It is tropical, meaning that it isn’t as dry as the rest of Australia. You can get away without putting on the lipsmackers for a day or two and not moisturizing for about a week :p I arrived toward the end of winter and left just at the start of summer. The locals I’ve met says it’s the best time, and I agree!
|The Lagoon, Esplanade, Cairns City|
It’s the home to the Great Barrier Reef. Be prepared for lotsa’ swimming, snorkeling and diving. To me, that’s really what Cairns is about. Though you’ll need to book with dive companies to bring you out to the reefs. You can get deals from AU$200 for a snorkel package and if you choose to dive, it ranges from AU$45 – AU$75 per dive. Generally there’re 3 sites that you’ll visit and you can choose do either snorkel; which you’ve already paid for; or dive which you’ll have to pay on top of the snorkel fee. Makes sense? I was a little confused at first so just remember, you’ll pay for every dive you choose to do on top of the basic fee.
|On the Passions of Paradise Catamaran|
My first dive was with Passions of Paradise. They brought us to two locations, Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef which i’ll write a separate post on soon.
|The Jetty at Palm Cove|
There’s also the Palm Cove Reef Fest if you visit during October. The street is filled with make shift stalls featuring food from restaurants and bars at more affordable prices. Plus there’re music performances along the whole street which adds to the ambiance.
|Food fest at Palm Cove|
|Josephine Falls After the Rain|
AJ Hacket Bungee and Minjin swing is located next to JCU so if you feel the need to put yourself through stresses like that, then go ahead.