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My Short Break In Cairns, Tropical North Queensland

Here’s the next post as promised just about my vacation in Cairns.

Passions of Paradise. This was our only chance to do the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns and we were happy with our decision. The boat carries approximately 100 people and that was about the size we wanted. Big enough to have a bar and toilet facilities, but small enough that you didn’t feel you were on a cattle flatboat either. The staff were thorough and attentive. Your safety was their upmost concern and they also endevoured to make sure you got your money’s worth out of your cruise. They stopped at Fitzroy Island and their own coral bommie for bird watching and reef snorkelling and scuba diving. While we were in the water, they kept a sharp outlook for sharks. Nobody on this cruise even got seasick so we did all right. They feed you a barbecue luncheon and they have a bar you can buy water, soft drinks and beer at. At the end of the day they put up the sail but still drive in. I can’t think of a more perfect day trip to the reef. At the end of the day each crew member hugged you getting off the boat. It’s touches like that that make me want to recommend them.
Jaques Coffee is situated about an hour drive from Cairns, near Mareeba. You can do tours on the coffee plantation here, which they highly recommend – although I can’t say anything about it, as I didn’t do the tour.
The Centre’s café is a very calm, beautiful place which a large outside area, where you can sit and relish the view of eucalypt woodland. It’s a not cheap, but I think it’s worth it, as the atmosphere is so nice and relaxing. Everything is made of wood and there is also a gift shop where you can buy coffee and everything around it. They also care for some injured wallabies , so you can go and have a look at them, and maybe feed them if you ask.
Just opposite the Flecker Botanic Gardens you find the rain forest boardwalk that leads to the Centenary Lakes and Saltwater Creek. The walking trail goes directly through the forest, so you can really feel like being in the wild ;-) So just enjoy the lush, green forest and also seeing some animals, like kookaburras.
Centenary Lakes and Saltwater Creek look very idyllic – but don’t go too close to the water, as there have been crocodiles reportedly in the lakes!