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1. Posted by kirstann19 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hey guys and dolls

am travelling out to cairns in a couple of weeks time.
please can anyone help me as what i can do there and will i be able to get to the barrier reef
or is it too far away? anyone got any good hostels that i can stay in whilst there.
PLEASE PLEASE help me am so nervous as what to expect there.

thanks travellers, luv kirst

2. Posted by Needabed (Full Member 25 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi, you can definitely go to the barrier reef and travel to Port Douglas and Cap Trib. I have stayed few years ago at the YHA in Cairns, not bad and you can book there all your excursions ;) Hope it Helps!

3. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kirst

You will have a BALL in Cairns!! There are plenty of Hostels there - I am sure you will not have any trouble in finding one that suits you.

One suggestion I have is - ask the people you are with now ie the hostel and/or the backpackers for the type of hostel you want. Visit other hostels and ask/put a notice up.

Depending on your budget - please make sure you go to Cape Tribulation. There are plenty of places to stay but if you want the hostel type stuff then the pub there has a great backpackers!! Although I stayed elsewhere (and LOVED it!!) if I was a young backpacker then the pub was the place to stay.

Cape Trib is just amazing.

Then there is the Karunda Railway

and SkyRail

I adored the area down south of Cairns - towards Innisfail. And then throughout the mountains over to the Tablelands.

If you have time and the budget - get yourself onto a tour up to Cooktown and/or even further north....

You will love it all up there - it is wonderful.....

Have fun!!


4. Posted by queeny (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey there,
I left Oz recently and spent one of my last weeks (and a bit) up in Cairns. It was my first time being on my own. It's a great spot.
I stayed in Calypso which is an awesome place. The people are so friendly and helpful but somewhere closer to the center might be good - try Gilligans, the International, YHA, Global Palace.

For the Great Barrier Reef I would definitely recommend doing a trip from Cape Tribulation. I did it there and it was great. We were the only boat out on the water and the water was crystal. A few people I met that did a trip from Cairns said visibility wasn't great. PKs is supposed to be really good up there. I think that's the place isnoo is talking about.

I did Uncle Brian's tour of the Tablelands and it's BRILLIANT. Highly recommended.... :D

5. Posted by chelseakyp (Budding Member 86 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Kirst, me and a friend are in Cairns at the mo and staying at Calypsos, its a great place and even though its about a 15-20 minute walk from the city they have a free bus service that runs so if u dont fancy the walk, get a bus! You'll definantly be able to go on a trip to the reef from here. Let me know if you book at Calypsos as we'll be here for a while, Claire x