Area Code 07, US$1=$,May 26, 2000

S Fitzroy Island:
The closest Island to Cairns (45 mins) and a favourite destination for budget travelers who want to see the Great Barrier Reef on a budget, then party the night away. There are a number of packages to the island, whereby the cost depends on what activities you want to do. A simple boat transfer will cost only $30 leaving Cairns at 8.30am, 9.30,10.30,. & 15.45pm. On the island you can hire paddle skis ($10/per hour), Aqua Bikes ($10/hour) and catamarans ($20/hour). There are two types of accommodation, a
@simple budget minded option@Beach Bunkhouse -dr $28, s$95 or the more comfortable Beach Cabins s$220, d$110, t$85, q$72. I recommend the $82 deal which includes boat transfers, 2 nights accommodation in budget share room and the free use of resort facilities. If you want to learn how to dive a pretty reasonable $349 package is available that includes budget accommodation, boat transfers and an Open Water Course.
S Green Island:
A tiny but popular Island perfect for Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Transfers cost $40 departing Cairns 8.30am, 10.30am and 1.00pm making a nice day trip. A snorkeling excursion costs $15 or $10 for snorkeling hire. Book with Great Adventure outer reef and & Island cruises on T4044-9944,
S White Water Rafting:
The nearby Barron River is known as one of Australia
s best white water rivers. Many tour agents can take you to the river and guide you down it, but the agent with the best packages is Foaming Fury, Shop 7 107 Abbott Street Cairns. This firm has a great package that includes 2 hours of white water rafting, free accommodation pick-up and a meal included at a great Aussie pub , the Red Beret Hotel for $70.T4031-3460,
S Parachuting:
Considered the parachuting capital of Australia. Although it is not the cheapest option I it will probably be the highlight of any trip. For $199 you get training, a 25 minute plane flight over spectacular scenery then an 8000ft tandem drop. There is an additional charge for the jump to be videoed which is a must for bragging to people back home.
Call Pauls Parachuting at 79 Mc Leod Street, T4051-2626.
S Skyrail - Kuranda(Scenic Train):
A very popular tourist attraction is the Skyrail that goes to the Kuranda Markets high above the town of Cairns. From there, catch the scenic train that swerves around the topical rainforests. All this makes a great day trip and for $60 a reasonably priced one.
Cairns Wonderland Tours -T4033 6103

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