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Cairns, Cairns, Cairns.
Cairns is a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing range, and the Coral sea up to 1687 km2 in size. Its in the Far North of Queensland, it’s population has been on a steady rise for the last 10 years, and is currently home to more than 160,000 people. It’s central, fairly easy to get around, all your basic needs like supermarkets, pharmacies, medical centers, hospitals, bus transportation, accommodation, tours, shopping, markets, eat outs, lagoon, they are all-mainly in walking distance from each other…
Cairns City is like the hub to all these different day trips, in all different directions accross the region. The outback, the reef, and the rainforest, are all at your fingertips, with an easy 1-3 hours drive/boat ride from Cairns. A couple hours in any direction from Cairns, can land you somewhere with a completely different landscape, here we have the main attractions to Cairns which is the Great Barrier Reef, the Rainforest (more famously The Daintree Rainforest) and we also have the Atherton Tablelands (farmland to outbackish landscapes). Other popular areas include Kuranda, Port Douglas and whilst not located in the Cairns Region, we do really really like Mission Beach as our little hidden gem.
The one thing I LOVE about Cairns is that there is so much nature, wildlife, waterfalls, adventure and so much more. For those of you spending only a short amount of time in Cairns or travelling solo then day trips or overnight trips are definately the way to go… Those with a bit more time up your sleeve, or caravaning/camping, or travelling with a group of mates you may be better doing a self-drive… In Australia we drive on the left hand side of the road, and if you are not comfortable or not familiar with it, I honestly do not reccommend trying to do day trips as a self drive. There is many windy roads, and hills, corners, mountains etc. it is so easy to go back to the side your’ve been driving on your whole life and within a split second it really can change two different families lives forever.. So please please be caucious of this and remember the passengers side of the vehicle should always be the closest to the side of the road, and you should be diving from the middle of the left side of the road.
Another pro to doing day trips is there is no stress, you don’t have to worry about getting lost or missing out on the best places becuase companies like ourselves have taken the hardwork out of it and handpicked the best places for you (from what they think) but picking the right company that suits your travel style is also curical to having a blast, I mean there is no point putting yourself on a $60 tour that operates in every language except English! and for another example, us Barefoot Tours we are a pretty chilled laid back, boarderline non politically-correct type of tour, so if you are after a prim and propper, pull up your socks, reguritate lovely facts and figures from 1900 – well that’s not us either & if we don’t float your boat, maybe we can point you in the right direction of someone who can. Every company has a uniqueness to it, something that set’s itself apart from it’s competitors so have a hunt around and if you find a company you really like, ask them what other tours they like as you’ll probably get a similar experience or similar atomsphere. As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to lock in your bookings at least 2 days prior as things do book out…. If you are booking over school/public holidays or anything like that then the sooner the better, as some are booked out up to two weeks in advance.
!Helpful Hint! – In regards to accommodation and booked tours – just be careful as some tours may charge extra for transfers outside of the Cairns CBD area, this includes Trinity beach, Yorkeys, Holloways beach, Kewarra Beach and anything in between Cairns and Port Douglas. I will be putting up a blog about finding accommodation shortly, what to weigh up when deciding where to stay.
That’s all from me for now, so stay tunned and we will put some blog posts up weekly on different areas within Cairns or Mission Beach.