HELP with 4 nights in Cairns

Jun 20th, 2013, 07:13 PM
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HELP with 4 nights in Cairns

We (4 of us) are taking a 2 week trip to Australia (YEAH!) from New York in December and spending the first 4 nights in Cairns at the Hilton. Using points so it is free. We land at 3 PM so I figure we will be wasted when we land and the next day, Of the 3 full days we will have, 2 of us will spend the second day on a dive trip. The next day, since we cannot fly, we plan on taking a trip to cape Tribulation with a river cruise.

I am not sure what we should do the first day, since I think we will still be adjusting to the time. Also, what should the other 2 people do the day I am out diving.

If we all do,something together the one day, what do they do the next.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Jun 20th, 2013, 10:32 PM
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The first suggestion would be to stay in Palm Cove or Port Douglas and not Cairns but I guess it's a bit late for that ....

Although derided by some as touristy, many people do the trip to Kuranda - take the train up and the skyrail back. We've done it a few times and always enjoyed it as it makes for a pleasant day out. Visit the bird sanctuary and the butterfly sanctuary and the markets at the top of the village.

Rent a car for a day and drive up the coast to Port Douglas.

Rent a car and spend a day out on the Atherton Tablelands.

Do the two non-divers not want to go snorkeling out on the reef? That's what most people go there for....
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Jun 20th, 2013, 11:56 PM
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We found the half-day tour of Cairns very interesting. I presume it is still offered.

If poss rent a car as tt7 has suggested and do both suggestions.
Another couple of ideas using a rental car:
visit Mareeba - go to the Coffee Works for a tour;
visit the Mareeba Wetlands;
just on the outskirts of Cairns is a lovely man-made lake that is the reservoir. Can't think of the name at present but it is very peaceful and serene.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 03:39 PM
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Jun 21st, 2013, 08:28 PM
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Thanks! Good suggestion! No, we have one person who will not snorkle. I thought of the trips that go to the platforms with glass bottom boats, but being with 300 people does not appeal to me.

Am I wrong to think that my first day I will be too jet lagged to enjoy myself? Can I plan a trip that day? What would be a good half day trip?
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Jul 5th, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Boors, each time we have flown from the US Midwest to Australia the jet lag upon arrival was not bad at all (but coming home took forever to get over). I find it much easier to adjust than going from the US to Europe, for example. I simply stay up as late as I possibly can the night before leaving so that I am tired once I get on the plane, then sleep almost all the way there. When you wake up, it's morning in Australia. For a few nights we went to bed a bit earlier than others, but, it really isn't bad at all. Each time we took showers and did things immediately upon arrival in Australia.
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