Cairns and Northern Beaches, Australia
This 2 day package was ideal for our short stay in Cairns.
Day 1. Barrier Reef - Excellent organisation, the staff were friendly and helpful especially Kylie Davies from the Cruise service desk. My daughter and I got our days mixed up, so, on this day we were dressed for the Rainforest, she quickly made arrangements for us to be taken back to our hotel to change into our beach wear. Thanks to Kylie we were able to fulfil our main reason for the trip - to snorkel in the reef and face our fears of the sea. Everything about the day was brilliant, could have done with at least one more hour on the Island.
Day 2. Kuranda, Rainforest – Be prepared for a very full day, also note this package does not include lunch – therefore either purchase something in the short time you have in Kuranda market or take a picnic and eat it in the tranquil Tropical Fruit Orchard of the Rain Forest Station. The train ride up to Kuranda and Skyrail down to Cairns was brilliant and the vista is breathtaking. The rainforest tour guide was very informative; my favourite plant was Hairy Mary. The Zoo keeper was also knowledgeable about the Wildlife. After the Panagirri Aboriginal dancer’s performance, make sure you have a go at the boomerang throwing.
One suggestion I would make to the tour company is for each of the tours to be extended by 1 hour so that there is a little more time on the Green Island and in Kuranda Market.
Ayers Rock, Australia
Although the sunrise was hidden by a very overcast sky and we did not get to see the famous colour changes, the walk around the base was very refreshing and exhilarating, the landscape and Uluru was fascinating. Due to the recent heavy rain, the landscape surrounding Uluru instead of being the barren red earth (which we see in most picture of Uluru) was surprisingly lash green with vegetation.
Be warned this is a 5 hour walk, therefore pray you have a strong bladder or be prepared to go behind a bush, as the only toilet facility is near the end of the walk. Plus do not forget to take a hat and face net to keep the flies off your face. Also try not to do this walk just before flying – if you have no choice then make arrangements with your hotel to some kind of washing and changing facilities– take my word, you will need it.
Ayers Rock, Australia
Is a must do - a candle lit dinner in the desert, under a starry sky, with the mystical Uluru on one side and the fascinating Olga’s in the distance on the other side. As the sun set down over Uluru we were served Kangaroo, Emu and Crocodile canapés with champagne drinks. The main meal was very good and there was plenty of it plus the wine was free flowing. To add to the enjoyment of the evening we had the pleasure of sharing a table with a group other like minded fellow travellers. Everyone had fantastic evening that no one wanted it to end. It was worth every cent.
(A mother and young adult daughter travelling together - can you imagine how more enjoyable it would be for a couple).