Hi, my 13 year old son and I are visiting Australia from the UK in August and want to spend 3 nights of our whirwind tour in the Cairns area, primarily to see the GBR and also to visit Kurunda. I have a few questions which I hope you can help with.
Would it be better to stay in Port Douglas or Palm Cove, to ensure that we have easy access to restaurants etc that will appeal to a 13 year old? From reading the PD Forum, it looks like most hotels are away from the main strip. Is this the case in Palm Cove?
We don't dive or snorkel - any suggestions for observing the GBR without having to get in the water??
I understand that you can visit the GBR from the jetty in Palm Cove. Are these trips the same calibre as the Quicksilver ones from Port Douglas?
Are the beaches at Port Douglas and Palm Cove surf beaches?
Is it easy to visit Kurunda via the skytrain and scenic railway if you are not part of an organised tour?
Many thanks for any help with these questions.