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Alamanda by Lancemore
Alamanda Resort & Spa The only absolute beachfront resort in Palm Cove - 5 Star Luxury - 5 Star Service - 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Suites

STAY 4 PAY 3

- FREE Wi-Fi
FROM $276 Per Night
SUMMER SPECIAL
*Based on 4 night stay

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Mgallery by Sofitel - Reef House
Reef House Resort & Spa Luxury Resort opposite beautiful Palm Cove Beach.

STAY 4 PAY 3

Includes:
- Bottle of Sparkling
- Brigadiers Punch at Twilight
- Wi-Fi and DVD library
- Late 1pm check out
FROM $169 Per Night
PALM COVE
Based on 4 night stay - Brigadier Room
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Kuranda & Reef Combo
Reef & Kuranda 2 Day Experience 2 reef destinations in 1 day on the fabulous Evolution vessel. Visit Kuranda on famous Skyrail and Kuranda Train and explore the village in the Rainforest.

Tour Combo SAVE $56!

- Famous Skyrail Cableway
- Evolution premium reef cruise
- 2 Outer Reef locations
- Snorkel gear
- Scenic Kuranda train
- Free time in Kuranda
& more..
FROM $305 Per Person
DEPARTS DAILY
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5 night Tropical Reef & Rainforest
Tropical Reef & Rainforest 5 nights at Bay Village with 3 most popular reef & rainforest full day tours.

EXCELLENT VALUE!

- 5 Nights in a Studio
- Breakfast daily
- 5 Hours internet
- Evolution Outer Reef Cruise
- Daintree Rainforest Tour
- Crocodile River Cruise
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
FROM $831 Per Person
5 NIGHT PACKAGE
SAVE $636
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Hotel Cairns Getaway Package
The Cairns Getaway Package is an ideal option for those who simply want to escape for a short break to the beautiful tropical north.

4 NIGHT PACKAGE

- The Hotel Cairns
- Full Breakfast Daily
- Green Island Day trip
- Glass Bottom Boat or
- or Snorkel gear
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
FROM $483 Per Person
CAIRNS CITY
SAVE $319
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4 Night Tropical Indulgence
4 Night Tropical Indulgence offers a complete city experience with a 5 star sailing daytrip to Michaelmas Cay including bubbly, cheese & crackers on the way home.

FUN ESCAPE - GREAT LOCATION

- 4 Nights VIP Shangri-La
- Horizon Club Breakfast daily
- Sunset Drinks & canapes daily
- Complimentary refreshments
- Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay day
- Semi-Submarine Coral Viewing
- Wine, cheese & crackers on sail home
FROM $897 Per Adult
SAVE $886
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7 Night Vision Family Fun
Vision luxury apartments perfectly located on the Cairns Esplanade. Short stroll along boardwalk to famous Cairns Swimming Lagoon, Restaurants & Marina.

7 NIGHT FAMILY FUN

-Green Island Day Trip
-Snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat
-Kuranda Train & Skyrail
-Fully Equipped Gym
-Lap Pool
-Spa & Sauna
-BBQ Area
FROM $2353 Per Family
SAVE $781
2 Adults & 2 Children - 7 night stay - 2 bedroom apartment


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Cairns Tourism News

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The marine biologist conducted a fish feed at the northern end of Marine World to introduce some of the resident fish to all the guests. Our ever friendly maori wrasse-Wally delighted all with his antics of territorial behaviour, scattering the red bass, blue lined trevally and paddle tailed snappers away from the action.  Guests’ snorkelling were able to get up close and personal to the wild life as the marine biologist explained the ecology of different species.

The forecast for the next few days has improved greatly compared with the last couple of months.  Marine World, in only 90 mins from Cairns on our fast stable catamaran and its position tucked in behind the reef is the perfect refuge with spacious decks, no crowds, and a full 5 hours to relax or take advantage of the full range of activities available.

Water Temperature: 27C
Underwater Visibility: 15m

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS
As of: 4pm Today
Marine World: SE winds 15 knots
Low Isles: SE winds 10 knots
Green Island: SE winds 21 knots
Cairns Airport: SE winds 13 knots    
                   
3 DAY OUTLOOK

As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm
Thursday: SE winds 10-15 knots
Friday: SE winds 10-15 knots
Saturday: SE winds 10-15 knots

         


 

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Renowned for its fine dining, Orpheus Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef, is now offering canapé classes for guests. Executive chef, Lance Canning says the key to success is to limit each canapé to three ingredients - contrasting colours, textures and taste. Lance demonstrates three to four examples and then it’s time for the guests to create their own culinary delights. Think Crispy tamarind duck breast on an Asian pancake with snow peas, Roaring forties blue toasted walnut and apple wonton or Smoked salmon chevre and fried capper roulade.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

With the present conditions the most comfortable option when visiting the reef is to access it direct from Cairns, spending as little time as possible travelling. Reef Magic cruises to our stable Marine World pontoon in just 90 minutes where guests enjoy a spacious, stable base from which to explore the reef.

Highlights in the water today included Giant Maori Wrasse, Trevally, Schools of colourful Sweetlip, some Alligator Gar Fish and 3 Black Whalers on the Outer Reef wall. Even with the overcast conditions of late, the sun manages to shine through on the reef, keeping the water temperature at a very comfortable 26c.

The guided Marine Snorkel Tours continue to prove extremely popular…the afternoon tours head to the outer reef Wall of Moore Reef (complete with all sorts of flotation devices) and spend the next hour casually swimming back to Marine World with our Marine Biologist pointing out the wonders of the reef en route…there is no better way to see some of the most colourful and best preserved corals in the region and learn a little on the way!

Water Temperature: 26c
Underwater Visibility: 10m

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS
As of: 4pm Today:-
Marine World: SE winds 18 knots
Low Isles: SE winds 19 knots
Green Island: SE winds 23 knots
Cairns Airport: SE winds 16 knots    
                   
3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm
Sunday: SE winds 20-30knots
Monday: SE winds 20-30 knots
Tuesday: SE winds 20-25 knots

Friday, October 10, 2008

Guests were meet with superb conditions on the water toady at Marine World; 60klms due East of Cairns at the Moore Reef Site.  Activities on and under the water offered guests an exciting opportunity to spot some of the wondrous native marine life: Pencilled Surgeonfish, Half-circled Angelfish, Schooling Bannerfish, Black & Pineapple Sea cucumbers, Giant Clams & various Hard & Soft Corals.

Some Interesting Facts about Whale Sharks…
The whale shark is the biggest shark and the biggest fish. It is NOT a whale. It has a huge mouth which can be up to 4 feet (1.4 m) wide. Its mouth is at the very front of its head (not on the underside of the head like in most sharks). It has a wide, flat head, a rounded snout, small eyes, 5 very large gill slits, 2 dorsal fins (on its back) and 2 pectoral fins (on its sides). The spiracle (a vestigial first gill slit used for breathing when the shark is resting on the sea floor) is located just behind the shark's eye. Its tail has a top fin much larger than the lower fin.  The whale shark has distinctive light-yellow markings (random stripes and dots) on its very thick dark gray skin. Its skin is up to 4 inches (10 cm) thick. There are three prominent ridges running along each side of the shark's body.  This enormous shark is a filter feeder and sieves enormous amounts of plankton to eat through its gills as it swims.

Water Temperature: 26 C
Underwater Visibility: 25m

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS
As of: 4pm Today
Marine World: ESE winds 12 knots
Low Isles: SE winds 14 knots
Green Island: SE winds 19 knots
Cairns Airport: ESE winds 16 knots          
             
3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm

Friday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Saturday: SE winds 15-20 knots
Sunday: SE winds 15-20 knots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Fortunately, the weather gods are looking favourably upon us, producing beautiful conditions on the Outer Barrier Reef. Clean clear skies and wind between 10 to 15 knots, it doesn’t get much better. The fish surely seem to enjoy these conditions. Schools of Sweetlips, Damsels, Silver Bait fish, Yellow Tailed Fusiliers, Red Bass, Snapper and some Hump Headed Parrotfish were seen by snorkellers throughout the day. This large array of colourful marine life made snorkelling and diving conditions close to perfect. Certified divers along the outer wall were also lucky enough to sight LOADS of small colourful Nudibranches, turtles as well as some reef sharks.

The Semi-Submarine tours today show-cased much of the above mentioned marine life, including Reef Sharks and Barricuda. The tour also showed the large array of beautiful hard and soft corals to be found around Marine World, ensuring that guest’s that did not enter the water snorkelling got some great memories, photo opportunities and information about the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef.

Water Temperature: 26C
Underwater Visibility: 20m

CURRENT OBSERVATIONS
As of 4pm Today

Marine World: SE winds 10 knots
Low Isles: SE winds 12 knots
Green Island: SE winds 14 knots
Cairns Airport: SE winds 14 knots  
                     
3 DAY OUTLOOK
As per Bureau of Meteorology-Cooktown to Cardwell at 3pm

Monday: SE/NE winds 10-15 knots
Tuesday: SE/NE winds 10-15 knots
Wednesday: SE/NE winds 10-15 knots

Friday, October 03, 2008

Raging Thunder Adventures are pleased to announce the arrival of one of 2 new iconic Aussie Balloon Envelopes which have commenced flying over the Atherton Tablelands. The well known image of the Clown Fish is symbolic with the Great Barrier Reef and enhances Raging Thunder’s ongoing international and domestic marketing activities in promoting Cairns as the destination from which to explore the reef.

When inflated, the new B-400 envelope stands at 28.7 metres high (or 15 storys) and can carry up to 20 people and one Pilot per flight, making it one of the largest commercial Balloon’s available. As the premier envelope in Raging Thunder’s current fleet of 6, the Clown Fish will fly every day (excluding scheduled maintenance days) as the first flight of each day.

On completion of the Balloon flight, passengers are returned to the Mareeba Heritage Centre which is home to some fascinating displays on the history of the local region that passengers can explore at no additional cost. They also enjoy a delicious hot and cold champagne buffet breakfast, and get to participate in a unique Aussie Animal Experience which includes an educational presentation by well known animal handler, Mark Culleton, and the opportunity to handle a range of native animals such as a crocodile, wedge tailed eagle, python, owl and the endangered spotted quoll.

A competition to name the new Clown Fish Balloon will be announced soon, and a second Aussie icon Balloon Envelope will take to the skies shortly.

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3 night Green Island Getaway
3 Night Green Island Resort Package Premium 3 night stay on gorgeous tropical Coral Cay on Great Barrier Reef only 45 minutes from Cairns

Special includes:

-Return ferry transfers
-Full buffet breakfast daily
-Sunset drinks daily
-Glass bottom boat tour
-Evening nature walk
-Fish feeding
-Snorkel equipment
-Kayaks, beach volleyball etc..
Outer Reef Pontoon Cruise:
-Semi Sub coral viewing tour
-Underwater Observatory
FROM $873 Per Person
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Snorkel - Dive - Heli
Get High Up Top, Dive Down Under Truly memorable reef experience to outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkel-Dive-Heli

- 10 min scenic Heli flight
- 1x Certified or Intro Dive
- Glass Bottom Boat tour
- Snorkel gear
- Guided Snorkel tour
- Aussie BBQ Lunch
- 5 hours on the reef
- 2 different reef locations
- Glass of wine and cheese platter on return
- Live on-board entertainment on journey home
FROM $335 Per Adult

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Temp: 26.1 °C
Wind: 2 kt WSW
Humidity: 71%
Pressure: 1007.8 hpa
Rain: 14mm since 9am
Forecast: 26 - 37 °C (Mostly sunny)

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Ultimate Kuranda Day Out
BALLOON, TRAIN & SKYRAIL Magical flight in the world's largest commercial Hot Air Balloon followed by Skyrail, the world's longest gondola cableway, and journey back to Cairns on famous Kuranda Scenic Rail.

MOST POPULAR FULL DAY!

- Morning Hot Air Balloon
- Stunning landscape
- Kuranda Markets, Galleries, Cafe's
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
- Kuranda Scenic Railway
- All levies included
FROM $364 Per Adult

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Alamanda by Lancemore
Alamanda Resort & Spa The only absolute beachfront resort in Palm Cove - 5 Star Luxury - 5 Star Service - 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Suites

STAY 4 PAY 3

- FREE Wi-Fi
FROM $276 Per Night
SUMMER SPECIAL
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Seafood Buffet Dinner Cruise
Luxury Dinner Cruise 2.5 hour evening cruise soaking up glorious scenery of Cairns waterfront & Trinity Inlet

BUFFET WITH SEAFOOD

- Beverage on arrival
- Ultimate waterfront dining
- Entertainment
- Luxurious vessel
- Large outdoor decks
- Calm water evening cruise
FROM $95 Per Adult

Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat evenings
*Non-smoking vessel*
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The Beach Club Palm Cove
The Beach Club Palm Cove Captures the leisurely tropical lifestyle. Modern hotel rooms with spa, 1 & 2 bedroom fully equipped apartment within resort with 3 swimming pools.

BEACHFRONT RESORT

- STAY 7 PAY 5
- STAY 4 PAY 3
FROM $125 Per Night
LAP POOL, TENNIS COURT
FITNESS CENTRE
Book early for stays: 16th October - 24th December 2018 & 16th January - 23rd June 2019
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Cooktown 4WD Adventure
1 Day Cooktown 4WD Adventure Travel through the rugged terrain of the famous Bloomfield Track from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown

VISIT AUSTRALIA'S FIRST SETTLEMENT

- Cape Tribulation & Daintree
- The Rugged Bloomfield Track
- Lunch at an Aussie Bush Pub
- The Black Mountains
- 2 hours free time in Cooktown
FROM $329 Per Adult

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Tully Raft + Skydive
Tully Raft & Skydive Super thrills & spills 2 day combo!

Awesome combination: Australia's #1 Rafting full day & a 14,000 ft Skydive
FROM $499 Per Person
Adrenaline to the MAX!!
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*Includes all levies
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Reef Magic Cruises
Reef Magic Cruises Back due to popular demand!

Heli Special

- Full Day Marine World
- Outer Reef Cruise
- 10 Minute Heli flight
- Lunch
- Semi-Submarine
- Glass Bottom Boat
- 5 hours at Reef
- Morning & Afternoon Tea
FROM $341 Per Adult
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2 day Cape Trib & Rock Art
CAPE TRIB & ROCK ART !! Day 1-Daintree, Cape Tribulation & 4WD Bloomfield Track. Day 2-Chillagoe Caves, Aboriginal Rock Art & Granite Gorge.

2 Day Ultimate Tour Combo

- Custom built a/c 4WD
- Maximum 16 passengers
- Spectacular wildlife
- Outback experience
FROM $340
SAVE $70
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Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns Spacious and elegant rooms with private balconies, most with views over Marlin Marina, Trinity Inlet and park lands.

STAY 4 PAY 3

- Free Wi-Fi
- History & Character
- Newly appointed rooms
- Waterfront City location
FROM $159 Per Night
Save $199
UNBEATABLE! We've checked
*Based on 4 night stay in a Standard Room
*Black out dates apply
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The Hotel Cairns
The Hotel Cairns a tropical experience in traditional Queenslander style

STAY 4 PAY 3

- Free Internet
- Full breakfast daily
- Unique & Unbeatable offer!
- New Cardio Gym
FROM $134 Per Night
Full Breakfast daily
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