Hello all! You have all been very helpful so far in researching my trip. My partner and I will be in Cairns in mid-late September and I wanted to ask a few questions. I am attempting to plan out our activities. We love beaches, snorkeling, jungle walking and clear blue waters. I have been looking for good beaches to go to to relax and swim (Trinity? palm cove?). I have also been researching good islands for day visits. I have found this one operator that goes to the Frankland Islands (I think Normaby island specifically)- and it looks beautiful!
So my main questions are:
1) What are some of the best beaches within easy driving/busing distance from Cairns that are pretty, clean, with clear waters, good sand?
2) What are some good/beatiful islands to visit which offer clear blue waters for snorkeling, and nice white beaches?Jungles are a plus! lol------> Green Island, Frankland Islands, Fitzroy Island, Dunk Island, Lizard Island... ?? Coral cays?