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    Go Tandem Hang Gliding.

    by stevemt Updated Dec 3, 2014

    You can go Tandem Hang Gliding at Rex Lookout on the main Road to Port Douglas.

    Prices range from $150aus to $195aus dependant on the flight time.

    Tandem microlite flights are also available from different locations.

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    Crystal Cascades

    by stevemt Written Dec 1, 2014

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    This is a well kept local secret. A wonderful reserve that a small river runs through. The river travels through waterfalls, rapids, and also provides swimming holes well used by locals.

    Easy walking path to view the falls.

    Well worth a visit if you can find it.

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    Mango Madness

    by tropicrd Written Nov 5, 2014

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    Mangoes are a beautiful Tropical fruit that are ready to pick around October/November in time for the Australian Summer and are popular for the festive Christmas season.

    I love Mango Daiquiris, Mango liqueur etc but the best way to eat a mango is straight off the tree.

    They grow in and around Cairns and often free for the taking ( if hanging over fences )

    So if you are visiting Cairns or the Far North during late Spring and summer look out for them... be aware that the fruit bats and birds love them too so get in quick..

    Mangoes ready to pick.
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    Views over Cairns and areas.

    by tropicrd Written Oct 28, 2014

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    Keep your camera ready for some great pics flying in/out of Cairns... you will be rewarded on a clear day looking down at the reef and islands and over cane fields,water ways etc.

    There are plenty of lookouts offering beautiful views of Cairns and areas, try going up to the Dome at the Reef Casino that has great views of the city and over toward Trinity Inlet and the Cairns ranges..

    Good thing about this activity is it's free unless you wish to enter the Dome itself that has a walk around the outside..

    You can also go up to the rooftop parking area at Cairns Central shopping centre for great views.

    So have that camera ready and start snapping away.

    Coming into land over Trinity Inlet,Cairns. Views of Cairns from Copperload Dam road. From the Casino Dome looking toward East Trinity. The Cairns Pier from The Casino Dome. Cairns City and ranges.
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    Travellers Autobarn

    by Usctwin Written Oct 21, 2014

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    We picked up our car from the Cairns location with no problems (very friendly staff!) and headed to Josephine Falls in Wooroonooran – a beautiful national park which is an hour south of Cairns. I definitely recommend it as it has a ton of walking paths and lovey natural pools to cool off in! Paronella Park isn’t too far a drive and has a lovely café with fresh food, a beautiful castle and lush grounds which you can explore for hours! From there we spent the next few days exploring neighboring areas before heading back to Cairns. We rented the Hi-5 camper and it exceeded all expectations - it was roomy, comfortable and got us to our destinations safely! Definitely recommend Travellers Autobarn to anyone looking to road trip in Australia!

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    Croc Spotting in Trinity Inlet

    by tropicrd Written Sep 27, 2014

    If you have time why not go crocodile spotting deep into the mangroves of Trinity Inlet, Cairns.

    The day I went was great and not only did we see a crocodile but heaps of jellyfish too.

    Harbour Cruises depart from Cairns Reef Terminal each day and start from $39, take your camera.

    What a beauty You can go on a day or sunset cruise. Heaps of jellyfish Crocodile territory Cruising the inlet.
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    Fields of fire

    by tropicrd Written Aug 31, 2013

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    Burning of the cane is part of the Cairns Festival which is held every year during the last 9 days of August and ending with a carnival on Collins Avenue to celebrate Fathers day on 1st September.

    Fields of Fire is a spectacular event which takes place at Yorkeys Knob, one of Cairns Northern beaches and part of the sugar cane history. It demonstrates how the fields are lit and how dangerous it was before machinery took over.The burning also hunted out snakes,rats,wild pigs and cane toads,not a nice sight but essential for the industry.
    It was part of life to drive though heavy smoke and sparks that wafted across the main roads around Cairns. Cane farmers would lock their animals away before setting the cane alight because some of them would get spooked and run into the fields where the fire had not reached,sadly some of them perished.
    If you are visiting Cairns during the time mentioned above and if you wish to see burning of cane and listen to live music and other entertainment then I head out to Yorkeys Knob and don't forget to take your camera,you won't be disappointed.

    Spectacular Cane Burning Cane waiting to be torched Getting dark,wont be long Great entertainment.
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    Cairns Historical Museum

    by salisbury3933 Written Apr 2, 2013

    I found this museum to be intriguing, with a lot of displays on the local history.

    In particular I enjoyed the WW2 section, of pertinent interest given Cairns' proximity to the front line of the Pacific war.

    $5 entry for adults and well worth visiting.

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  • Wakeboarding in Cairns - Cheap Extreme Activity!

    by gettingaround Written Mar 3, 2013

    Having grown up around lakes and boats we had some low level experience of wakeboarding and the fundamentals of how it's done, but never behind a cable tow!

    We saw it on bookme.com.au before we got to Cairns and thought we would give it a go. Arriving at lunch time the water was very calm and the first thing we noticed was all the jumps and rails set up around the lake! There were a total mix of people giving it a go, a couple of other backpackers out giving it a go, a few guys who REALLY know what they were doing and some young kids who were clearly going to be better than us!

    We wandered up to the office and a friendly young guy checked us in with our booking and got us to watch a video intro. I paid another $20 to upgrade my board to (try) hit some rails, they got us kitted up and in no time we were down on the dock ready to go.

    A couple of failed attempts to get going proceeded but after the nerves settled and we relaxed we got the hang of it. The guys on the dock were really encouraging and happy to give tips and advice

    The rails take a little more to get use to than you'd think! But if you rode before it is worth paying a little bit more and giving them a go. We found a 2 hour session enough as we were pretty well knackered after that.

    They have food and drinks available on site, they are also licensed so you can enjoy a beer on the sun lounges if you wish also

    A great activity that won't break the bank

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    Getting 'oiled' in Cairns

    by tropicrd Written Nov 9, 2012

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    If you want to do something special for yourself especially after being out on the Great Barrier reef all day or hiking through the rainforests or driving for hours and strolling around our tropical beaches and shops and you are a bit stiff and sore then go no further.

    A massage at Oiled will make you feel so relaxed and pampered and get you ready to enjoy the rest of your holiday .

    My son gave me a gift certificate and it was the best thing he could have given me,I felt so good after their 90 minute signature massage.What a treat!

    I was welcomed into their salon and was respectfully consulted as to what I wanted and of course if I had any injuries or sore spots. I was then offered filtered water and a choice of aroma therapy oils from a large selection. I chose a citrus blend of orange & lime the base oil is pure Australian golden jojoba.
    The massage rooms were spotlessly clean and the towels soft and fresh. The light was dimmed giving an ambiance second to none. The music is soft and it nearly puts you to sleep.
    No loud music,talking , crowds or traffic noises.Perfect!! even though it is in the Cairns CBD City Place.

    I had a full body deep and soft tissue and pressure point massage starting from my feet,legs, back and lower back,shoulder and neck,arms and hands and finishing with a head massage. At a cost of $108. A foot massage on its own will cost $24 or a head,shoulder and neck massage for $36 they offer different prices for what you want but this will give you an indication of prices.

    I was treated with the utmost respect and dignity and I know you will be treated like this too..'oiled' is for all age groups and they also cater for remedial massage after an injury.

    The girls have excellent skills and qualifications in Japanese Shiatsu and I would recommend you go see for yourself how good this place is. When your massage is finished you can take your time to recover.They also have a guest book to sign and I read some of the great comments by those who have been massaged here..it is a 'strictly massage' only salon. I am a senior person and was treated with utmost dignity.

    The girls were only to happy for me to take some photos and ask them questions about the salon.

    So, why not pamper yourself and get 'Oiled' when you are visiting Cairns.

    It really is the best thing to do for yourself. I did and I live here.

    A lovely selection of oils to be 'oiled' with. A spotlessly clean massage room. A very happy time after my massage. Peace,dignity and serenity at 'oiled' Just down the lane away from the noise.
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    Watch the planes line up for landing.

    by tropicrd Written Oct 27, 2012

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    I often drive along Machans Beach road ,park my car and watch the planes coming in for landing at Cairns Airport.

    All types of air craft come in to land from this direction except when it is really windy and then they will take off in this direction. Either way this is a great place to watch them navigate to and fro .

    The view over the reef, Cairns ranges, the Barron River and mangroves is a special tropical place to land a plane.

    I have flown over this area many times but this is a different aspect because the aircraft seem to be coming right at you.

    I have taken a few photo's but you have to be quick as they come in very fast.

    Ready to land. Navigation strip Easy free parking. Down toward the landing strip. Lining up to land.
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    Wonderful QLD style homes

    by tropicrd Written Oct 15, 2012

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    If you are in Cairns and want something to do,take a stroll around the inner suburbs of Parramatta Park,Bungalow,Westcourt and Manunda and check out some of the QLD style homes which are disappearing in favour of more modern houses. These houses were built high on stilts/poles to protect property and people from the tropical flooding during the wet season and also allowed air to circulate through these houses via the beautiful casement windows.These old style houses are called QLD'ers and are all within walking distance of the city.

    These houses are being sold to businesses which to me is better than pulling them down,some suburbs such as Edge Hill and Whitfield have built modern style QLD'ers and use brick instead of weatherboard.

    I hope you enjoy seeing what is now considered a part of Cairns history.

    A grand old QLDer. Beautiful casement windows So pretty Decorated Casement windows Businesses buying the QLDers
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    Boardwalking in Cairns.

    by tropicrd Updated Oct 1, 2012

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    Spend some time doing a boardwalk along the south end of the Cairns pier,it gives you a lovely view of Trinity Inlet and across to the East Trinity ranges and beyond.I live in Cairns and often come here I was here on Oct 1st 2012 (yesterday)

    The boardwalk also has some nice shady areas you can sit and rest and watch the reef boats departing or returning. You can get an ice cream and drinks etc at the Reef tour terminal before and after returning from a reef outing or you can have lunch or dinner at one of the many new restaurants at this end of the boardwalk.

    You can walk as far as the new Cairns passenger ocean liner terminal as it is now all inter-connecting.

    A nice walking experience and best part it is free and suitable for all ages and is wheelchair and pram friendly.

    Don't forget your hat,water and sunscreen.

    Please enjoy.

    Beautiful Trinity Inlet from the boardwalk. The boardwalk heading south along Trinity Inlet. East Trinity ranges in the background. Ice cream,drinks,reef tours along the boardwalk. Nice view of the boats in the marina.
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    Visit the Scarecrow family

    by tropicrd Updated Sep 13, 2012

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    It is a lot of fun to visit the scarecrow dynasty at Mareeba QLD.
    This scarecrow family has grown over the years after a scarecrow was made to scare birds away from a mango plantation.It was called Jake, he became very popular and was set in different poses and clothes--the owner set up a stall selling pot plants next to him and locals and tourists loved him.Spurred on by Jakes popularity the owner decided it was time he had a partner so another scarecrow was made and called Lucy.It was so much fun seeing the relationship develop and each time you drive by they have had different clothes on and poses.Lucy proposed to Jake and the wedding plans started--the whole town of Mareeba got into the act and would donate clothes and other items,even a wedding dress.The gifts rolled in--accessories for the scenes.When the big day came people came from all over --dressed to the nines for the ceremony--sweets were thrown into the crowd.Since then a baby scarecrow has been born called Jed.Baby clothes and a stroller were donated. So if you are travelling up to the Cairns Tablelands at Mareeba keep an eye open for the scarecrow family. No fees/costs I often drive up this way and my last visit was Sept 2012

    Scarecrow family were kidnapped & vandalised 2012 The scarecrow family 2011 The new scarecrow family-Jake,Lucy,Jed & Joy 2012
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    A most delightful suburban wetlands

    by tropicrd Written Sep 13, 2012

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    The Cattana wetlands between Smithfield and Yorkeys Knob north of Cairns is a real treat.You can stroll around the path ways,have a picnic at the covered shelters or if you are into bird watching then there are bird hides strategically placed for your enjoyment.

    There are plenty of seats situated in areas overlooking the water and bush land. I found it very quite except for the sound of the birds and rustling in the grass from a lizard.

    It is all flat walking and suitable for all ages, wheelchairs,prams,cycles etc.

    It is free and the entrance has public toilets including disabled facilities.

    Don't forget to take water, insect repellant and of course your camera for that special picture.

    Enjoy and please leave only your footprints,rubbish bins are plentiful.

    It's all about the birds and other wildlife. Road to Cattana Wetlands Great information So peaceful Picnic spots and bird hides.
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