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“Fun for the boys”
Review of Cable Ski Cairns

Cable Ski Cairns
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Owner description: This is a unique cable-driven water skiing park that my son tried twice during our recent vacation. It's mostly used by locals, but is open to anyone and they treated us fine, so I'd like to review it. It's a good spot for active teens and older kids who want to do things rather than sightsee.
Reviewed April 2, 2012

My son & his friends thoroughly enjoyed the cable ski. They are into surfing & kite surfing usually, and loved this too.

Thank Aussiebooklover
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

We really enjoyed our experience of 'kneeboarding' at Cairns Cable Ski, however the experience would have been vastly improved had the young male operator been friendly and willing to give us slightly more of his time.
The woman who greeted us was friendly, helpful and willing to answer our questions - as a novice, i had quite a few). She advised us that it was the operator's responsibility to instruct us and ensure we had a good experience.
The young male operator was surly and rude - he gave us less than a minute of instruction and seemed far more interested in conversing with the experienced people who were using the facility at the same time as us. At no stage did he offer either of us any feedback on how we were going and what we could do to improve. Perhaps with the addition of an operator with a friendlier demeanour who is willing to talk to novice customers (rather than grunt), this experience could get even better.

3  Thank MrsJHogan86
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

These guys are really helpful. As a kiteboarder I find going to Cairns Ski Cable the perfect experience for days that I'm not kiteboarding in Cairns. This is a great place for me to cross train. The staff are top and the equipment is excellent!

Thank KiteboardingCairns
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

This is a man-made artificial lake where an overhead, circular tow cable has been set up. You sit on a kneeboard, or use water skis or a wakeboard, and the cable pulls you around the lake at water skiing speeds. There are jumps for the experts, or you can just scoot around the lake.

It sounds unusual if you haven't seen it before, but the arrangement works well. The turns at either end of the lake can be tricky, so there's some learning involved. But we saw a lot of kids on the lake in addition to adults.

The place seems to cater mostly to locals, but we tourists were welcome, and my son had a pretty good time even though he hadn't wakeboarded before. His biggest frustration was that he kept wiping out on the turns.

At about $30 for the first hour, the price wasn't dirt cheap, but it compared nicely to a lot of other attractions in the area (for example, the nearby go-kart track charges $30 for a race lasting less than 10 minutes).

This is a good stop if you have active kids who want to "do something" rather than sightsee.

2  Thank JQA_California
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Reviewed May 19, 2015
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