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Munro Martin Parklands

  • Posted on August 4, 2017
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Only 12 months old, the Munro Martin Parklands (MMP) is Cairns’ newest community green space complete with an outdoor performance area. The Parklands are tastefully landscaped with tropical plantings, vine covered pergolas and arbours and an open-air plaza. The venue is also equipped to host a wide range of shows and since its opening in August 2016 performances have ranged from Queensland Opera’s Barber of Seville, to the new circus of Circa, Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir and the contemporary music of Passenger. Munro Martin Parklands is open to the public from 6am to 8.30pm, seven days a week…

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Rusty’s Markets

  • Posted on January 22, 2016
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Rusty’s Markets From only half-a-dozen stalls in 1975, Rusty’s have grown into a bustling three-day event! Renowned for its carnival atmosphere and colourful stallholders, with over 180 stalls that feature exotic fruit, vegetables, flowers, fresh breads, dairy, seafood, clothing, jewellery, coffee….. and so much much much more! Rusty’s Markets are located 57-89 Grafton Street, next door to Gilligan’s Backpacker Hotel.  You can also access Rusty’s Markets via Sheridan Street.  It is a lazy 10-12 minute walk from Getaway Cairns Self Catering Holiday Apartments. Rusty’s Markets | Grafton Street, Cairns OPENING TIMES Friday — 5am to 6pm Saturday — 5am to…

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Pineapple | Far North Queensland

  • Posted on January 22, 2016
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Pineapple | Far North Queensland The humble pineapple is grown in Far North Queensland in abundance! Who doesn’t love the taste of pineapples? They’re definitely one of the most unusual looking tropical fruits, but what facts do you know about them? Originally, ‘pineapple‘ was a name used for pine cones, the first recorded mention of the word dates back to 1398. When this tropical fruit was discovered in America, the Europeans named them pineapples because of the resemblance to what we now known as pine cones. A pineapple is not an apple, or pine. It’s actually a berry! In Spanish,…

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Corpse Flower | Cairns Botanical Gardens

  • Posted on January 22, 2016
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Corpse Flower | Cairns Botanical Gardens The Corpse Flower at Cairns Botanic Gardens show off the rare Titan Arum, like the one that bloomed in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in Adelaide. The brief showing attracting hundreds of people and creates long queues of visitors.  The famous brief bloom only lasts 24 hours. The rainforest flower, listed as endangered, is on the verge of unfurling at Cairns Botanic Gardens. While the fragrance can be foul and smelling like something dead, hence the name corpse, the large bloom is truly amazing to see up close!  The unpleasant odour serves an important purpose…

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