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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


- FREE Wi-Fi
FROM $276 Per Night
*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.


- Bottle of Sparkling
- Brigadiers Punch at Twilight
- Wi-Fi and DVD library
- Late 1pm check out
FROM $169 Per Night
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
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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.


- 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
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.


- The Hotel Cairns
- Full Breakfast Daily
- Green Island Day trip
- Glass Bottom Boat or
- or Snorkel gear
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
FROM $483 Per Person
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.


- 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.


-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

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Management - New Menu - New Rates

The Green Season is upon us! New Managers, Andrew and Alicia, have already been welcomed to the team, and now they want to welcome you with these amazing Green Season Saver Rates!


Ensuite Railway Carriages
Was $170 (2a) GREEN SEASON SAVER $95 per room per night

Family Railway Carriages
Was $226 (2a2c) GREEN SEASON SAVER $150 per night

Twin & Single Railway Carriages
Was $75.00 per person GREEN SEASON SAVER $80 per night

Wilderness Lodge
Was $105 per night (3 pax max) GREEN SEASON SAVER $80 per night

Two Person Swag Tent
Was $50 per night GREEN SEASON SAVER $45 per night

Four Person Swag Tent
Was $90 per night GREEN SEASON SAVER $85 per night

Un-powered Camp Site
Was $10 per person GREEN SEASON SAVER $20.00 per site (max of 5 person)

Mother Nature saves her best for this time of the year. Plants begin their yearly newal, the macropods abound with new grasses shooting thru the hard packed earth and one of the most spectacular shows around is in full swing.

The Wildlife at Sunset tour takes it all in. Unbelievable sunsets with a glass of bubbles then it’s off to Barkers Cave to see the nightly migration of microbats emerge to feed. But they are not the olny ones with food on their minds. Waiting in the trees are the Night Tigers or Brown Tree Snakes, harmless to us, these preditors strike out for dinner in a show that’s all natural and just out of a documentary. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

Green Season Special Package:

  • 2 unique and exciting tours - Wildlife at Sunset and Archway Explorer
  • Overnight accommodation in turn of the century Rail Carriage,
  • AND a 3-course Dinner in Fettlers Iron Pot Bistro,

ONLY $150.00pp, and kids half price - this package represents a saving of over 30% off normal rate!

Valid only until end of Feb 2009

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Quicksilver's fun kids club is back for the school holidays!

Along with fun and games to play, there's the fantastic Squid Squad Activity Book with the characters of "Billy the Squid" and his underwater friends, "Scuba Boy" and "Sandy the Mermaid" designed to entertain and educate junior reef visitors.

So while the kids are in the "Squad" mum and dad can enjoy some guilt-free time to snorkel or dive, lunch together and relax on the sundeck or even take a scenic helicopter flight.

And don't forget we have Family Fares available - one child's cruise fare is free!

Squid Squad Info...

  • Cost per session
    $20 per child
    Family: $35 for 2 children
    and $15 per additional child
  • Each child participating receives a FREE Squid Squad activity book
  • 2 x 60 minute sessions each day
    Session 1: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Session 2: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • For children aged 5-12 years
  • Supervised by a dedicated Quicksilver crew member with Blue Card requirement
  • Only available on Quicksilver's Outer Reef Cruise
    Operating 13th December 2008 - 26th January 2009

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why not try something different this year for your New Year's Eve Celebration? Come and experience Tjapukai by Night with some added extras.........

Tjapukai by Night New Years Eve Dinner

Where: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns QLD Australia
When: Wednesday 31/12/08.

Meet in the Gecko Courtyard from 7.00pm for photos, face painting and a pre-dinner drink. The show commences at 7.30pm. The evening concludes at 9.30pm.

- A welcome drink on arrival (standard beer, wine or soft drink)
- A traditional Kup-Murri and international buffet dinner.
- Two drinks with dinner (standard beer, wine or soft drink)
- A souvenir photo with Tjapukai performers in traditional dress (one per couple)
- A message stone - a painted stone for good luck and to safeguard against evil spirits
- Fireworks Display

Cost: Adults $115.00 Children $61.50 (5-14yrs) Family $291.50 (2 adults & 2 children)

Optional Transfers: Return transfers ex Cairns/Northern Beaches: Adults $19.00 Children $9.50 Family $57.00

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Only a handful of luxury accommodation experiences in Australia have carefully crafted their natural balance to a level that deserves the ‘Advanced Eco Tourism’ certification. Thala Beach Lodge in tropical North Queensland is now one of them. It has achieved the highest available level in the International Ecotourism Accreditation Program.

Thala has taken great pains to tread lightly on its surrounding habitats, forests and beach frontage near Port Douglas. The private beach is untouched and Thala’s magnificent 145 acre peninsular has six different habitats concentrated into this small area.

Ancient littoral rainforest, casuarinas and mangroves lap the beach, while dry eucalypt woodland, gallery forest and coconuts occupy the higher ground and inland creeks. Each habitat attracts its own unique species of flora and fauna, and Thala rests in between. Wildlife populations from birds to lizards to native wallabies have flourished in abundance.

The extensive accreditation process Thala has gone through covers everything from responsible marketing and blanket environmental sustainability through to education, working with local tribes who visit the site, and beyond.

Thala Beach Lodge employs wildlife specialists who are on hand to guide and amaze guests in the forests, beaches and rocky headland. This is done in a personalised, quiet and unregimented fashion. Guests can enjoy the thrill of making their very own discoveries. They might see rare Snub-finned Dolphins, followed soon afterwards by a resident Osprey diving for fish to feed her chicks. Then, when delicately treading along sandy paths through the magnificent rainforest, encounter many species of tropical birds and butterflies.

Visits from Elders of the Kuku-Yalanji Tribe bring the spirit of Thala to life…’ Thala invites the elders of the KuKu – Yalanji community to take guests through the journey of their culture. From healing plants to bush food the elders bring in leaves and seeds for guests to handle, learn their history and relevant importance to their community.

Thala provides the perfect location for a romantic and very special getaway to view further details on this luxury haven please click here

Friday, December 12, 2008

The North Johnstone 4 Day Expedition is the Ultimate Rafting Adventure...

The North Johnstone is a steep, natural flow river that carves its way through a spectacular volcanic gorge. Limited frequency of departures, restricted group sizes and stringent National Park permits ensure that the North Johnstone River and surrounding ancient rainforests are preserved for all time, enabling rafters a rare glimpse of a very precious and untouched part of North Queensland's World Heritage Rainforests.

The 4 Day Expedition is rated in the Top 10 wilderness adventures in the world, and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

From the exhilarating helicopter in, through 4 days of gigantic Grade 5 rapids, breathtaking scenery and unforgettable companions, to the serenity of camping 3 nights under the stars in riverside rainforest clearings, you'll never experience anything like it!!!


Restricted places available

2009 Departure Dates:
Jan 24th - 27th
Feb 21th - 24th
April 4th - 7th

May 2nd - 5th
June 6th - 9th
July 4th - 7th

Please click here for further details on this exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Cairns Colonial Club Resort offers an unprecedented level of comfort and technology with the completion of its $4 million renovation.
The Resort's General Manager Peter Blackburn said the refurbishment of 147 resort rooms and 50 studio rooms included new paintwork, carpet, beds, linen, art, air-conditioning, furniture, lighting, 32" LCD televisions, a new telephone system and window treatments.
"We are thrilled with the results which have exceeded our expectations to deliver rooms that are not just refreshed, but feature a totally new look and feel," he said. 
"The added space and feel of the studio room means longer-staying guests can call it their home away from home with kitchenette facilities, 32" LCD screens, new bedding and ideal space for couples and families alike."
The Cairns Colonial Club Resort's extensive upgrade program began a year ago and was done in a strategic and sympathetic manner to prevent any discomfort or inconvenience to guests. 
The $4 million upgrade included updating the recreation facilities and restaurants.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Great Adventures is pleased to advise of a great new activity available for guests to enjoy while on Green Island. Guided glass bottom kayak tours are now available for day guests from the Beach Hire hut. For Green Island Resort houseguests, the resort activities officer will be leading guided sunset tours.

This eco-based activity will be conducted to suit beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

45 minute Guided Tour: $39 pp.
1 1/2 hour Sunset Tour for houseguests: $49 pp.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

In recognition for its climate change initiatives, Cairns reef operator, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises has received the highest level of certification under Eco Tourism Australia’s inaugural Climate Action Certification Program.

In a first among Great Barrier Reef cruise operators, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises has not only implemented numerous emission reduction actions, but has elected to make its business totally Carbon Neutral by offsetting remaining emissions.

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises is an award-winning reef cruise operator that was purchased by its owner-operators in 1990, the Wallace Family.  The company operates half and full day cruises to Green Island.

In making this announcement today, General Manager, Kim Thomas said “We are very excited to have achieved carbon neutral status. We understand our actions alone are not going to save the world from climate change.  As a company, we are committed to reducing emissions because it makes very good sense for the environment and our business.

“As far we are aware, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises is the first major Great Barrier Reef Marine Park tourism operator to achieve carbon neutral status. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has co-sponsored this certification program and their Climate Change Group has been very supportive throughout the process,” said Mr Thomas.

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises achieved carbon neutral status by offsetting emissions through Greenfleet Australia; who in turn plant native trees within Australia as part of its Federal Government certified offsetting program.

“We are currently working with Greenfleet to organise tree planting within our local GBR water catchment area in an attempt to directly improve the water quality of Far North Queensland reefs. This will improve the resilience of these reefs to climate change impacts,” said Mr Thomas.

Although Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises will fund all offsetting costs passengers too will be invited to offset their own carbon footprint at cruise check-in.

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises was also recently certified under the Federal Government’s climate change initiative, the Greenhouse Challenge Plus.

“This program includes a formal agreement in which the company commits to ongoing emission reductions and annual emission and system audits,” concluded Mr Thomas.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours crowned an amazing year by winning the Queensland Tourism Award for Tourist Attractions at the 2008 awards held at the Brisbane Exhibition & Conference Centre on Friday 14th November. The award, which was open to attractions of state or territory importance which significantly contribute to the tourism experience within their region, saw a wide variety of attractions named as finalists in a fiercely competitive category. Sheena Walshaw, General Manager of Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, said “We’re overwhelmed to have won the award in such an impressive field, and we’re especially delighted to be recognized for our contribution to attracting visitors to the Daintree, which we’re passionate about.”

Jungle Surfing has been operating for five years, has taken over 50,000 people flying from tree to tree through the rainforest on flying fox ziplines, and this year opened a new harnessing centre and doubled tour departures to eight tours a day. “Jungle Surfing’s a tour with something for everyone and I think that’s the secret of our success.” said Ms Walshaw. “It’s a combination of exhilaration and education, eco-experience and adventure tour, and anyone from three to 103 can give it a go. It’s a real thrill sharing this spectacular rainforest in such a novel way, and everyone goes away with a smile on their face.”

The eight finalists in the Tourist Attractions category were Capricorn Caves, Outback at Isa, The Workshops Rail Museum, Undara Experience, Reef HQ Aquarium, Fantasea Adventure Cruising – Reefworld, The Station Store & Sunshine Castle. Jungle Surfing was also named as a finalist in the Steve Irwin Ecotourism and the Adventure Tourism categories.

Jungle Surfing’s other successes this year include winning two Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards for Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism, and being named a finalist in the 2008 Telstra Business Awards.

Jungle Surfing will now go on to represent Queensland at the Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne in early 2009.

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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
SAVE $855
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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.


- 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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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.


- 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


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

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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


- 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.


- STAY 7 PAY 5
- STAY 4 PAY 3
FROM $125 Per Night
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


- 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!!
Save $64
*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
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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.


- 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


- Free Internet
- Full breakfast daily
- Unique & Unbeatable offer!
- New Cardio Gym
FROM $134 Per Night
Full Breakfast daily
*Based on 4 night stay
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