Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The port for Cairns is literally right in town. Within mere feet, you can be in downtown Cairns. Most people take tours out to ride the train or go to one of the islands to snorkel in the reef. There is good and bad news. It is much cheaper to buy tours at the tour office in town. The bad news, is that you will be lucky to get off the boat in time, get to the office and grab a ticket to anywhere in the midsts of hundreds of other people trying to do the same thing. It's possible, but not easy. Also, then you'll end up paying to much to scalpers who offer there services to the tourist office.
The ship will probably charge too much, but if you really, really want to ride the train or take a tour, you're probably better off buying it from the ship in advance. Cairns is pretty and quite safe if you just want to walk around on your own. I haven't written a blog post about Cairns yet, but I will soon. I hope this helps for now.