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I am looking at a trip in october being the dry season I hope - I have walking disabilities however I want to see the great barrier reef and the rainforest and local sights, am I best to stay in cairns orr port douglas? I am looking for a nice resort which has some evening activities however I am not too fussed....is october a good time to go? are there any must see activities? is the reef still a good trip if you can't snorkle?

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October is usually pretty good (but weather is whether)

Going non snorkel (me thinks nah, but there are several operators that do semi submersibles so maybe right for you) Passions etc, depdns on whether you like boat trips etc

Resorts with activities, not my scene, but maybe look at Fitzroy (off the coast)Rydges in PD

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I'd recommend a stay at Port Douglas, if you want to see the reef and the rainforest. PD is much closer to the Daintree than Cairns, so not as much travelling for you. And is fairly flat for walking and a smaller town than Cairns. Rydges PD as GW mentioned does have activities, but it's also a family resort so expect lots of children.

Quicksilver (reef trip ex PD) have special equipment for those with disabilities, and I'd advise them of that when booking. I'd do the same if you are booking a tour of the Daintree.

enjoy your planning LTB

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Hi nicmack,

We're also newbies to this forum and have similar mobility problems as have you - but; similarly, we've also not found our travels to be impaired by research...

LTB has replied rather sensibly other than GW, whom it appears, does: "...so it bumps up mu post cownt :) isn;y that what we all want?"... tripadvisor.com/…39474434

Enough of that: let's get to your post...

You say: " I want to see the great barrier reef and the rainforest and local sights, am I best to stay in cairns orr port douglas? I am looking for a nice resort which has some evening activities however I am not too fussed"

Giving it some thought - these are the options that we've considered for our short four-night stay:

GREAT BARRIER REEF: We think that this might be cool: however, there are other suggestions on the same (and similar) website/s that might interest you: cairnsvisitorcentre.com/green-island-adventu…

RAINFOREST: We reckon that we'll do this; but, ditto: cairnsvisitorcentre.com/kuranda-classic-expe…

LOCAL SIGHTS: Many to be found... FAQs above right >>>>>>>>>>^

LOCAL / PORT DOUGLAS?: LTB has given you excellent advice on this and needs to be considered - once again, do your research.. think about how you're getting to what you are attracted.

RESORT: (Evening Activities): Well, once again, you're choice - check-out what's happening around your choice of accommodation.

WEATHER: Probably the best considered advice would Wikipedia's sourced stats up until 2011 from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. They give an outlook for October of an average (high) 29.5C, (low) 20.6C; 8.3 days with1.843mm of rain; but, 248.6 hours of sunshine (the highest for the year): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairns#cite_note-ave-12

However; as you undoubtedly know, weather is fickle these days.

Whatever you decide on: I know that, with further research, you'll find what your after and eventually... have a ball!

Cheers ツ

BTW: We've decided to book at Shangri-la's, The Marina... night/day market next door; the Hilton over the road; and, Cairns Wildlife Dome & Casino just up from that... hey, what's a taxi-fare in Cairns? - I know it's not SE Asia, but nothing's too far away!.. but, our main reason is for a GC points run - so the motive is rather ulterior.

Edited: 16 March 2012, 13:32
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