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Advice on Tours and Restaurants in Cairn

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Advice on Tours and Restaurants in Cairn

We are in Cairns from 26th Jan 2011 for 5 days with no car.

Any information on good restaurants and trips to do

We want to see the Barrier Reef but I cannot swim, I think I can use a floatation device.

We also like walks



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1. Re: Advice on Tours and Restaurants in Cairn

For snorkeling the GBR, I recommend 2 of the larger operators - Reef Magic and Quicksilver. They are a better introduction to the reefs for the first time snorkeler.

- Reef Magic


It caters for novice snorkelers with rest stations and flotation devices. See


I strongly encourage you to have a go instead of taking the glass bottom option or the 'helmet dive' (they will try to sell you that experience....). Some people chicken out at the last moment - which is a shame.

- Quicksilver


They also look after novice snorkelers well. And their boats are nice.

Make sure you chose the 'outer reefs'.

That's where you get the best reefs experience.

Avoid 'Green Island' - much of the corals there are dead or damaged.

I have met people who visited Green Island and said that they have 'seen' the GBR - and then formed an opinion about what the GBR were like...

For restaurants, I'll wait for the Cairns folks to come to the party.

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2. Re: Advice on Tours and Restaurants in Cairn

Great information thanks very much I will definately try the snorkeling in the Outer Reef as you suggest although I am nervous of the water. Thanks again


PS Can we buy an underwater camera when we are there?

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3. Re: Advice on Tours and Restaurants in Cairn

Yes you can buy an underwater camera, we've used the cheap disposable variety.

Buy one before you go at one of the supermarkets/shops in Cairns CBD

Have a great holiday.

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There are some great restaraunts in Cairns and some dreadful ones. What sort of food do you like and what budget are you looking at ?

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We like a good steak and not so keen on Indian food. Regards

price mid range with max of $90 each

We are stayng at Inn Cairnes Lake street and have no car so would like to walk to restaurants

Thanks for your time

Sandra & Allan

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6. Re: Advice on Tours and Restaurants in Cairn

Steaks and meat lovers. Some I can think of.

If further away from town on Lake Street then the best bet is for Cock and Bull Tavern for steaks. They are a little ways from town. Lake Street goes for miles and miles so not sure what part you are staying. very cheap.






Down by the waterfront, cannot find a website;

Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

The Pier at the Marina Pierpoint Rd, Cairns QLD 4870

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We just got back from OZ and eat at Outback Jacks in Cairns they do great steaks. Worth a vist.

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We live in Cairns, after moving here just over 2 years ago. Our work means that we eat out alot and I am pretty particular about what I eat. We have travelled alot in both Australia and around the world so I feel that I have a good comparison range.

As others have said, the food in Cairns runs from hideous to really good and some places are very over priced!

I would avoid

-Outback Jacks: A chain of 'steakhouses' that admitted to us when we asked that they buy frozen products and preformed burgr patties.

-Casa de Meze: Really poor service and food

-Kani's: Over priced and poorly cooked

Perottas at the Gallery: Coffee is fine but food is average and over priced

Montezumas: Tacky, not authentic mexican

I would recommend,

-The Plantation at the Hotel Cairns: Good contempoary/European

-Donnini's : Fresh Pasta and great Italian cooking

-Fetta's: Good greek, great atmosphere and service

-Aldelphia: Great greek and good service

-Tha Fish: Good seafood!

Michaelangelos: Good pizza/italian

For basic cheap lunches- There is a range of places near you. Zapangs Sushi is much better than Sushi Train if you are looking for sushi.

For your snorkel trip I would recommend Passions of Paradise. This boat is consistent and the staff are great. They go to 2 great locations with fantastic corals and sea life. With the bigger boats like Quicksilver they take a lot more people and don't seem to provide that one on one service that the smaller vessels, like Passions do.

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9. Re: Advice on Tours and Restaurants in Cairn

How are the stingers this January 2011 around Green Island? Can you swim in the ocean around the island without a stinger suit or is it a must have accessory?

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