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Cairns Holiday Specialists Blog - Author: Melanie Blight

May 21
2015

An Unforgettable Day in the Village of Kuranda

Gold Class and spectacular views on the Kuranda Scenic Railway The comfortable and modern air-conditioned mini-bus collected Emilie (my colleague) and I from the Skyrail entrance and transferred us to the Freshwater train Station. ‘Les’ our International Coaches driver and guide was friendly and very helpful with answering our questions and providing us with a […]

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May 10
2015

The sheer beauty of a natural wonder of the world!

Ok, so I have been working in Far North Queensland tourism for a little over 7 years and lived within Cairns and its many attractive surrounds for over 18 years. Thank you to my much loved job and my admiration for the Great Barrier Reef I have had the privilege to explore the reef and […]

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Apr 26
2015

Sailing and Escaping – Ocean Free Great Barrier Reef

If you have come to the Great Barrier Reef looking for a small, personalised tour, then Ocean Free is the vessel for you. With a maximum of 25 passengers, your day will be relaxed and uncrowded as you sail the seas towards Green Island, bringing up memories of your favourite pirate movie! The beautiful Ocean […]

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Apr 16
2015

Tick the Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list!

If you only have one day to discover the Great Barrier Reef, then Quicksilver provides an experience you will never forget! Are you a diver? Snorkeller? Non-swimmer? Quicksilvers outer reef pontoon has everyone covered. Do you crave adventure? Or are you looking for a relaxed day? Quicksilver has you covered too! Starting in Port Douglas, […]

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Mar 16
2015

Tours with multi speaking languages daily

Down Under Tours and Tropical Horizons have been operating for more than 20 years and is Eco-tourism Australia accredited. Their day tours visit the most popular attractions in Far North Queensland, including the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail, Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforest and our Waterfalls and Paronella Park. Recently they added a multi-language GPS […]

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Feb 15
2015

40,000 year old dancing – Tjapukai

Tjapukai: A Real Fairytale of Culture, Music and History Tjapukai – People of the Rainforest, Bama (people) Tjapukai (Rainforest), Immerse yourself in the historical and fascinating culture of the Tjapukai tribe and discover the beauty of their rich culture. This 40 thousand year old culture is the world’s oldest living culture, made of storytelling, music […]

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Feb 05
2015

The cheapest Hot Air Ballooning in Australia

Hot Air Balloon Flights There is nothing quite like hot air ballooning. It is very much fanciful in the sense that you are drifting in a giant basket, airborne by a massive balloon topped with hot air and travelling with the wind 3000 feet above the ground.  It is no wonder Hot Air Ballooning is […]

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Dec 05
2014

Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest in one day with Big Cat Cruises

Turtles, stingrays, coral, tropical rainforest, waterfalls, gondolas, train rides and a coral cay all experienced in one day! Yep totally doable, just book a Combo #2 with Big Cat cruises like I did! Here’s what my day looked like; woke up to another warm sunny day in Cairns and made my way down to the […]

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Nov 29
2014

Babysitting on the Great Barrier Reef!

Only a short ferry ride from Cairns, the Frankland Islands are a beautiful tropical getaway, where people can enjoy pristine, turquoise and calm waters. The islands are completely uninhabited and there are many activities to do. These are available through Frankland islands Cruise and Dive, in order to get the most out of this beautiful […]

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Nov 20
2014

A magical and colourful Christmas on the Great Barrier Reef!

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a unique way to spend Christmas Day! It is going to be an awesome day on board one of the following vessels for Snorkelling, Scuba Diving and other activities experiencing the Great Barrier Reef. A lovely special Christmas menu is also offered to guests. Reef Magic From […]

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Oct 23
2014

Sex on the Reef 2014

It’s that time of the year again, coral spawning, the natural cycle of the Great Barrier Reef, during which, in warm and smooth water conditions, circular sperm bundles and eggs are released in the reef by coral polyps. This spectacular natural event is linked with the phases of the moon and it happens in late […]

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Oct 19
2014

Magic at Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef

In the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, world heritage site lays a magical place, Michaelmas Cay. A 350 metre long sand cay surrounded by corals and home to about 20 different species of seabirds which have chosen the cay as a favourite breeding area, making this place one of the most important natural seabird […]

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Oct 14
2014

Who wants to see Nemo and Turtles?

If you’re looking for a tour where you can get your scuba diving or snorkelling fix check out Poseidon; 3 reef sites in a day with around 5 hours of in-water fun on the Agincourt Reef System you’ll be happily water logged come home time. Both my partner Chris and I enjoy a scuba dive […]

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Sep 19
2014

The ultimate Sports Fishing experience! MARLIN SEASON IS HERE

Giant Black Marlin season has officially started and female Black Marlin have begun to move from the Pacific Ocean off to the coast of Cairns on a 250 kilometres stretch of the Great Barrier Reef. During the migration season Black Marlin are caught here, in the Great Barrier Reef, more than anywhere else in the […]

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Sep 11
2014

The undeniably fascinating Undara Lava Tubes

The Undara Experience and Lava Tubes is located 3 ½ hour drive south west of Cairns. The drive takes you through a host of different environments like tropical rainforest, fertile rolling hills of the Tablelands and outback scrub. Stops at Coffee Works and Skybury Coffee in Mareeba on our way there and back, made for […]

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Aug 31
2014

Let’s Talk Jellyfish – Great Barrier Reef

How great is it that Far North Queensland are the leaders in jellyfish research, implementing safety precautions, recording incidents, publicly explaining warning signs as a way to predict the presence of these marine creatures and supplying all the rock solid facts. We were the first to document and research these marine stingers and continue to […]

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Aug 20
2014

Canecutter’s Great Barrier Reef Marathon – Sunday NOV 9th 2014 – Port Douglas

  The Tropical North Queensland Town of Port Douglas is again the host of this ultimate runner’s event that attracts many athletes to the region since it took over in 2011. ‘Steve Moneghetti’ the face of Australian marathon running is once again competing in the full marathon attracting strong challengers from around the country to […]

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Aug 20
2014

Hot Air Ballooning Cairns

Breathtaking views, very romantic, and let us say, the best way to start your day! Getting up at 3.30am is never fun, however the magical sunrise and the picturesque scenery of the Atherton Tablelands will leave you breathless – this is most definitely worth getting out of bed for! Hot Air Ballooning is a must […]

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Jul 11
2014

Almost Humpback Whale Time in Cairns!

It’s nearly that time of year when stories from a day at the reef start including humpback whale sightings. The dwarf Minke whales have arrived already and are sharing the waters with some elated snorkelers and divers on the outer reefs, reports of close in-water encounters with these gentle creatures are flowing in. The humpback […]

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Jun 15
2014

Becoming a Certified Scuba Diver on the Great Barrier Reef

Getting your open water dive certificate will be one of the best things you’ll do in your life time, not only will you witness the many wonders of the underwater world, you will become part of a network of like-minded people who are up for adventure. As a dive master who has enjoyed a career […]

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