The Palms at Trinity

83-85 Moore Street, Cairns, Cairns District, QLD 4879, Australia
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Forum Posts

Great Adventures vs. Quicksliver - Which one?

by swdke

I am interested in a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef area. I see that two companies seem to offer a platform over a reef, Great Adventures, and Quicksliver. Both look good, so which do I choose? What should be my decision criteria, or which do you recommend and why? Thank you.

Re: Great Adventures vs. Quicksliver - Which one?

by Anne12

G'day from Cairns:)

Everyone that comes into this forum will know what I am going to say:)
I always recommend the Quicksivler. I have been on this trip many many times over the last 15 years.
I will admit I haven't been on the others, I haven't had any reason too as Quickie is my way to go:)
Why do I think the Quicksilver is great, because the staff do an excellent job of organising the days events.They are there for you to ask any questions and they will help without hesitation.It is well organised.
It is very safe. You have a lifeguard on duty. There are roped areas to guide you when Snorkling. If you aren't a confident person in the water, that isn't a problem as you can just go for a quick snorkle off the steps of the pontoon, then you can hang onto the ropes and go a little further.
Snorkles etc are included,semi sub is included, great buffet lunch is included.If you aren't driving you can have a wine or two with lunch.( Yep, I have been known to have a few Bloody Mary's:))
The pontoon is large and comfortable. Chairs, tables and showers etc there.

If you are leaving from Cairns, the bus will pick you up from your accommodation, or close too it. The trip from Cairns to Port is about 50 minutes.Large comfortable buses.
You will then be taken to the Marina where you leave from, around 9.30am is boarding time.If you are staying in Port, you can walk to the Marina or be picked up by Quicksilver.
You can sit outside or inside of the Quickie boat.Here you will be given a morning cuppa and a video of the Reef will be played, they will inquire if you want to do any extras, eg. Copter flight,dive, or helmet dive thing.

I haven't met a person ( I speak to heaps of tourists at Cairns Airport ) that hasn't loved this trip.
So there it is, my biased opinion:)

Re: Great Adventures vs. Quicksliver - Which one?

by swdke

Thank you. Quicksilver does sound great. How much time is spend on the platform, and what time do they return back to Port Douglas? Thanks again, great information.


Re: Great Adventures vs. Quicksliver - Which one?

by Anne12

G'day Steve.
ummmm , you leave at 10.30 from Port, about an hour to the reef.( or less)
Then you come back about 3.30 , back at Port about 4.30

You have plenty of time to do all that there is to do out there.

Re: Great Adventures vs. Quicksliver - Which one?

by swdke

I now also see two other companies to consider, Sunlover and Reef Magic. Which to choose? Who has the best reef location?

Re: Great Adventures vs. Quicksliver - Which one?

by Anne12

I still say the Quicksilver:) and I always will as I haven't heard a bad report on this company from all that have done it, I always ask the travellers at the airport( where I work) and it's always a great report from them.
The all go to the outer reef areas, pretty much the same really...
The just have their pontoons at different locations, but much the same fish and water:)

Travel Tips for Cairns

The sun is not your friend!

by Marpessa

Due to the warm/hot climate - travel as lightly as possible whilst seeing the sights. Anything light and breezey in summer (cotton). Definitely bring a hat or buy one when you get here. Sandles are okay for shoes - just be careful, if your feet get tanned/sunburnt then the pattern of your sandle will stay on your feet. I cannot stress enough the importance of sunscreen in Cairns! Especially if you are from a place where the climate isn't always so hot. Mosquito repellent will also come in useful in the summer months. Water bottle!


by littlebush

plenty of bars in town due to there being loads of backpackers in town!
The sports bars good. most people head to the Woolshed for drinking games and snogging!
The Playpen is a club/bar which i dont remember being in!

A Coffee Shop Find

by wise23girl about Sweet Bistrot

We really loved this little cafe which was right next to our hotel. We found a couch...we love to sit on a couch to enjoy our coffee..
The Sweet Bistrot is open : Mon to Friday 7am to 2.30pm
Saturday 7am to 11.30am.
Closed Sunday and public holidays. Well there is some yummy homemade food...and the biscuits are not too sweet. The first day we had a lovely fresh salad sandwich for lunch.

We even had breakfast there a couple of times.

Quicksilver - see the reef.

by bumpychick

This is the name of a company that arranges trips to the outer reef. You travel out there on a huge catamaran and moor against a floating platform. I suffer very badly from sea sickness and actually coped very well with this experience, as both the boat and the platform don't pitch and yaw too much! When you arrive at the platform, there is a buffet restaurant (food included in the trip), places to sit and of course, equipment to borrow and places to snorkle or dive. For the less adventurous, there is an underwater viewing platform and 2 small submarines which make regular trips throughout the day. The submarine trips are, however, a bit more of a challenge if you suffer from motion sickness!
I recommend you take layers of clothing, and a seperate bag to put your wet clothes in.

Freshwater gorges

by Conspirator

In the distant past, much of FNQ was a volcanic region, and in fact the Conspirator maintains a lair in a hollowed out volcano in the area. Aside from providing a convenient hiding place for the Conspirator's nuclear centrifuges, the ancient volcanic activity formed gorges up and down the coast that carry fresh water from the mountains to the coast.

The most commonly visited gorges are the Tully river, which you will visit if you go rafting, and Mossman, which you may pass through on the way to the Daintree. However, a number of gorges can be found in Cairns proper and easily reached if you have a car. I recommend Crystal Cascades or Stony Creek.

At either of these places, you can swim in crisp, crystal clear pools or sit under waterfalls that crash down the basalt rocks. The rainforest canopy leans over the gorge from both sides. Bring an esky full of beer and food (no littering, please), and you have a great afternoon.

Remember your mosquito repellent.


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