White Water Rafting in Far North QLD

31/03/18 – Cailen Mulligan

 So you sailed out to the Great Barrier Reef, rode the train up to Kuranda, and now you have a free day in Cairns. Looking for something to do? Consider checking out the incredible white water of North Queensland. No previous rafting experience necessary; all you need is a set of swimmers and an understanding you are about to get wet.

Cairns is fortunate to have two world class rivers only a short bus ride away. The area is one of very few on the planet with enough rainfall to keep rafts afloat year round with the highest water levels occurring during the wet season between December and April. Rivers here are classified using a scale from I-VI, I being slow moving water with the occasional wave and VI being something along the lines of Niagara Falls. White water in the area is between class II and IV.

The Barron River

Those looking for excitement, but not too much excitement, this is the trip for you. This is a half day trip fantastic for those on a tight schedule as well. The Barron is a class III river with enough rapids to delight even experienced paddlers, ending in a serene float across Lake Placid through the beautiful rain forest.

The Tully River

Known in paddling communities across the globe as one of the ultimate stretches of white water in the world. At class IV the adrenaline will be flowing in even the most seasoned thrill seekers, but don’t worry, beginners are welcome also. Around the half way mark, rafts pull over for a delicious BBQ lunch in the shade. Conquerors of this river will have experienced the best rafting on the continent including incredible rainforest views, stunning waterfalls, and a cliff jump if you are up for it.

If either of these sound like the trip for you, swing by reception to book your white water adventure!

5 of the Best Coffee hubs in Cairns

13/03/2018 – Sophia Roche

Coffee is a necessity while on holiday. Wait. Scrap that – coffee is a necessity every day!

We know the disappointing feeling of not finding the perfect coffee while on holiday, so we’ll let you know the sweet spots for getting your morning fix.  

Here’s a list of the best coffee shops in Cairns to keep you sane during your much-needed break.

5/72-74 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870
It’s got vibe, excellent coffee, delicious food (sourced locally), local art hanging on their walls and warm and friendly service. What more could you want?

Barista Sista
Rusty's Markets Sheridan St, Cairns City QLD 4870
Open Friday to Sunday, Barista Sista’s can be found at Rusty’s Market. Don’t let their wagon stand fool you – these’ Sista’s seriously make some of the best coffee in Cairns. Double shots are standard, triple shots? That’s easy done too.

Paradiso Cafe
96 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870
Deliciously brewed organic coffee sourced from Byron Bay (that’s Aussie for quality). This perfect little spot is great for a quick coffee or lunch at the Centre of Contemporary Arts.

Silk Caffe
Sheridan St, Cairns City QLD 4870
This elegant corner café is where the locals, and busy professionals go. It’s set up like an Italian espresso bar where you can get quick and friendly service, nice breakfast, lunch and snack options, but most importantly – amazing coffee!

Cruze Coffee 
105 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870
Truly a coffee lover’s love affair. From over 25 different coffee beans to choose from, these beans are grounded fresh and made to your preference. “A coffee you can’t refuse” is this business’ motto, and they’re strictly about coffee.