The Spirit of Freedom liveaboard dive cruise ship offers three day excursions out of Cairns, Queensland, to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The return to Cairns is by small airplane, thus conveniently offering more time at the reef.
Based on a impressions from Google Streetview we were expecting a few small huts in Cairns – instead we were completely blown away when visiting the popular and nicely made esplanade, the Bellavista Marina and stylish restaurants and bars.
‘The Hotel’ in Cairns’ city centre serves as good base for day trips to the rainforest or the Great Barrier Reef.
The Silky Oaks Lodge in Mossman near Cairns offers a luxurious and secluded stay in Queensland’s wet rainforest.
Out of a first-time, one-month trip to Australia we spent two days in vibrant Brisbane. Gaging from the ubiquos condo building activitiy, countless luxury car dealerships and the general price level Brisbane must be a boomtown!