Cairns in one paragraph reviews
Every single place we went in Cairns
A short and condensed ride through our short and condensed trip! This was our itinerary for when we visited Cairns earlier provided for my readers’ inspiration and learning. I know what you’re thinking, this is meant to be Hidden Japan, not Hidden Cairns- but I thought it was too exciting a destination not to share. As it’s not a Japan-centric post, this is a bonus article for premium subscribers.
This is a late supplement to my earlier Japanese Enclaves: Cairns post, and I hope is useful for readers to have a better sense of how we structured our holiday (and for any would-be Cairns-goers).
I’ve kept my Day One reviews open so that everyone can have a read of the style of the piece and if interested, I would very welcome your upgrade!
Day One: Arrival
Airport Ave, Cairns City QLD 4870
Pretty great for a regional airport. We didn’t have any trouble getting in or out and adequate seating everywhere. Also WIFI was fast!
411 Sheridan St, Cairns North QLD 4870
Was very quick at picking us up from right outside the airport. Our car was brand new and we brought it back in one piece. Both parties were happy!
55-65 Poolwood Rd, Kewarra Beach QLD 4879
One of our favourite dining spots. This is set within an English learning college where students cook for the canteen. It’s open to the public for dining and it’s all you can eat! They rotate meals every day, but have staples of authentic Japanese curry and pesto pasta. Highly recommend if you’re in need of a quick feed after a long flight!
MJ1 Captain Cook Hwy &, Kennedy Hwy, Smithfield QLD 4878
Our resort had some cooking facilities so we decided to stock up on breakfast options. This isn’t the reason I’m reviewing a generic supermarket chain and their carpark. I really just want to share the murderers row of birds we encountered. In our whole trip, I don’t think we saw as much concentrated wildlife as we did parking for groceries.
1 Veivers Rd, Palm Cove QLD 4879
For the duration of our trip, we stayed in the resort town of Palm Cove. This is a beautiful location perched next to the beach (which you can’t swim in). Reason being for half the year the tropical waters are home to box jellyfish (irukanji) that are fatal and invisible. A great reason to lounge by the various pools that Alamanda provide. Honestly, we loved staying here and would highly recommend if looking for a relaxed beach stay.
Captain Cook Hwy, Cairns North QLD 4870
I think we drove this highway everyday we were here. The scenery is spectacular as it hugs the coast. In case you were wondering, we didn’t run into any traffic so this might be the perfect road.
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