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Need suggestions of places to stay in the Cairns/GBR area

Need suggestions of places to stay in the Cairns/GBR area

Nov 6th, 2005, 07:26 AM
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Need suggestions of places to stay in the Cairns/GBR area

We'll be coming to OZ in January, and as part of our trip we'll fly to CNS and spend 3 nights in the area. Previously, I was thinking we'd head up to Port Douglas and spend the 3 nights there. We'd use that as our base to see/dive the reef, and hit some of the other attractions (Daintree, Kuranda, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Rainforest).

Interested in hearing about some other places/cities that we should look at, as well as some specific hotels/resorts/B&B's that are recommended.

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Nov 6th, 2005, 11:48 AM
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We have stayed in a beautiful apartment ( not B & B) called Omkara in Port Douglas. It is run by a lovely, caring woman who is helpful and the property itself is gorgeous - decorated on an eastern theme.
It is quiet and has its own stunning private courtyard with your own pool. It is within very easy walking distance to the main street of Port Douglas and the shops etc.
Port Douglas has an interesting market on Sundays and I would suggest a trip to the outer reef for wonderful snorkelling/diving. Go with one of the smaller operators like Wavelength.
Mossman Gorge is worth a stop on your way to the Daintree
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Nov 6th, 2005, 01:24 PM
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Hi Dave
For alternative accommodation ideas you might like to have a look at http://www.daintreevillage.asn.au/accommodation.html which covers the beautiful region between the Mossman and Daintree Rivers. It's an ideal base for exploring Daintree National Park towards Cape Tribulation to the north, Port Douglas and the Reef just to the south and also the Cairns Highlands to the west. The website also gives a lot of regional information.

Wherever you stay I hope you have a great holiday!
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Nov 8th, 2005, 06:12 AM
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As a local from the area, must agree with Sunbird, Daintree is just a beautiful and unique area, so much better than Port Douglas for scenery and wildlife.

Cairns is actually a better base for Tjakupai and Kuranda, far closer.

Its a shame you only have 3 nights, because you will not be able to appreciate this stunning part of the country in that short time - is there anywhere else you can shave a bit of time from?
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Nov 11th, 2005, 12:22 PM
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I would suggest Silky Oaks as a place to stay. It is right in the Rainforest and is a wonderful eco resort.

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Nov 11th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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We're planning to stay in Port Douglas for our excursions to the Great Barrier Reef (Wavelength looks great) and Daintree (thanks to whoever suggested Wilderness Challenge on another post - they have exactly what hwe are looking for). We also want to go to Kurunda. Should we stay a couple of night in Cairns to do that or are there pick-ups in POrt Douglas? I know it will be farther, but wondering if it is at least possible. We will be in the area for 6 nights all together before flying on to Christchurch.
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Nov 11th, 2005, 03:35 PM
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jcasale, yes, Skyrail does pick up in Port Douglas for Skyrail/Kuranda train combo, you will need to allow about another 2 hours total for the trip, most of which is very scenic. Port Douglas transfers are about an extra AU$33 pp - see www.skyrailcom.au for times.
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Nov 11th, 2005, 06:00 PM
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sorry, www.skyrail.com.au
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Nov 11th, 2005, 06:38 PM
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Thanks for the website. I can't wait to check it out.
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Nov 13th, 2005, 12:41 AM
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We stayed at Peppers Bloomfield Lodge this year. It is between Cairns and Cooktown at the edge of Bloomfield National Park.
There is a 30 minute flight from Cairns with beautiful views along the coast. The plane lands and there is a drive to the Bloomfield River where a small boat takes you to the Lodge. There is no road access.
The Lodge has cabins in the rainforest with the main activity centre in a building where all the meals are served. The pool is here too.
Food is delicious, a very high standard, with picnics at lunch if you are walking to the beach. We had the boat drop us off and pick us up.
There are excursions to the Great Barrier Reef ( extra ) although the rainforest walk and the boat ride on the Bloomfield river are inclusive.
A wonderful place to stay although for 3 nights other tourist areas won't be possible.
In 3 days you would see the coast on the way to the lodge ( from the small plane), a day trip to the reef on the lodges own boat, rainforest, as well as relaxing in a beautifl setting.
Food is all inclusive, drinks on and honesty system and company is fun.
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Nov 13th, 2005, 03:28 AM
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Hi Jilly, thank goodness someone here has has mentioned the Bloomfield Wilderness Lodge, what a stunning place to stay. Everything you say it is; a true wilderness in gorgeous untouched area, probably about the best you'll find in Far North Queensland at this stage.
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