Family Friendly Activities in Cairns

To: 'Peter Ewin' <>, "" <>
Subject: Family Friendly Activities in Cairns
From: Roger Giller <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:13:35 +0000
Hi Peter,
Can I suggest doing the Kuranda train up in the morning and the Skyrail down
in the afternoon. That way you have the sun behind you as you descend, not
in your face so much. The view of the foothills and coastal plain is great.
A walk along the area between the railway station and the riverbank produced
a Dusky Honeyeater and Spectacled Monarch among others.

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Peter Ewin
Sent: Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:11 PM
Subject: Family Friendly Activities in Cairns

Before I head north to Cape York (see previous email) the family (Cate + 3
kids - 4, 7 and 9) are spending a week in Cairns. We have a couple places
booked to the north of Cairns, and a couple of nights at Atherton (because
it is nioce there). I am looking at doing some family friendly activities
(that might drag a few birds in as well).
The three things I would like comment are:
Reef trip - I would like to get to Michaelmas, but is that realistic with a
family? If so any recommendations for good operators? If not is the
birding/reef on Green Island worth the day (we went to Low Isles many years
ago and is that a better option now)?I am thinking about Daintree River
Cruise - but don't really want to do the 4AM start to do the birdwatching
one. Any recommendations for a trip that gives good wildlife sightings
(including crocs and good birds) and is family friendly (in both time and
price)?Is the Kuranda Skyrail (and then return by train which I have never
done) worth a day trip? We will probably end up in Kuranda at some stage,
and the day being a true tourist is tempting. Any reviews either way?Does
anyone else have some family friendly suggestions - we will visit some of
the parks around Atherton, and might head up to Mossman Gorge as well, but
any suggestions appreciated.

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