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Rusty’s Markets | Grafton Street, Cairns

  • Posted on January 22, 2016
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Rusty’s Markets | Grafton Street, Cairns From only half-a-dozen stalls in 1975, Rusty’s have grown into a bustling three-day event! Renown for its carnival atmosphere and colourful stallholders, over 180 stalls that feature exotic fruit, vegetables, flowers, fresh breads, dairy and 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…

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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 A Corpse Flower Cairns Botanic Gardens show off the rare Titan Arum, like the one that bloomed in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in Adelaide, attracting 100’s creating long queues of visitors.  The famously brief bloom only lasts just 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’ name of corpse, the very large bloom is truly amazing to see up close!   The unpleasant odour serves an important purpose ” It attracts carrion-eating beetle…

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Australia Day | Cairns

  • Posted on January 15, 2016
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Australia Day | Cairns Come and celebrate Australia Day Cairns Celebrations on the Esplanade with a FREE Concert with Emma Louise! Join in the fun of a relaxing atmosphere for Australia Day – Cairns and listen to the great line up of local talent and the ARIA award winner Emma Louise. Entry is FREE so just bring your blanket and picnic, pie & sauce or perhaps get there early and grab a Free BBQ spot. Your pool towel (for the Free Lagoon swim!), maybe a sun shade, slip slop slap.. Start:  2pm End:    7pm Disability access – YES Alcohol –…

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Green Tree Ants Cairns

  • Posted on October 22, 2015
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Green Tree Ants Cairns Green Tree Ants, sometimes called Weaver Ants, build balloon-shaped nests among the foliage of trees and shrubs. Groups of workers pull leaves close to each other and ‘weave’ them together with silk produced by the larvae. A Green Tree Ant colony may consist of many nests spread over several trees but there is only a single queen. Green Tree Ants occur across northern Australia from the Kimberly region in Western Australia to about Gladstone in Queensland. They are found in all forest types but do not occur in the highlands. Green Tree Ant workers are aggressive…

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Discover Cairns Half Day Tour

  • Posted on June 20, 2014
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After living 3 months in Cairns, I decided to finally fully discover my new hometown. There is no other way to find out more about Cairns then by going on the half-day Cairns Discovery Tour. The very informative, entertaining and comprehensive tour started in the very centre. To be more precise, at the reef fleet terminal to pick up the last passengers that just got off the boat. Yes, you can combine the city sightseeing tour with a morning on Green Island or at the Tjapukai Cultural Centre. After exploring the central district, the tour then takes in locations like…

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Babinda Kayak – Cairns

  • Posted on April 22, 2014
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A wonderful day in the tropics – Babinda Kayak “Coolest way to enjoy the river” This weekend we had a nice visit from one of our friends from home (Perth). What better way to enjoy what best end part of an afternoon than rowing down the Babinda creek? We finished up in the office for the day, picked up our trusted guard dog (Betty), and arrived at Garry’s property outside of Babinda just after 2pm. Now if you haven’t been kayaking before like the most us in this group (Betty being the most seasoned rower out of us all), it…

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