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Petit Cafe | Kuranda #

The Best Crepes in Kuranda!!!

At Petit Cafe, they specialise in Traditional French Crepes, pastries and carefully selected blends of local coffee.  Their menu offers an extensive range of sweet and savoury crepes, all of which are delicious and prepared using local produce where possible. 

Petit Cafe is best to visit whilst doing a day tour on Kuranda Sce... Read More

2019 Cairns Ironman Triathlon #

The Cairns Ironman is getting bigger and bigger every year.  If your passion is in fitness, triathlons and pushing your boundaries, this event is one not to miss. 

Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by the coral sea and rainforest as they're pounding the pavement in one of the biggest mental games in their life? It has to help, right?

The 2019 Cairns Ironman registration... Read More

Davies Creek #

Davies Creek Falls, a magnificent waterfall cascading over huge granite boulders; pleasant camping spots and purpose-built mountain bike tracks are features of these national parks.  You can swim in crystal clear waters, or if you feel like an adventure you can walk 2km up the creek to the Davies Creek Falls.  This is an impressive waterfall out of the many we have here in Far North Queensland,... Read More

1 Day Chillagoe & Outback Tour #


Board a custom built 4WD vehicle and travel through the outback wetland areas viewing Wallabies, Emus and other widlife.

You will have a chance to see, Paw Paw, Lychiee, Longen, Mangoes plantations, just to name a few on your journey to cross over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed entering the Australian Outback.

Chillagoe Smelters & Fa... Read More

True Thai | Cairns | Causal Dining #

True Thai | Cairns | Causal Dining

Shop 11 
Cairns Civic Shopping Centre ( opposite Munro Martin Park)

One of best parts of going on holiday is finding a little gem of a place to eat good food.

True Thai is a little Dine In or Take away Cuisine with a short walk from Getaway on Grafton, just opposite Munro Martin Park.

If you love Thai Food, you... Read More

15 Fun Facts about Mangoes #

Mad About Mangoes - 15 Fun Facts!

1  First grown in India over 5,000 years ago

2  In India, it’s a symbol of love and some believe that they can even grant wishes

3  The paisley pattern often used in textiles is based on the shape of the mango

4  The word mango is thought to have derived from the Tamil word mangkay or man-gay

5  Que... Read More

Josephine Falls - South Of Cairns #

Josephine Falls -  74 km from Cairns

Looking for the perfect place to dip in and cool off? Josephine Falls is the perfect place for you! With beautiful crystal-clear waters and a series of swimming holes and rock slides, it’s the perfect day out. Josephine Falls is located 75km South of Cairns and only a 600m walk to the bott... Read More

C'est Bon | French Dining | Cairns #

C'est Bon | French Dining | Cairns

20 Lake Street,  Cairns City QLD 4870

C’est Bon is Cairns’ only truly French restaurant, offering traditional French cuisine. C’est Bon uses fresh local produce giving it the true flavours of France in a North Queensland style.

It is authentically, classically French, yet affordable, with smart casu... Read More


Being a born and raised in Cairns I don’t often play the tourist role, but when being given the chance to experience Raging Thunder’s canyoning tour this was an offer I could not turn down.
If you are adventurous, brave, somewhat fit, love the outdoors and isn’t afraid of heights,  then this is the tour for you!
We started our day early to beat the tropical heat, being ... Read More



Cairns locally owned & operated

What a better time of the year to test out white water rafting than during a FNQ  Wet Season!
Foaming Fury offer a half-day fun filled 2 hours of rafting in grade 3 & 2 rapids every afternoon.

With only 20 minutes from Cairns ( pick up or self drive) it is a great way to fil... Read More

Aqua Zumba at the cairns Lagoon | Cairns Free Activities #

The Cairns Regional Council provide a number of Free Activities throughout the city and along the Esplanade to suit members of the whole family.  One of these free activities is ‘Aqua Zumba’.  Classes are held at the Cairns Lagoon at 5.30pm-6.30pm on Wednesdays (until further notice from the Council). Zumba is well known for its high energy and free spirit vibe, and this transfers e... Read More

Pick up a Sourvenir | Cairns #

Best Places to Pick up a Souvenir in Cairns

One of best parts of going on holiday is picking out a souvenir to remember the wonderful experiences you had with your family while on holiday. Cairns has many different places for you to pick up something big or small, and all of them have you covered.

The Night Market (Every Night - 4pm - 10pm)

The Night Market is located in ... Read More

WIN - A Day on the Reef Snorkelling! #

Get yourself into the draw and WIN  -  "A FREE Adult Snorkel voucher" 

Down Under Cruise and Dive luxury vessel  " Evolution"... Read More

Cairns Aquarium #

Dedicated Tropical North Queensland Aquarium

5 Florence Street - Cairns   -  ( 7 min walk from Getaway on Grafton )

Spend the day exploring the world above and under the water
Cairns Aquarium offers the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of tropical North Queensland.
The Cairns Aquarium connects visi... Read More

Tamarind Contemporary Dining | Cairns #

Tamarind Contemporary Dining | Cairns

35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns City QLD 4870

Asian Fusion - Thai Influence in a modern, wood-panelled restaurant setting with a relaxed vibe for Asian fusion fine dining and wine.

Tamarind is a step up from the other dining around town and is renowned in Cairns and throughout North Queensland.

This award-winning fine d... Read More

Aqualuna Restaurant | CAIRNS #

Aqualuna Restaurant | CAIRNS

5 Florence Street, Cairns Qld 4870 - (7-minute walk from Getaway on Grafton)

Aqualuna Restaurant is a contemporary Italian Restaurant that sets a new benchmark in outdoor and indoor dining.

With a unique 14-meter shark tank with “under the pier” theme, floor to ceiling glass sliding doors spanning the entire length of t... Read More

Father's Day @ Carnival on Collins #

When: Sunday 3 September, 2017
Where: Tank Arts Centre, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Bring Dad along for a day of celebrations and family fun on Father’s Day at Carnival on Collins. There will be plenty of family friendly entertainment and even a couple of things that will appeal to the Dads.

Carnival on Collins is part of the Cairns Festival and... Read More

Elton John & Band @ Cazaly Stadium #

When: 30 September, 2017
Where: Cazaly Stadium, Wescourt

Elton John & Band will be performing for one night only on his Australian-exclusive Once In A Lifetime concert tour at Cazaly Stadium on 30 September.

Undeniably one of the most acclaimed and adored artists, Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold an... Read More

Munro Martin Parklands #

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 ... Read More

Cruise & Fly on the Great Barrier Reef #

The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is not just from the water but also from the air on a cruise & fly tour. Jump aboard a fast boat for five hours exploring two different reefs and then experience the thrill and wonder of the world’s largest reef from above on a scenic helicopter flight.

Your day starts early when you board the fast boat, Evolution, and speed out to the outer re... Read More

Cairns Cup 2017 #

Cairns Cup 2017

When: Saturday 5th & Saturday 12th August, 2017

Where: Cannon Park Racecourse, Waree

Giddy-up and get along to the Cairns Cup, held over two exciting and fun-filled Saturdays on 5th and 12th August.

The Red Beret Hotel Cairns Cup Carnival is the headline event in Cairns and a major highlight each year for the local racing industry. This year the Cup w... Read More

Scenic Day Trip to Kuranda #

A must do whilst staying in Cairns is a scenic day trip to Kuranda. This quaint village is nestled in mountaintop rainforest splendour just to the west of Cairns.

Kuranda is accessible by three means: train, cableway or road. But the best method of getting there is by travelling on the historic railway in an old train and returning by the spectacular Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.  You can cho... Read More

Stock Up on Food Supplies #

Stock up on food supplies during your stay in our well-appointed apartments at Getaway on Grafton at some of Cairns finest food outlets.

Cairns Central is located only a few blocks away (1 km) from Getaway on Grafton on McLeod Street and has a large Coles Supermarket for all your fresh food requirements.

Rusty's Markets are located at 57-89 Grafton Street and only open Friday —&... Read More

Cairns Show 2017 #

When: 19 – 21 July, 2017

Where: Cairns Showgrounds

There are heaps of things to see and do at this year’s Cairns Show, held over three days from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July.

The Hot Ten Sideshow Alley will provide families with hours of excitement, thrills and chills. Showbags will be available for purchase at the Showbag Warehouse.... Read More

Waterfall Circuit | Self Drive | South of Cairns #


We often get asked “What can we do for free around Cairns?” There are plenty of options. Free is often just sightseeing on foot, but hiring a car is not free. However it is the freedom to go and see what you want at your own time.

The Waterfall Circuit | Self Drive | South of Cairns is a great option and one w... Read More

Schnitz | Hand Made | Pan Cooked #


Humble Beginnings

On the Esplanade of Cairns, amid all the hustle and bustle, Schnitz Hand Made Pan Cooked recently opened. With many franchised eateries around the country you may have already been to one before.

We have been a couple of times and found it to be very laid back with an industrial edge and friendly service. The food servings are n... Read More

Down Under Cruise and Dive | Evolution | Cairns #

Our most popular reef tour sold! Great value for money.

Down Under Cruise and Dive luxury vessel departs from Cairns every day! Evolution is one of the fastest boats with comfortable seats and offered at an affordable price. The crew will give you full rundown of activities offered throughout the day with a bit of humor mixed into the conversation. You get five full hours to spend visiting two re... Read More

Happy 4 10 Cafe & Bar | Korean & Japanese Cairns #

82 Sheridan St, Cairns QLD 4870

Happy 4 10 Cafe & Bar | Korean & Japanese is a quiet restaurant hidden away from the main strip of Cairns.

Open from 11:30 am till 11:00pm daily.

They offer beautiful traditional styles of Korean and Japanese food for a very low price with lunch options from $10 - happy 4 10.

The atmosphere is wonderful with indoor seating or outdoor sea... Read More

Paradiso Cafe | Cairns #

96 Abbott St, Cairns

Open 7 days from 7am dine in or takeaway.
Looking for a place to stop in for a quick coffee or maybe a bite to eat?

Paradiso Cafe is located on the deck at the Centre Of Contemporary Arts, home of the giant jelly babies. They have free Wi-Fi, and a massive art gallery you can tour for free.

Paradisio Cafe | Cairns is the place for you!

Serving yo... Read More

La Fettuccina Restaurant & Bar | Cairns #

41 Shields St, Cairns QLD 4870

Are you looking for traditional Italian fare? Look no further, La Fettuccina Restaurant & Bar boast to be the oldest Italian restaurant in town! It was established in 1989 and they are still cooking up regional and traditional Italian fare for Cairns locals and visitors alike.

For those who want a quick pre-movie meal, romantic dining or corporate feasti... Read More

Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome #

Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome

Cairns zoom and wildlife dome is the world’s first challenge rope course in a wildlife park that contains a diverse collection of birds, fish, marsupials, amphibians and reptiles.

You will find cairns zoom in the heart of the cairns CBD on top of the Reef Hotel Casino. Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome offer many activities to keep you entertained including... Read More

Cairns Dim Sum - Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant #

34-40 Lake St, Cairns QLD 4870

The Golden Boat Chinese Restaurant specializes in traditional and modern Cantonese and Peking style cuisine; with renown for serving mouth watering oriental food to frequently returned locals and visitors from all over the world.

Highly-skilled, experienced and qualified chefs were specially employed from mainland China and Hong Kong to ensure our products a... Read More

Spirit of Cairns | Waterside Dining #

Spirit of Cairns Waterside Dining is a Dinner Cruise that is a perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for 2.5 hours of cruising, dining, entertainment and panoramic mountain and city views.

Throughout the evening you will cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns, whilst enjoying fabulous dining, live music and (optional... Read More

PHO Viet Vietnamese Noodle Bar | Cairns #

Love that clean tasting Pho?

Come and get it at Pho Viet Vietnamese noodle bar Cairns. Really delicious tasting food.

Now a little regular spot when we want that Beef Broth, we also ask for veg and no noodles!

With many dishes to try and choose from, you will enjoy a little piece of Vietnam right here in the heart of Cairns.
If you are a healthy eater, they recommend you try... Read More

Waterbar and Grill Steakhouse |Cairns Dining #

For great Cairns dining, Waterbar and Grill is a steakhouse specialising in contemporary Australian and South African cuisine. It has a great location at the Pier and offers al fresco dining that overlooks the marina. Ideal for getting together with friends to enjoy a sumptuous meal!

Waterbar and Grill Steakhouse is a popular Cairns dining experience and usually requires a booking, as it is a ver... Read More

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&#... Read More

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?

1. Originally, 'pineapple' was a name used for pine cones, the first recorded mention of the word dates back to 1398.

2. When this tropical fruit was ... Read More

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 l... Read More

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 p... Read More

The Lily Pad Cafe | Grafton Street, Cairns #

The Lily Pad Cafe| Grafton Street, Cairns is an easy 10-12 min walk from Getaway on Grafton.

The Lilli Pad Cafe is always bustling with people and on occasion you need to wait for a table, very diverse menu, friendly staff and great food. This small restaurant has a breakfast and lunch menu that is delicious large size portions that wont dissapoint. There are vegan and vegetarian options but don&... Read More

Half Day Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise #


Cairns now offer a super quick trip to the outer reef with Skedaddle, designed for those who want to snorkel only! So let’s Skedaddle and do just that!

This boat is a super quick ride of around 45 minutes to a beautiful location on the outer reef area where you can explore and enjoy peace and quiet. A maximum of 36 passengers can travel on ... Read More

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 K... Read More

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway | Kuranda | Cairns #

Marvel at the spectacular views along a journey of 7.5km of cableway through world Heritage Rainforest!

The skyrail gondola's can take up to 6 persons in a standard and 5 in a glass floor. ( Diamond View)

Skyrail Rainforest cableway is situated in World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park. A convenient 15 minute drive from Cairns City (or Getaway on Grafton holiday apartments) ... Read More

FNQ Ballooning | Raging Thunder | Cairns Best! #

With breathtaking views, Atherton Tablelands are regarded as Australia's best ballooning location with over 300 days of Sunshine every year, even when it's raining on the coast!

Carried by the wind, every flight is different. The Chief Pilot will choose the days launch site from the many locations dotted around the Mareeba Valley. As the sun rises so do their balloons, you will be able to... Read More

Cairns Dinner Cruise #

The 2.5 hour calm water sunset / evening Dinner Cruise departs every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7pm. includes a drink on arrival, delicious hot and cold buffet featuring fresh seafood and local produce, and live entertainment.

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise and why not choose the beautiful Spirit of Cairns Australia.

Set sail ... Read More

Whale Watching Cairns | Australia #

June to September, Humpback Whales visit Cairns - BOOK HERE for your tours

Humpback Whales are one of Australia's Great Barrier Reef's show offs as they love breaching their huge bodies out of the water.

Whale watching Cairns where you see the beautiful Giant Humpback whales. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Re... Read More

Zambrero | Mexican Cairns #

One of my favourite places in town for a quick bite is Zambrero on Lake Street. It is very central, has a stylish interior, serves alcohol including margaritas, has extended opening hours and, ah yes, they serve tasty Mexican food there too.

It is quick service like at Subway. Zambrero | Mexian Cairns. You first choose your 'bread': Burrito, Taco or just have it all just in a bowl. Then y... Read More

Quicksilver | Agincourt Reef | Port Douglas #

Based from Port Douglas, you can either drive yourself or get a pick up from the door at Getaway on Grafton. Enjoying the Great Barrier Reef Drive, one of Australia's most beautiful scenic coastal roads.

With a large, spacious, stable activity platform you will get to experience the outer reef in comfort. While not on the continental shelf you are certainly in a large coral garden, with plent... Read More

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Kuranda #

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia. You can wonder around in an all-weather tropical rainforest garden home to 2000 magnificent tropical butterflies, you will be enchanted by these elusive wonders of nature.

All butterflies are local rainforest species, including and electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green and yellow Cairns Bird... Read More

Caffe Suprimo Cairns #

What a great South Australian Story! Caffe Suprimo starting in 1998 in Tea Tree Plaza to just nine years after its inception, the Italian caffe was named the country's biggest growing franchise by BRW, with a growth spurt of nearly 140 per cent and an annual turnover of more than $40 million in 2006

So, as we do, we tested Kevin chose a Veal Schnitzel and I chose the grilled chicken breast wi... Read More

Cairns Green Island Snorkel Ocean Free #

Just a short sail from Cairns, Green Island you can snorkel and dive with Ocean Free. Cairns Green Island Snorkel Ocean Free
A Great Barrier Reef & Green Island tour on the Ocean Free was pure indulgence in exclusivity and serenity. The small sailing boat takes only up to 25 guests and on the day I was travelling we were 12 guests. Our skipper was a keen sailor and seemed to be... Read More

Holiday Apartment Cairns - Townhouse #

Townhouse apartment Cairns for holidays & corporate stays.

Getaway offer great value holiday apartments in 3 different styles, the Superior - two bedroom 1 bathroom, the Deluxe - two bedroom 2 bathroom and the Townhouse - 2 bedroom 2 private bathrooms.

The Townhouses are on the upper floors (no lifts) and have internal stairs to the bedrooms, both master and 2nd bedroom have a private... Read More

The Raw Prawn Seafood Restaurant #

4-STARS Very rarely do we take off for a lunch review, but.. a lazy Sunday opportunity saw us snap up the opportunity to test out the “Raw Prawn” on the Esplanade. We both ended up ordering from the $15.90 Lunch menu. Three In One – golden fried reef fish, prawns & calamari w/ salad & chips. We were really pleased with our choice, service was great, great atmosphere and the food... Read More

Discover Cairns Half Day Tour #

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... Read More

Babinda Kayak - Cairns #

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 ou... Read More


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