Posts Tagged ‘Tropical North Queensland’

Tapas style dinner with friends

Monday, March 31st, 2008

It seems the personalised service we give our clients is already paying off and we are being recommended to some other travellers coming to Cairns. As Cairns Unlimited continues to grow and evolve, we now also give advice and can help everyone with their bookings all over Australia, not only Tropical North Queensland. So if you are planning a trip to Australia, or are already here, and feel you are a bit lost about where to go, what to do, etc, send us an email and we are more than happy to help you in every way we can.

That’s what Gemma and David did. They wanted to try snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef but the choice is so wide that they were a bit overwhelmed. At Cairns Unlimited we know which companies are best for what you need, because not all of them cater for scuba divers and snorkellers alike. And we also know when companies are offering specials, so you can save a few bucks by booking through us. Not bad, is it? We met up with David and Gemma, on their travels around a few countries, after they had gone snorkelling and both of them enjoyed the trip immensely. They had also rented a Cairns underwater camera, and in one day they took 448 photos, many of them absolutely beautiful, as you can see in the picture below. You couldn’t get better value for money for $49 all inclusive (considering that we deliver the underwater camera to your accommodation in Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches and pick it up once the rental period is over. And if you rent our cameras for more days is even cheaper. Example, two days is $59, three days is $69 and three days $79).

We took David and Gemma to one of our favourite restaurants in Cairns, Casa de Meze, where you can enjoy tapas style mediterranean cuisine, the closest I have found to Spanish food in Cairns. We all enjoyed our food, it was delicious, and it is always fantastic to share stories with other travellers.

One of the many photos Gemma and David took on their snorkelling trip on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Who remembers Dragon?

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Well, the big new this week - from outside the Cairns Unlimited world - revolves around the horse racing industry. A potentially dangerous case of equine flu has been detected among racehorses in Sydney, and in an event surely unprecedented in Australian history, horse racing has been suspended across the country. The timing could be devastating for the Australian racing industry, right on the eve of the biggest event on the racing calendar - the Spring Racing Carnival, which culminates in the world famous Melbourne Cup.

Still on horse racing, the upcoming Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival has been at the head of local news for all the wrong reasons. If you’re not familiar with the Cairns Amateurs, here’s a snippet of text I copied from Maria’s amazingly comprehensive TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR…

The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is an annual event held around the second Saturday in September. A small meeting in 1959, designed to bring city and country together, has expanded over the years to become one of Australia’s premier Spring horse racing carnivals.The Carnival, held in the tropical North Queensland city of Cairns, focuses around two days of horse racing. It is complemented by a great variety of social activities, some formal and some very informal.Cairns Amateurs has something for everyone: horse racing, fashion, socialising and celebrities. Social events include Members-only and corporate functions over the two days, as well as events and areas for the general public on both race days. The beautiful mild September climate entices large crowds to enjoy the racing and entertainment conducted at the course.

Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival.

But the thing that has everyone hopping mad this year is the imposed ESKY ban at the event. Heavy handed State Government Liquor Licensing bureaucrats, who can’t stand to see hard working Queenslanders actually out enjoying themselves, have banned the bringing of alcoholic drinks into the event, instead forcing punters to leave their tents and queue up for drinks at the bar. regular racegoers insist that the bar facilities will not be able to cope with the increased numbers, and predict that punters will spend most of their day queued at the bar.

A number of tent bookings have already been cancelled in the wake of the threat, including one booking for 80 people from the staff social club at Irelands car dealership. Liquor Licensing are also proposing to refuse entry to under 18’s. Event organizers say that if an adults-only rule is enforced, it will be the first time in the 49-year history of the Amateurs, which were set up to bring together families from all over the region. Cairns Unlimited wants to know: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE WHO JUST CAN’T LET US ENJOY OURSELVES? WILL THEY EVER JUST LEAVE US ALONE?

We say that even the phrase ‘ESKY BAN’ is downright un-Australian, and anyone proposing such a thing should be immediately deported. We give heavy handed, spoilsport, party-pooping, bureaucrats the Cairns Unlimited ‘Big Thumbs Down’.

On a far more pleasant note, one member of the Cairns Unlimited team took an enjoyable trip down memory lane last week, when iconic 80’s rock band Dragon came to town. I must admit, i didn’t have huge expectations. After all, these guys must be over 100 years old by now. Well, we jostled with the crowd at the Reef Casino’s Vertigo Bar waiting for the ageing rock legends to make their appearance. The first piece they played was pretty dull and uninspiring, and kind of confirmed my preconceptions that they were indeed over the hill. I looked at my watch.

Dragon, in another time and place.

But that was the last time I looked at my watch. The band immediately launched into one of their greatest hits “Get that Jive”, and after that, they never looked back. When the first few notes of “April Sun in Cuba” belted out, the crowd broke loose and, apart from the rather unusual mix of dancing styles (to say the least) I would have to say that the energy levels almost approached that of a crowd of Spaniards. Maria is free to disagree. All in all, a fantastic concert and a nostalgic reminder of a time of my life when the most important thing in the world was my HQ GST Monaro. I give Dragon the Cairns Unlimited ‘Big Thumbs Up’ and hope they made it back to the retirement village safely.

Dragon, live at Cairns Reef Casino.

Now, what else is new? Maria and I have been doing a little wine sampling over the last week or so. Our friends at DREAMTIMES WINES furnished us with a couple of bottles of their fortified tropical fruit wines; the first a very sweet Passionfruit Port, and the second a semi-sweet Mango Port. Maria has more of a sweet tooth that I do, so the Passionfruit Port was a tad rich for my taste. Having said that, I did take a small glass of it after dinner each night until the bottle was empty! The Mango Port disappeared even faster, and I’m not sure if Maria had the chance to even try it. Looking back, I’m surprised to say that I probably preferred the Passionfruit Port. Although too sweet to drink in large quantities (unless drizzled over ice… now why didn’t I think of that before?) it is the perfect after dinner drink or as an accompaniment to a strong coffee. So while I’m on a roll, I’ll give Dreamtime Wines a Cairns Unlimited ‘Big Thumbs Up’, and then sign off.

If you didn’t know that Tropical North Queensland produced wine, or you’re intrigued by the idea of wines and liqueurs made from tropical fruits such as mangos, lychees and jaboticabas… well, you won’t want to miss our WINERIES page!

Our previous trip to Tropical North Queensland!!!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

In 2005, Steve and myself came to Tropical North Queensland to enjoyed a very well deserved holiday. The main objective of the trip to Australia was for me to meet his friends and family.¬†We had already been together for more than a year, and it wasn’t fair that he already knew all “my people”, but I was completely new to his previous life, his country, his traditions, etc. So on a very cold Boxing Day morning, we headed for the Madrid airport, Steve, my mum (who was in charge to take our coats back home) and myself. And we left Spain and embarked in our first Australian experience. And it has proved to be a different¬†experience than we then anticipated.

We spent some time in Brisbane and Stanthorpe, Steve’s home town, but he was very eager to show me Cairns and part of Tropical North Queensland, where he always wanted to live and had already tried without any success. We came to Cairns to spend a week in December 2005. And the following posts are a exact account of what we did while we were here. Little did we know that two years later we would be living in this beautiful part of Australia…