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1. Posted by queeny (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y

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Hi all,
I'm listed as a travel helper for Oz but one part I haven't been able to spend time in as I had to fly home, is Cairns. I'm planning on heading up there for a week or so in March and am hoping to do Port Douglas, Daintree and Cape Trib and also Fitzroy Island too. Anyone got any info or advice on these areas...??

How long would I need in Port Douglas? Is an overnite trip enough? Is it dear to do a sail and dive trip to Fitzroy? Any good tours to Daintree or would I be as well to just DIY? I'll be travelling alone.

Any help appreciated...
Cheers

2. Posted by ozeagle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi Everyone,

Following from Caoimhea's post.....I'm thinking about going on a last minute get-away holiday for 4 days to Cairns (by myself) to take a break from work and Melbourne city life!
It will be my first time to Cairns and the rain forest region. I have just realised that Cairns isn't too far from Cape Tribulation and the Daintry. Whilst looking at the reviews and websites of these two places: PK'S JUNGLE VILLAGE and CROCODYLUS they both look like amazing places to visit! Can anyone recommend any alternative places to stay around Cairns and things to do to unwind for a few days for a slightly stressed 35 year old who is in desperate need for a bit of R&R? Any experiences / positive or otherwise about PK'S JUNGLE VILLAGE and CROCODYLUS?

Any feedback will be appreciated!

Regards,

Steven

P.S. I would love to hear from anyone who will be there between 1st -4th Feb who wouldn't mind meeting up.

3. Posted by Rach23 (Budding Member 55 posts) 9y

Port Douglas is a lot quiter place than Cairns so a good place to relax but not somewhere to spend too long, go stay at Dougies its a really cool hostel, got its own bar the people are great and one of the cleanest places I stayed. Sorry I can't remember the name of the tour I went on to daintree and cape trib but I stayed at PKs - its very basic place so, the beds aren't the comfiest but its got a lively bar so depends what you want.

Another place I'd recommend going from Cairns is to the Atherton tablelands on a tour called 'on the wallaby' they take you to milla milla falls and couple of lakes (i forget their names) and then stay in a hostel of the same name in Yungaburra, the next day take you biking and canoeing its really good place and again the people are cool.

hope that helps
Rach

4. Posted by garry moll (Budding Member 348 posts) 9y

cairns is a good base. you will get to daintree in an hour,mossman falls is good too, skyrail at kurranda and the reef too. if you have time check out my travel blog may be something there to take your eye.

5. Posted by mostrim (Inactive 80 posts) 9y

I did a trip to Kuranda from Cairns, up on a train with a stop at the Barron Falls(best seen when there has been lots of rain, so the locals say) then on up to the village, had a browse through the stalls, took a wildlife tour, took part in an aboriginal experience, shows you boomerang and spear throwing and digiridoo playing followed by some native dances. Then took a Duck tour, a trip on a second world war amphibious vehical, drives on land, is a boat in the water. Ended up the day by taking the skyrail to Cairns, some great views over the rainforest on the way down.
From Port Douglas took a trip to the barrier reef with Quicksilver tours, out to a floating pontoon, you can snorkel or do a trip in a glassbottomed boat or use the underwater observatory - trips to the reef may be cancelled in weather is bad.

6. Posted by queeny (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y

Quoting ozeagle

Hi Everyone,

Following from Caoimhea's post.....I'm thinking about going on a last minute get-away holiday for 4 days to Cairns (by myself) to take a break from work and Melbourne city life!
It will be my first time to Cairns and the rain forest region. I have just realised that Cairns isn't too far from Cape Tribulation and the Daintry. Whilst looking at the reviews and websites of these two places: PK'S JUNGLE VILLAGE and CROCODYLUS they both look like amazing places to visit! Can anyone recommend any alternative places to stay around Cairns and things to do to unwind for a few days for a slightly stressed 35 year old who is in desperate need for a bit of R&R? Any experiences / positive or otherwise about PK'S JUNGLE VILLAGE and CROCODYLUS?

Any feedback will be appreciated!

Regards,

Steven

P.S. I would love to hear from anyone who will be there between 1st -4th Feb who wouldn't mind meeting up.

Yeah, that's my reason for the trip too! I'm sick of work and day to day life in Sydney so looking to escape for a bit. Unfortunately I'm heading up there in mid March so not the same timing as you...

I found some tours that looked good, anyone got any feedback on them?? http://www.adventuretours.com.au/index.php/tour/qld/03_day_go_wild_reef_rainforest
There's a 3 day and a 2 day one. As I'm travelling alone I thought perhaps a tour would suit me better than just doing it myself.....??

7. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 9y

Hi,

I have only been up there for a trip once and we had a ball.

Cairns is a really good base - a lot to see and do within easy reach - south, west and north as well as out to the reef etc.

Personally Port Douglas would be good for an overnight stay - not much more unless you are well off! LOL

My suggestion would be spend at least three to four days at Cape Trib - an amazing place! (Next time I go I will be there for the whole time!) I am a believer in DIY trips as you can always ask locals the best places to go to and this way you can stop and start when you want however sometimes, if you are on a time limit or don't have a 4WD, an organised tour will give you all you want as well. (One organised trip I would do is one up through the Daintree area to Cooktown.)

I loved our time spent up in Karunda (do the sky rail trip - an amazing experience) and then we went out onto the Atherton Tablelands. Could have spent a week out there easily.

Next time I will also be spending more time south of Cairns - went for a one day trip down to Innisfail and found so many beautiful hidey holes on the way down and back want to go back and spend at least a week or so driving down the coast and then across the mountains onto the Tablelands and back up.

Have a look at these sites - it gives you an idea of some of the area.

http://www.cairnsoldercarhire.com/cairns_tourism.html

http://www.cairnsattractions.com/maps-innisfail-cooktown.html

Have fun - hope the weather is on the turn by then and you get to see the best of it all.

With regards

Kathryn

8. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 9y

The Tablelands are great.
If you are spending more than a few days in the area, I would suggest a couple of different experiences.
1. Take a day trip to Cooktown. It's not your resort type of location but has a friendly Queensland country town atmosphere. You can go via 'Cape Tribulation'

2. If you can handle a bit of gravel road, why not consider Chillagoe, a very quiet locality, have a drink the pub then visit the caves and old smelters. Just check when the tours are on though. Google it or check this site
http://www.tablelands.org/chillagoe.html

9. Posted by queeny (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y

Quoting ozeagle

P.S. I would love to hear from anyone who will be there between 1st -4th Feb who wouldn't mind meeting up.

Hey, just wondering if your back yet and how your trip went...??