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Cooktown 4WD Adventure Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas
"Travel north along the Captain Cook Highway one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives towards the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park crossing the mighty Daintree River by cable ferry. Journey through spectacular landscapes that contain the world's highest number of rare and endangered plant and animal species. Your guide will enlighten you with stories and history of the region as you crossing rivers and climbing mountain ranges.Stop for lunch at Cafe Ayton before visiting at the famous Lion's Den Hotel one of North Queensland's oldest bush pubs established in 1875. Continue to Black Mountain surrounded in mystery and ancient Aboriginal legend
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Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day Trip
Enjoy three iconic Cairns experiences over three unforgettable days in tropical Far North Queensland. Each tour takes place on a separate day. Please note that these are day tours only; accommodation is not included."""Over three days experience the best of tropical Far North Queensland! Go diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and explore the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Combining the Cairns area's most popular attractions this three-day super saver is perfect for first-time visitors to Queensland plus represents a savings of 10%. From the coral beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to scenic views from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and encounters with Australian wildlife
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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns
"Your Great Barrier Reef experience begins in the morning with one of the fastest trips to the reef from the Cairns mainland covering the distance in a little over an hour. After checking in step aboard your deluxe boat which holds a maximum of 100 people including expert guides who make sure that you are comfortable throughout the day. When you arrive at the reef head to two prime locations to take in colorful schools of fish and coral gardens. Your guides help you to get outfitted with snorkel and scuba diving equipment and provide instruction and encouragement to newcomers and experienced people alike. Your friendly and knowledgeable crew is always available to help nervous snorkelers or divers enjoy their time in the water. Marvel at the incredible richness an
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Free Cairns Pool on the Esplanade

Wandering around Cairns the first thing you notice is the lovely free pool on the water front right on the famous Esplanade. Cairns beach itself is not very inviting being mostly mud flats, so they have designed this lovely pool right on the water front. Great idea and as Cairns can tend to be quite hot and muggy, it's a nice way to cool off for the whole family.

Check out the link below for all things happening on the Esplanade (or Nard as the locals call it).

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aussirose
Sep 16, 2014

The Lagoon

So, instead of a beach in the centre of Cairns, you can now swim in a huge man-made lagoon! The lagoon is 4800 square metres in size, and is located on the foreshore. It has a sandy beach which is a great for the kids to build sand castles whilst you keep watch from the shady grass area nearby.

This is a pretty major development for Cairns. I guess they figured they needed to create something amazing like this to stop all of the tourists heading straight to the northern beaches. It is impressive actually - the lagoon is pretty big, and the area around it is landscaped nicely, with picnic areas and BBQ's the public can use. There are trained life guards on patrol throughout the year and there is a first aid room as well.

The lagoon is certainly a bonus for those with young kids as it is a very safe alternative to the surf. And also good for those of us scared of sharks ; )

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sue_stone
Apr 04, 2011

The lagoon

Cairns doesn't have a nice natural beach, but it has this beautiful artifical lagoon. It measures 4800 square metres, it's filled with filtered saltwater and even has a sandy area.
There are all amenities, picnic tables and bbq facilities.
Another great thing: there's no admission fee!!!!

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bijo69
Apr 24, 2007

The Lagoon

It may surprise some of you to hear that Cairns doesn't have a beach, it did me.
So they built a 'lagoon' with a shallow end for kids and a deeper part for adults to swim, there's a fountain you can play about in.
There's outdoor showers, lockers, lifeguards, toilet block and a little snack bar, a grassed area to lie an and if you can catch a spot sand too.
There's also BBQ's and picknick benches dotted around too.

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Feb 04, 2007
 
 
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Man made Lagoon

carins has one of the most beautiful man made lagoons. It has no beaches so, the man made lagoon almost acts like a big beach as well as a pool. Take your trunks and have a good swim. There are facilities for showers as well as lockers here.

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amazingclick
May 12, 2004

The Lagoon

Up here the sea is full of dangers.
People in Cairns have done what also other places should do: the Lagoon!
A safe place to swim and spend a day in the center of the city.
Thank you Cairns! :)

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