Zanzoo Retreat

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Mary Parker Drive, Redlynch, Cairns District, 4870, Australia
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Looking south from northern end of the EsplanadeLooking south from northern end of the Esplanade

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In Cairns for 4N, 5D-22-16 apr 08

by Doreenlim

Hi friends,
I'm not decided as to whether we sh hire a car to go around or just take bus/buy package tours for our trip. I went to the website and found a 4 day tour for AUD$770- that's too steep for us. Is there a cheaper/better alternative to spend our holiday there? Really appreciate some help here. Thks

Re: In Cairns for 4N, 5D-22-16 apr 08

by colin_bramso

I would hire a car. You can get to so many more places, come and go as you please, get to off-the-beaten-path places.

Re: In Cairns for 4N, 5D-22-16 apr 08

by Anne12

Hi there,
I agree with Colin, grab a car.
This way you can do as you please and do it in your own time.
I suggest that you check out Redspot car rentals at the Airport.Redspot give you a price that covers all insurance etc. No extras on top.
They are in the Qantas arrivals in Cairns, where all the car rental places are.
Cairns is so easy to explore by car. There is also a cheap car hire place just near the airport. They rental older cars, my sister and son have used this company. It is Older Car and Ute hire. Cnr Airport drive and Sheridan Street, phone is 0740531066 These start at around 30 dollars a day, are fully insured etc.
Also having a car you can drive up to Cape Tribulation via Mossman Gorge.
Check out the Botanical Gardens, Collins Ave area, this is a wonderful area to wander through.
Also Crystal Cascades and Copperload Damn are other places that are fun to visit.
Check out the Northern Beaches, Palm Cove is lovely.

Have a great time in Paradise.

Re: In Cairns for 4N, 5D-22-16 apr 08

by Doreenlim

Thks Anne. Appreciate your help.

Re: In Cairns for 4N, 5D-22-16 apr 08

by tropical459

We hired a camper van. If you are a group of people sharing the cost of a camper van "Wicked" are a good firm, won't break the bank. Also it saves on accommodation costs.

Travel Tips for Cairns

sunscreen or BURN

by tropical_ellie

Depends how long you decide to go, I would recommend packing light. A small suitcase would be good or even just a big bag. Dresses, t-shirts, skirts, shorts, bathers, sandles, maybe a light jacket which you probably won't use. Normal stuff, Toothbrush, painkillers etc Underwater camera for sure because if you visit Cairns you need to visit the The Great Barrier Reef and you need photos of course. Also a video camera and maybe a normal camera ( I reccomend a digital but if you don't have one a normal plain one would be good.) You can by underwater camera for around $15 dollars to around $30 dollars (disposable). Well since its beachy I would recommend sunscreen, hats, long t-shirts to keep the sun off but I do recommend LOTS AND LOTS OF sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. Bring yourself and you adventureous nature.

The Tavern

by pmarshuk about The Tavern

Just behind the hotel I was in (was the Marriot Courtyard Resort back then, now the Clarion Resort) was Palm Cove's only late night drinking spot.
The Tavern was also a decent bottle shop.This was the place the local bar and restaurant staff went to after closing so it could get quite lively. Quite a large place with pool tables and TV. Nothing special

Coffee in beautiful surroundings

by ettiewyn about Skybury Coffee Centre

I copy this from the Things To Do Tip, as I think it's both "Things To Do" and "Restaurant Tip"

Skybury Coffee Centre is situated about an hour drive from Cairns, near Mareeba. You can do tours on the coffee plantation here, which are highly recommend - although I can't say anything about it, as I didn't do the tour.
The Centre's restaurant is a very calm, beautiful place which a large outside area, where you can sit and enjoy the view on eucalypt forest. It's a bit expensive, but I think it's worth it, as the atmosphere is so nice and relaxing. Everything is made of wood and timber and there is also a gift shop where you can buy coffee and everything around it.
They also care for some injured wallabies and roos, so you can go and have a look at them, and maybe feed them if you ask.

Skybury was the first commercial coffee producer in Australia and is still producing and exporting.

It's open every day except christmas day, from 9 to 5 I only had a tea here, but they also serve dishes and I think it would be a great location to eat.

a daytrip with on the wallaby

by gonzo747

From Cairns I did a daytrip with "on the wallaby" to the atherton tablelands, milaamilaa falls, some crater lakes, a wine area (try a snakebite (chilli wine)) etc....
The unique thing with the trip was that the driver kept on making fun off us, which was a good laugh.
It was a very relaxed day did some swimming, walking in the jungle, looked at some big trees.

Go Photo Galleries visiting!

by xuessium

Before my visit to Cairns, I have absolutely no idea that there are so many Aussie photographers based in Cairns!

If you are an avid photographer, you're in heaven!

Just behind the Esplanade, there are 2 galleries belonging to:
and one of my most favourite photographer to date: PETER LIK

I even had the fortune to bump into STEVE PARISH (You'll see plenty of his photographs of Australia in souvenir booklets, postcards and coffeebooks being sold in the bookstores) at Millaa Millaa Falls! Jolly good friendly bloke, he was very kind and gracious enough to lend me his tripod!

Other Australian photographers in Cairns:


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