Cairns Landmarks

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Cairns Landmarks

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  • vickiebypass
    Stamford, CT249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Cairns Museum was great –one of these small local museums that do a very good job at telling their unique story. The top floor was all about the people who have settled and lived in Cairns from 1907 through now, and they told the stories via photos of a person and a vignette about what they did. Good blend of male/female, whites, aboriginal, Europeans and I thought it gave a good flavor of the town. The next floor was displays around themes like dressing, cooking, safety, home life, work, etc.. more photos and the tools that people used with explanations; the home life part was very interesting to see the rather primitive washing machines from the 1950s, the wooden screened cabinets with the four legs set into metal rings, filled with kerosene to keep the ants out. Very evocative section. The docent in the room was very informative and pleasant.

    They have a veranda on the second floor as part of the museum and originally when they told me oh, don’t miss the veranda, I thought “yeah, right – it’s a trillion degrees and you want me to sit outside” but when I saw the door I went outside. Well, I was 100% wrong.! There was a pleasant breeze, ceiling fans, white wicker furniture, and a very nice view over Main Street and the trees. I talked to the same docent later on and she explained that the key in Cairns is to get up high so that you get a breeze; and that’s why a lot of the houses (Queenslanders) are raised and have lots of windows to let the breezes come through. Okay, I was convinced. I would definitely recommend this museum if you want to learn about the history of the town.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Joanne
    Lake Mary, FL1,787 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    it is a very small island you can easily walk around in an hour. There are beautiful paths with lots of trees to keep you shaded. Do bring bug spray as I was eaten alive by mosquitos and ended up with big welts (even through t-shirts). They have a dive shop - I just got basic snorkeling equipment for AUD26 - the stinger suit is extra but there were no jelly fish I ran into. The beach area has so-so snorkeling - some fish and not much coral - you need to get the tour out to the reef. The swimming pool on the island was a bit lame, and the food was about $8 for a pre-packaged sandwich. There were tons of these little brown birds that begged for handouts - they were almost tame and rather amusing. On the island is a Marineland with a croc show that was a lot of fun.
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • Elspeth H
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I confess to loving stained glass windows, so this review is biased. But wow! It is worth seeing the Cathedral windows with a guide because there are all sorts of interesting bits of history associated with the creation of the windows and wonderful details that might be missed without a guide's direction.
    Written September 19, 2023
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  • Andi Mcdowell
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I can see why the reviews are glowing. We had a couples 90 min massage and it was one of the best massages I’ve had, and at a reasonable price.
    Written January 15, 2024
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  • Saminda E
    Grafton, Australia164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I write this review with a divided opinion.

    I love the idea of the rock stacks and the unique experience to see so many rock stacks in the one area thinking of the joy that each person has had to do this with their loved ones, adding to the many stacks already there.

    But on the same hand, I understand this isn't natural and can be disrupting to the ecosystem and animals that inhabit the area.

    When we visited it was about 9:00 in the morning and there were rock stacks everywhere. It wasn't easy to find a rock on that beach that wasn't already in a stack. Yes we made our own stack and we respected everyone else's stack already set-up.

    When we drove past that afternoon on our way back from our day trip, every single rock stack was knocked over which really upset our kids, they couldn't believe that people would destroy things people enjoyed creating but when we explained why they understood.

    Building a rock stack isn't really any different to building a sand castle, but it's the extent of it. This part of the coast is lined with beach similar to this and the rock stacks are a tiny area overall but if it's affecting the ecosystem it shouldn't be done.

    The access to the beach that the rock stacks is on (The Gatz Balancing Rocks) has limited parking and depends on how other vehicles are parked as to what room is there.

    Everyone will have their own opinions on this, just about everywhere you travel now you'll see a rock stack and one or two are fine, it's when the whole landscape becomes one that it's an issue for the environment.

    I won't be surprised that eventually there will be a sign in place restricting people from doing this. I'm just appreciative of the fact that we got to see it in it's full glory.
    Written October 15, 2022
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  • MikeFo
    Brighton, UK1,098 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The station for the Kurunda railway is the usual starting point. It is old, charming, some limited catering and a souvenir shop. Probably not a place you'd go to unless you are taking the railway.
    Written November 26, 2023
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  • duncrich
    Brisbane, Australia33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very informative display board with a history of the place, in the context of the old town, with a list of names and quotes from the newspaper attacking the person who chose that site. It's now a peaceful place between suburban housing and commercial properties.
    Written September 15, 2022
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  • Trip In A Van
    New South Wales, Australia177 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing part of Oz. Remote areas with some beautiful scenery. Bumpy corrugations, limited supplies and expensive fuel. But well worth it. Lorella Springs was amazing!
    Written November 25, 2018
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  • Robyn H
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved everything. People, food, swimming, relaxing. No dressing up, just a total relaxing holiday. Very efficient service all the way.
    Written March 7, 2017
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  • Meander696178
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is such a beautiful brilliant experience. Lawrence that runs it is really welcoming and friendly amd truly cares fir animals. I planned this for my partner who suffers from severe anxiety and has Autism as he's really responsive to animals and this experience absolutely made his day. I would highly recommend it to families, friends, couples or individuals as it's definitely a magical experience for anyone at any age!
    Written July 21, 2022
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  • margaretannmay
    Cairns, Australia38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can’t recommend more highly. Excellent customer service, excellent pricing, certificate of authenticity & excellent quality. Their aim is to please the customer & they certainly did that for us. Thank you
    Written January 17, 2019
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  • RJAdams2018
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited for the CIGRE Symposium 2023 - excellent facilities and friendly staff and Cairns itself a a beautiful place to visit.
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • simply-peregrinating
    Waddington, UK2,758 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We drove along the highway as far as the Daintree River which took about 90 minutes from Cairns without stopping. The scenery was good all the way, not just of the coastline but also inland too, once the towns had been cleared. We went to see the ferry crossing on the Daintree river, before a trip along the river. We took our time on the return journey stopping at Wonga to see some birds, Port Douglas and Palm Cove. We also stopped at any lookout points on our return, there aren't many places to stop safely so when it was ok we always stopped to take in the views and have a break. By not stopping on the way up we knew what to expect on our return and where to stop.
    Written October 13, 2020
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  • STEPHEN N
    Cairns, Australia23,723 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First drive up to Campbells Lookout on Thursady afternoon 01/04/21, beautiful scenic views towards Cairns & definatly worth a visit & next time will continue on to visit the Dam area.
    Written April 12, 2021
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  • Where to next?!
    Port Vila, Vanuatu366 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are so manly bits of history placed around for you to stop and see.
    This is an impressive anchor taken from the 1876 landing.
    Written March 26, 2019
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