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I took my Family to Cairns for a vacation


On Monday we decided to get the blood rushing by going white water rafting on the Russell river in 2 man inflatable kayaks. Even though the Russell River isn’t as high a grade as the Tully this is still a rush. Because you are in 2 man inflatable rafts there is no guide with you. They are paddling their own kayak with you.


Today we decided to have a lazy day around the resort. A few cold beers and mudcrab for lunch made it the perfect day. 


On Wednesday we finally went to the Cairns Great Barrier Reef. We went out with Great Adventures. They have a platform permanently moored at the outer reef. The snorkelling was incredible with literally hundreds of fish of all colours all around you. The coral was amazing and was so close you could almost touch it.

That night we went to the Reef Casino, a good night was had by all, however no-one won anything


On Thursday we went to Kuranda. It’s a quiet little town in the mountains behind Cairns. You can get a coach there, but we went on the Skyrail. The Skyrail took approximately forty five minutes with 2 stations on the route. Kuranda’s a nice place but a little too tacky for my liking. Every second shop is selling didgeridoo’s and the ones in between are selling Aboriginal Art. A must do is the Kuranda Village Markets, with more boomerangs for sale as well as lots of local handmade knick knacks, as well as more boomerangs. We returned by the Kuranda Scenic Railway with more beautiful scenery.


Today was another relaxing day of sorts. We took the chance to spend the day at the lagoon. For a destination with crocodiles and deadly jellyfish, this place is an excellent creation.

Friday night we went on a dinner cruise on the Cairns Inlet, the food was superb and the singer was top quality. Returning by 9.20pm, it wasn’t too late.


Saturday we visited the Great Barrier Reef again. This time we went with Ocean Quest on a diving cruise. Although we only tried snorkelling, as none of us are trained divers. The reef was even better than the first day. The lack or crowds makes it a much different trip than on the big boat trips.


On Sunday we visited Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest . This is the worlds oldest rainforest, and it’s pretty spectacular. They say it’s “where the rainforest meets the reef” and thats about it. The rainforest runs right down to the white sandy beaches.

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