We stayed here based on reviews from TA and were very pleased. We had a one bedroomed suite overlooking the pool. Our son slept on the sofabed and was very comfortable. Our room had a doulbe bed and ensuite shower and a bath. The small kitchenette was adequate for us. The hotel pool was great for a dip and there is a fantastic play park opposite if you have younger children especially...it had water fountains to play in, BBQ area, play frames etc. and was very clean. Cairns Plaza is about a 10 minute walk into the main shopping/restaurant area. We enjoyed the walk along the beachfront boardwalk. The beach is non existant and is really a mudflat so there are loads of water birds to see and crabs everywhere. Look out for the pelicans.
Because there is no beach there is a FANTASTIC lagoon pool at the end of the boardwalk. YOU HAVE TO GO! It is surrounded by lawn so sunbathe on and at the weekends there is a stage set up and local musicians serenade you while you lounge about. Just fab. Also many BBQ stations scattered around.
Cairns is nice enough. The indoor market is fun in the evening. There is a big Wolworths supermarket on the street behind the indoor market (just walk through the market, out the back and look to the left, you'll see Woolworths on the opposite side of the road...sorry I can't remember the street name)
But mainly Cairns is an ideal base to do trips from. You must go to Tjapukai (the Aboriginal Cultural Centre). Book an excursion at the hotel. We went with Skyrail which combines Tjapukai with the Kuranda Skyway and Railway. It is an amazing day out. They drop you at the Skyway terminal. But head straight to Tjapukai centre which is next door and you will be in time for the start of the first show and then you are lead smoothly from one to the next activity. You see dancing, learn about bush medicine and how to play a didgeridoo. Then you get to throw a boomerang and a spear. At the end we got to do some aborigini style painting on pebbles.
Then go to the Skyway and ride the cable car to Kuranda. There are a couple of stops along the way for you to walk in the rainforest.You get an hour or so in Kuruanda for lunch and shopping. We has a fab lunch at the Frog Cafe...great views too. Then head for the Train station for the most wonderful steam train ride down the mountain. Make sure you get some photos of the train going round the bends...quite spectacular. You arrive back at the Terminal and the tour driver drops you backa t your hotel. So easy. So worthwhile.
We also went on an overnight trip with On the Wallaby. They are just fantastic and although set up for backpackers they gave us and our son there room for 4 (2 bunks). It was a fun change for us and a new experience for a 10yr old having to help with washing up and sitting down to eat with total strangers. The whole trip was amazingly fun and if you get Bart as your guide you will have a blast. Do't really want to say too much as it will spoil the trip for you lest to say we loved every minute of it. Beware though if you are travel sick as there is a very windy road to go up (and down on the way home) 230+ bends. Take some pills!!
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