Working holidays in Cairns
Favorite thing: If you are looking for a working holiday in Cairns,then Happy Travels will be able to help you find a job.Lots to choose from.
They also help with accomodation and tax..and cheap tours,meals and lots of free stuff.
I have been informed by friends that they would recommend Happy Travels for those on a tight budget or those who wish to earn extra $$$$$.
Worth checking out.
7 Shields Street Cairns,QLD,Australia
phone...07 4041 0666
Fondest memory: I am a Cairns local and love living here and I miss the tropical lifestyle when I am away.
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Work for your bed and supper.
Favorite thing: If you are considering a working holiday or just want some extra cash to spend--
happy travels can help you find a job with accomodation and lots of extras like cheap tours,meals etc.
They are easy to find and I have had backpacker friends who have had jobs with them and they recommend you give them a go.
I have put a few pics up to give you an idea of what they offer,including your tax.
They are easy to find in the Cairns CBD .
7 Shields Street
Cairns,QLD 4870 Australia
Phone 07 4041 0666
Fondest memory: I live here and when I am away I miss the tropical laidback lifestyle of Far Northern QLD.
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More unusual plants in Cairns
Favorite thing: A visit to Flecker Bontanical Gardens is a must see if you like plants,birds and beutiful tropical ambience.
Fondest memory: I love coming here to stroll around looking at the different plants and flowers throughout the year.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Unusual tropical plants
Favorite thing: If you are in Cairns then I suggest you head to the Flecker Botanical Gardens and check out the array of tropical plants,it does not matter about seasons because there is always something for you to see.
Take your time and explore this place...you will be amazed what you will find.
If you are interested in plants and flowers then it's a photographers paradise,and the bird life is really special.
Fondest memory: I live here and often walk around these gardens...I am so lucky because I see so many different species..I have no idea what most of them are called..I appreciate them.
Gum trees and paperbarks.
Favorite thing: I love gum trees,no matter what species.
I especially love the melaleuca trees (paperbark gums) and iron bark gums.
The swamplands have paperbark forests which I adore,so if you visit Cairns please take yourself along the boardwalk that runs from Centenary Lakes Greenslopes street to the Botanical Gardens in Collins Avenue.
Don't forget your camera.
Fondest memory: Gum trees are symbolic for me--they remind me that I belong to this country called Australia and no matter what state you travel in you will find a species of gum tree.
The tropical north is where I call home and the melaleucas are very special.They are so soft to touch and I love hugging them and looking close up at the colours and textures.
They look so majestic against the tropical sky and kind of strange next to tropical palm trees and other plants.
More tropical plants in paradise
Favorite thing: I have taken more pictures of some of the tropical plants and trees that are abundant in Cairns,especially around the Centenary Lakes.
Fondest memory: I love spotting different,and very colourful plants and trees.
Sitting still waiting for birds to fly in is so relaxing for me.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Plant and tree spotting
Favorite thing: A trip to Freshwater and Saltwater lakes at Centenary Lakes and the Botanical garden to see some incredible plants and trees is a must for any visitor to Cairns.
I have no idea what some of them are called but,they are something to behold.The colours are just beautiful.The plants and trees attract many species of birdlife so if you are a keen birdwatcher don't miss these amazing places.
Fondest memory: I love walking around the lakes and gardens..it is where I come to either exercise,paint or to relax.
I always take my camera with me..just in case I see something unusual.
Some plant life looks as if it belongs in some prehistoric world.
Sun setting over the ranges.
Favorite thing: One of the things I love doing is watching the sun setting over the Cairns slopes and ranges.
You can watch this from nearly anywhere in Cairns and the suburbs because the hills surround this area.So if you are outside in the evening approx 5.30pm most nights then you can watch the sun sink behind the ranges.
I took my pics from my back yard.
Fondest memory: I always miss the Cairns slopes/ranges when I am away.
The sun rises and sunsets from my backyard and balcony are such a joy to witness.
Changes over the years.
Favorite thing: I am uploading some pics taken in 1981 and 1995/6 along the Esplanade of Cairns.
I have been astounded at the transformation that has taken place in the last 10 years,and I have witnessed all the changes along the Cairns Esplanade.
The real estate and housing have grown so much that the cane fields have all but disappeared to give way to views of house roofs and shopping centres.
The pics are pretty old but hopefully you will appreciate the changes.
Hope you come and visit this area soon.
Fondest memory: I love living in Cairns and when I am away I miss the casual tropical atmosphere with palm trees,rainforest and reef.
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Views from the suburbs
Favorite thing: I often come up to the slopes of Cairns to get a birds eye view of Cairns and the suburbs in what we the locals call the horseshoe.
The views look down onto new housing estates/suburbs that used to be cane fields.
It also looks beyond to the growing city of Cairns and the hills over east Trinity.
I usually come up to some of these places to watch the fireworks when they are on.
One popular place is on Lake Morris Road on the way to Copperlode Dam,but I like going to the suburbs around where I live in Whitfield/Edge Hill.
Fondest memory: Fantastic views in non-crowded places.
I love looking out toward the city and down to the suburbs of Cairns--day and night.
You can hike up to these places or just drive around the suburbs of Cairns heading for the higher suburbs of Whitfield,Bayview,Edge Hill.
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- Hiking and Walking
The Cairns mudflats
Favorite thing: The mudflats along the Cairns esplanade is a haven for many species of birdlife,mud crabs and other creatures.It has a wonderful boardwalk with viewing stations and is a great place to have a picnic/bbq--especially at dusk.
The childrens playground called "muddies" is a great place for families with water features to cool off--most children like to watch the mudcrabs when the tide is out.The "Nard" is also used for exercise--joggers,bike riders etc and have exercise stations placed along the 2 1/2 klms stretch.
It is such a tropical paradise.
Fondest memory: The tropical climate and surrounding mountains and the laid back atmosphere.
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Day trips for everything
Favorite thing: Cairns is the gateway to the northern areas of the tropical rain forests and the Great Barrier Reef.
There is not much to do in the city itself, besides a few random small museums. But there are ample quantities of hotels and restaurants. Most people stay in Cairns only to venture out on day trips. Among them, to places like Kuranda, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman or diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
Port Douglas offers a smaller and quieter place to base your trip from, as well as shortening your commute by about an hour on most day trips. That being said too, Cairns has no beach in the city while Port Douglas has a beach nearly 5km long only 5 minutes walk away.
Things to do around Cairns
Favorite thing: Hi I am a long time Cairns local & not ashamed to give our area a good old fashioned plug.
If I were you I would look at renting an apartment or try the Discovery Resort Cairns 183 Lake Street Cairns --this is within an easy walking distance to the Esplanade and city centre. www.discoveryresort.com.au or you could try Park Regis Cairns City Quays 6 Lake Street Cairns or visit www.parkregishotels.com
you may get an early bird special rate. This hotel has a rooftop pool & a tour desk,broadband internet & secure parking.
Apart from exploring Cairns eateries & shopping and the famous mudflats on the Esplanade where you can see many different species of birdlife and of course the mudcrabs--you could take a trip to Green Island or Fitzroy Island spend some time there before heading out to the outer reef to experience the reef in all its glory. Some day trips could be a tour North to Cape Tribulation stopping for lunch at Port Douglas & visiting Mossman Gorge--if you have time visit Silky Oaks Lodge for a quite drink or for lunch it is a beautiful place and not far from Mossman township.Along the way it is worth stopping in at Palm Cove one of Cairns Northern beach suburbs.You could have a day at Mission Beach & take either the ferry across or a water taxi to Dunk Island & if you are adventureuos a white water raft trip down the Tully river.
The Great Green Way Tropical Drive South from Cairns to Townville (457 km)or part of this trip takes in some great places such as Eubenagee Wetlands North of Innisfail--it contains a number of rare plant species and assists in the conservation of the regions wildlife particularly birds,butterflies,turtles and crocodiles.From there you could visit Mena Creek Paronella Park which is a major tourist attraction based on the remains of a Spanish grandious home and construction undertaken by a Spanish canecutter early in the centry.The park offers the Dream continues tour--a botanical walk through the rainforest gardens and swimming areas. Hinchinbrook Island is Australias largest island national park and is worth a visit to some of the most pristine and beautiful environment areas.Cardwell is the main town near this area and I love this place as it is situated right on the beach--lots of places to eat but in my opinion they bake the best meat pies in QLD you can puchase these from the pie van or from the bakery in the main street.This is the half way point between Cairns & Townville so if you choose to continue on you can visit lots of great places like Lucinda,Tyto Wetlands where there are lots of wallabies and crocodiles that you can view from platforms. Ingham cemetary is a tourist attraction & well worth looking at.Townville is a beaut city and boasts the Strand and Magnetic Island.
West you can do a day trip to the Atherton Tableland South of Cairns to the Kennedy Highway just before you reach Innisfail and follow the waterfall trail to Malanda or up the Kuranda range North of Cairns to Mareeba & then to Atherton or up the Gillies range South of Cairns turn off at Gordonvale and visit Lake Barrine & Lake Eacham & Lake Tinaroo--Yungaburra is a lovely heritage town with some very nice places to eat,Nicks restaurant is great.Take a look around & see some of the old wood churches. Then onto Atherton & you can do a loop going over the top of the range to Mareeba & down to Kuranda via the range & back to Cairns, You can do a guided tour of these places or you could rent a people mover. No matter what you decide Cairns has a lot to offer,One of my favourite places to go for breakfast is the restaurant at Fleckers Botanical Gardens in Collins Avenue Edge Hill ( a suburb of Cairns) To have one of the waffles with decadent ice cream & chocolate is a wonderful start to the day.
The Pier boardwalk overlooking Trinity inlet & marina with False Cape in the foreground is an ambient place to have lunch or dinner.Tides Hotel serves a good buffet.Mondos part of the Hilton Hotel is a nice outside restaurant & has some special recipes which are a bit different.If you want any more information you can log onto www.cairnseye.com.au
August is a wonderful time to visit --wishing you all the most wonderful trip.
Fondest memory: This is my home and love coming back after a holiday
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MOST ASK ABOUT QUESTION....WEATHER!!!
Favorite thing: The most asked question in the travel forums is...when is the best time to come to Cairns.
So I will try to give you an idea how to decide when to come.
I would visit here at any time of year. Cairns does not close because it rains. It just slows down a little.
During the off season you can get great accommodation prices. Not that the tours are any different in price. You may however grab something at a bargain price.The airfares from the south of Aus also can be a lot cheaper...
It may rain, but you will never be cold and dry out rather quickly:)
You can't swim in the beaches at this time of year as the stingers don't like to share their space:)
BUT accommodation here is all set up for this and have swimming pools. Also there is a great swimming pool at the Esplanade area and other water holes around to have a dip in.
The wet season officially starts from November to March. NOW this doesn't mean it rains non stop all these months. For an example, November 2007 wasn't wet, December had a little rain and Janurary 2008 also had a little rain...it is now Feburary 3rd and we have just started to have rain, mainly of a night, through the day it has been overcast with sunny times.
The humidity is high and it is hot!!
More rain is expected now during the next couple of months and also a cyclon or two can come to visit us. No one really knows , only the weather gods!!
The high season is the dry season, this is from around April onwards to November.
During this time you can have perfect days for weeks....BUT then I have known years where you can get rain in the middle of July!! Once again it's the weather gods!!!
If you want to beat the rain, July, August, September are really the best months. These months you can also swim in the beaches.
So you will just have to make up your own mind:)
Tips for Selecting a Reef Expedition
Favorite thing: An expedition to the reef is a fairly standard commodity and, though they charge in different ways, you will generally pay the same amount no matter what company you choose. What you want to use to guide your choice of a reef excursion are other considerations.
1. What part of the reef is the boat going to visit.? You might want to revisit the site of a previous dive, or you might want to see something new, but they go to the same spots every day, weather dependent.
2. How fast is the boat? Obviously, slower boats stay closer to shore, and you spend more time getting from point A to point B and less time in the water doing what you paid for.
3. How big is the boat. This is important for those of you who get seasick. A bigger boat is more stable, has a higher resistance to rough seas and is generally more comfortable.
4. Where does the boat leave from? Does it leave from the docks in Cairns, or do you need to take a long trip up to Pt. Douglas in the wee hours of the morning? Boats that go to the northern part of the reef, known for its clear water, generally do leave from Pt. Douglas.
6. Number of dives and the number of times they move the boat.
7. How many snorkelers will be there? Snorkelers generally take up a lot of space in the water and can crowd your dive ladders. The fewer there are, the better.
8. The ratio of divers to divemasters. The lower the better.
Fondest memory: Clearing my mask and suddenly seeing the exotic fish in all their color. It just kind of dawns on you that everything everyone told you about the wondrous sights is true, but that there really aren't words to describe it. About the best comparison I can make is being in someone's carefully maintained fish tank, filled with brightly colored fish you've never seen before.
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