Just returned from Cairns Feb. 20 2006.We booked our hotel thru wotif.com and got the Lakes spa and resort for 136.AUS/night with a large buffet breakfast included.When we arrived we could not believe our eyes. This resort is beautiful very lush, very pretty.Our apartment was spacious and certainly more than we needed.Loved having a washer and dryer(the hotel provided the soap) to clean our clothes before heading back on our travels. There is four pools which are beautifully maintained. The hotel was a bit out of town but a shuttle is provided and taxi's are reasonable.If you stay 3 nights min. they provide transfer to the airport.We were very disappointed with Quicksilver-silverswift company. I had prebooked our GBreef tour 2 weeks prior.When we arrived we had the hotel phone the company and they stated the boat was being serviced so to try again later.We only had two days and didn't think this company was very reliable since they never contacted us or tried to rebook us with someone else.We ended up going with seaquest and had a wonderful time.We ended up booking a flight to Sydney thru Virgin Blue.Very reasonable and comfortable.Hope some of this info helps.