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Six nights in Cairns

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Dronfield Derbyshire
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Six nights in Cairns

We are retired married couple middle to late sixties, eventualy visiting friends in Brisbane. We stop over for six nights in Cairns, we would welcome advice / surgestions as to where to stay and how best we could spend our limited time in Cairns.. We are interested in all cultural matters of the area and seeing something of the barrier reef. We plan to rent a car for all of our stay

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Here I have compiled day trips in how best to spend your time in Cairns. Pending on your preferences there is a lot to choose from – a mix and match itinerary. You will notice that most attractions are within the proximity of Cairns and not the Port Douglas area and are predominately a nature, reef paradise. As to where to stay; the confusing debate usually arises between Cairns vs. PD in this forum, whereas in regards to a question about Hotel accommodation, sorry but I either stay with family or take a Caravan Park Resort self-contained cabin; just outside the city of Cairns. Hence I will not risk offending anyone’s travel style with my suggestions unless personally asked.

Have a lovely trip Derbytup_8, and mind the sun in Far North Queensland.

Cheers ANGIE4124


1. Beaches; Ellis Beach, Palm Cove & $hopping, Trinity Beach, Yorkey’s Knob… Smithfield $hopping Centre

2. Crystal Cascades - A Ulysses Butterfly habitat

Barron Gorge Power Station - also a $ White Water Rafting area

Lake Placid Rec. Area - a quite place to relax with a cuppa

Lake Morris Road (On route) - Short drive for Panoramic view of Cairns

Earlville $hopping Centre

Sugar World - Location of the Raintree and Tropical Gardens

3. Flecker Botanical Gardens - Greenslopes Street

Cairns Central $hopping Centre

The Lagoon - Cairns Esplanade

City exploration - free parking at Cairns Central or meter parking on road, after hours free.

The Reef Casino - Smorgasbord Dinner and Night Markets


4. Kennedy Hwy…Kuranda Village, Barron Falls Lookout, Davies Ck Falls and onto Mareeba

5. $ Kuranda Scenic Rail - to Kuranda Village (shopping)

6. $ Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Skyrail to Kuranda Village

7. $ Fitzroy Island - hiking, snorkelling, bird watching (and less touristy)

8. $ Great Barrier Reef including Green Island… Pickup is available from your Hotel


9. Babinda Boulders and Josephine Falls - A Ulysses Butterfly habitat

10. Gillies Hwy… Waterfall circuit - via Gordonvale to Malanda, Milla Milla Falls - Innisfail

11. Gillies Hwy… To Atherton Tablelands, Lake Tinaroo, Mareeba onto Kuranda

12. (Optional) Yarrabah Aboriginal Community - Only for real explorers with a day to spare

CAIRNS NORTH – Note: Port Douglas is one hour from Cairns

13. Port Douglas $hopping and surrounds & Mossman Gorge

14. Daintree Village and $ Ferry crossing to Cape Tribulation

15. Kennedy Hwy… Mareeba to Mossman along the Cassowary Locality

16. $ Low Isle snorkelling and Reef Tours from Port Douglas; known as Port.

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Hi ANGIE4124,

Thanks for your information. Can you help with details on scenic drives and places to eat?

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Hello Derby…

I feel I would be of no help to you in regards to specific places to eat as it would pend on your taste buds… Mine are wired for fresh seafood when I visit Far North Queensland – Cairns as I generally eat in with the occasional dinning out experience. The Reef Casino, Charlie’s, our local football clubs – Brothers Cairns (League) and Cazalys (AFL) are where we tend to visit; either for their lavish smorgasbords or basic dinning etc. Although you will find an abundance of various culinary cuisines along Cairns Esplanade to choose from; whereby I know you will not go hungry…

Now once you arrive into Cairns and get a few maps, sit down and look at my list you will discover it is one big scenic drive from point A to point B. The most impressive scenic drive and comprehensive for me would be; No 10. Gillies Hwy/Gillies Range Road... The Waterfall circuit… Driving south of Cairns to Gordonvale on the Bruce Hwy [A1] you turn right into Gillies Hwy on-route Atherton and or Malanda for the Waterfall circuit... Signage to various lakes and points of interest are found along the way.

As you head towards Milla Milla Falls; the road changes name to Milla Milla-Malanda Road into Palmerston Hwy which takes you down the range towards Innisfail on the Bruce Hwy [A1]. Here you can either proceed into Innisfail or turn left towards Cairns for the fast trip home.

Note: This will be a complete day’s drive to include a morning Devonshire tea and scones at Lake Barrine Teahouse, Malanda Dairy Centre - Milk Factory (free entry & small donation into museum) and falls, picnic lunch at Milla Milla Lookout (a hidden scenic jewel) and stopping at all if not most scenic attractions. This is one reason why I suggest Cairns as a base as to PD, for this circuit from PD would be exhaustive!

No 13. Captain Cook Hwy… The Marlin Coast takes in the scenic view of the coastline and some of our Northern Beaches, best of which for me are Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach which you actually enter off the Hwy too each of these individually. On-route to PD – Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures (a photo opportunity with a replica of the biggest Croc ever caught.) and Rex Lookout overlooking the Coral Sea…After another 25km’s north; you turn right into Port Douglas Road. Here you have the Marina Mirage, exclu$ive $hopping bouquet$ and the usual souvenir shops, cafes in the main street. High end Hotels, Resorts and Spa accommodation abound to blow your budget or for your indulgence. Sightseeing around PD there’s Flagstaff Hill Lookout which overlooks Four Mile Beach. As you exit PD and proceed further north you have Mossman Gorge (a short distance off Capt. Cook Hwy), Daintree Village and Daintree River Ferry crossing to Cape Tribulation… Note: This will be another complete day’s drive, although not as long.

No 4. Kennedy Hwy [1]... On-route Ross Lookout, Kuranda Village and Railway Station, Barron Falls Lookout and Davies Creek Falls where the vegetation in this area changes from Rainforest to Grassland onto Mareeba…

Being a novice, I unfortunately do not know how to provide links to websites just yet, but hope this information helps you sufficiently?

Cheers ANGIE

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Hi Angie, You may not know how to provide links yet, but you have provided some fabulous travel information (which, after all, is the most important thing). Just do what most of us novices do - grab someone from the 'younger generation' and get them to show you:)

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Hi Angie

Many thanks for the futher info you have provided, you are most kind to have taken the trouble to detail the possible scenic drives, and we take your point with regard to eating out. as for your previous posting we will take great care when out in the noon day sun! thankyou once again.

Rob & Margaret / Derby tup

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