw an amazing tree. The "Curtain" Fig Tree is over 500 years old, and from one side looks like a curtain. It also turns out that the name "Mabi" is the aboriginal word for a tree-climbing kangaroo. They are rare, and unfortunately we did not see one. The guide, who has been going there for years, told us he has only seen them occasionally, but assured us they are there.

All in all this was one of the best things we did from Cairns.

Illuminated buildings

by Kate-Me about Various

Another of Cairns' buildings to be attractively lit., this time, an historic one.
Nearby, there is another illuminated building which at first glows green, then changes to blue, yellow and other single colours. Really pretty to watch, as the hue of the building changes!

You'll fell happy when you eat at Blue

by richard8 about Blue

Great looking restaurant overlooking the beach at Palm Cove. Very pleasant waiting staff for whom any request or question was not a bother. Entrees of Oysters done three ways and Japanese scallops were very tasty and enjoyable. Main courses of roasted duck breast and pan fried pork belly were to die for and left no room for desserts. Pan fried pork belly had great flavour, juicy with crispy skin.

Great Barrier Reef

by Jenelle7

You must must must make time in your trip to take the boat out to the Great Barrier Reef. There are plenty of trips to choose from, one for everyones budget and they run everyday.
Even if you don't swim, you can go on the semi submergable boat and the glass bottomed boat and see nearly all of what the snorkellers see without getting wet.

Eco-Safari the Rainforest

by dlandt

Instead of getting on a bus and going to the Daintree, which is several hours away, you might want to consider a trip up into the local rainforest. Its also a world heritage sight, but the vast majority is closed to the public. One particular guy has access to the area, and takes people up in a 4x4 safari type vehicle, see the travelogue for a picture or seven. He takes you not only to the public access areas, similar to other visitor friendly parks, but along utility roads, park ranger routes, dry creek beds, and all these other nooks and crannies. You see the wildlife, views like the one shown here and get a few lectures on local flora and fauna. Did you know ginger grows here naturally?


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