Swimming, Sailing, Parasail, etc. at the beach
PHOTO: SAILING AND BOATING ACTIVITIES OF ALL KINDS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PALM COVE BEACH NORTH OF CAIRNS. THE ISLAND IN THE BACKGROUND IS CALLED SCOUT HAT ISLAND.
We took a bus from Edge Hill and 25 minutes later we were at the beach. There are bath & changing rooms available, picnic tables, lots of restaurants and shops and all kinds of gear and boats to rent. This is a great beach to swim in and growth is just starting to reach this area so it is somewhat unspoiled so far. However there are big plans in the works to upscale this area Everything you need, including bathing suits can be bought or rented here. You can bring stuff too, including a picnic lunch and there is camping here too.
A good place to meet other travelers
Gilligan's is a popular place with travelers and local college students. The bar has three main areas: the large floor, an upstairs lounge area, and a massive porch out back. The main floor offers a large dancing area, some tables, and a wraparound bar, and a DJ is employed on weekends. There is occasionally a live band. This is a place for the younger set. The bar is a little on the expensive side, but the porch is definitely worth the added price. Gilligan's bar is large enough that even when the party is in full swing, it isn't oppressively crowded like many other places can be.
With birds and butterflies
The Treehouse Restaurant at the Silky Oaks Resort is built out into the treetops of the Daintree rainforest beside the river so that birds and butterflies (even the brilliant Blue Ulysses) from the rainforest flutter by.
Apart from the wonderful ambience, the whole dining experience is excellent, and although we were not guests at the resort we were made very welcome, receiving excellent service as well as good food and wine. While we both enjoyedour main courses: gourmet fish and chips, and prawns, thedessert we shared, baked papaya and passionfruit curd was sensational.
We also had the best coffee we had in all our time in Far North Queensland, apart from that which we made ourselves!
Train trip to Karanda
This is a delightful day out.
Take sun-hat & cream - not to mention the 'water bottle !'
Oh, the most important of all - camera !
Ther's plenty to snap on the way up to Karanda !
You climb up & around through a gorge- type railway track. On the way is a narrative of the history of how the rail was built & of the hardships the families went through. But at least they were given a free ride to town to purchase supplies once a month.
A REEF TRIP
We went out to the reef on the MV Supercat. we booked over the internet before we left the UK, but there are plenty of places to book in Cairns
The Supercat is a relatively new catamaran, included in the trip are morning tea and coffee, lunch, use of snorkelling gear and instruction, scuba diving lesson and glass bottom boat trip, wet suits are available for hire [ free if you are diving ] and the Supercat visits two outer reef sites during the 5 hour trip
if you want to dive for the first time ever you are given training and an instructor dives with you, this was our first time scuba diving, and it was fantastic, our instructor was really patient with us, and we did consider doing the PADI course here, as the introductory dive can count as one of the dives on the course, but we didnt have enough time to fit it in
the trip costs A$75, plus A$80 for two dives, this includes all equipment
if you wear glasses prescription masks are available [ deposit required ]
there is a bar, and soft drinks, underwater cameras, and souveniers are available to buy