Hoping to experience wildlife and wilderness, Karen Hansen from Flight Centre Upper Hutt headed north on her Australia holiday.
After a very good 5 hour direct flight to Cairns, we arrived mid morning fresh and ready to start our holiday in Australia. Picking up our Europcar rental van, we headed off for a day trip on the Kuranda train trip and Sky Rail, which is a great day out that I would highly recommend.
After a late lunch at the wonderful Pullman Cairns International hotel, we went onto our accommodation for the night at the Ibis Styles Colonial Club. This is a nice family resort but is a little bit out of town so a rental car is worthwhile.
The next day we drove up to Palm Cove where we relaxed and soaked up the coastal vibe, before enjoying a meal at the Pullman Palm Cove. A great accommodation option is the Amaroo at Trinity on Trinity Beach, with all rooms looking out over the sea.
Next heading up to Port Douglas, we had a delicious lunch at the Sheraton Mirage Resort. One highlight of the resort are the pool areas, which are particularly great for families. We had a lovely BBQ lunch by the pool, after which we managed a quick swim to stave off the heat.
We were well looked after on our full day Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef Tour. The snorkelling was great and I really enjoyed the submarine ride; we saw some very interesting fish and were lucky enough to see some turtles.
After a long day in the hot sun we had a nice meal and early night staying at the Freestyle Resort.
The following day we drove back down to Cairns for our last night in Australia, where we stayed at the Mantra Trilogy; this hotel would be my pick for accommodation in central Cairns.
If you fancy extending your trip a bit to explore more of the region, just north of Brisbane is the Sunshine Coast - holiday central for couples and families. The Coast begins at Caloundra, and extends to Cooloola, the gateway to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island.
Along the way, it encompasses more than 100 kilometres of beaches stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach, Noosa and Rainbow Beach.
Although you’ll probably be tempted to spend most of your time on one of those beaches, it’s worth making time for a trip into the Glass House Mountains for scenic drives and bushwalking.
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