If you are following my Instagram account, you probably have seen my weekend workout outfit which are a red hoodie with Blue Mountains slogan and a pair of black shorts written with AJ Cairns Bungy. I got them in my last trip to Australia and today I would like to share where to have a budget stay, where to eat and drink (coffee) and how to schedule your adventure from my personal 72 hours stay in Cairns, one of the most favorite adventure spots that I’ve been to and I’ve decide to go back again! Scroll down and read more.


如果你有一直看我的Instagram,你一定知道我最近总是穿着印着Blue Mountains字样的红色Hoodie和AJ Cairns Bungy黑色短裤去山里散步,他们是我上次澳大利亚之行的纪念品。回想起那次澳洲之行,经历的很多人生中的第一次,今天这篇博文里我就要来跟大家分享一下我在凯恩斯的72小时,也会告诉大家该去哪里住,哪里有不错的餐厅和咖啡店,如何像我一样计划你在凯恩斯的行程。那里绝对是我最喜爱的冒险之地之一,也是我计划着何时要再回去的地方。继续往下看。

Cairns is located on the northeast coast of Australia. The climate is pretty similar to Hong Kong’s, when I first stepped out from airport, I felt that similar humidity and heat from the air. As told, the raining season starts around or right after Christmas, which just hit half of my trip there. Believing me, you don’t want the massive rainforest storm if you are planning something like what I will show you below. Do well plan your stay there. Cairns is famous of its rainforest but Great Barrier Reef is the big topic! I don’t know Australia well (by that time, I’ve only been to Melbourne and Sydney) and I’ve heart Brisbane and Golden Coast, of course! Well, I’ve learnt from the local friends about how unreal Golden Coast is and how relaxing Brisbane would be.I didn’t know what I want but just wanted something different by my heart, until I searched skydiving and got Cairns on my laptop screen, Beach, sea, extreme activities from sky to water and beautiful rainforest, Cairns was like the dream place where offers me everything I wanted. I booked Virgin Australia to Cairns from Sydney, it took around 3 hours and as a budget flight, it was a decent trip to me. You won’t feel boring in your flight, I promise, coz the views outside the window just changed from purely seablue to brown and green lands and slowly, you would see the beautiful white sand beach line snaking along the coast, and when I were about to land, the green land showed up with the painted-like canals, that’s Cairns.


凯恩斯位于澳洲东北部,气候跟香港的相似,一踏出机场大厅我就立刻能从空气里闻出似曾相识的那种湿度和热度。凯恩斯的雨季大概在圣诞节前后开始,正好击中我凯恩斯72小时的后半段。相信我,如果你想要跟我一样玩遍凯恩斯的户外活动项目,你不会期望顶着一头丛林风暴雨来回走动,所以确保你把自己的行程时间订对了!凯恩斯带有典型的热带雨林特色,或许,更多人是通过大堡礁才知道凯恩斯这个地方的。那个时候我对澳洲的认识仅限于墨尔本和悉尼两座城市,当然我也听说过布里斯本和黄金海岸,只是澳洲的朋友们总说布里斯本怎么的悠闲,黄金海岸怎样的奢华到不真实,我那时不知道我的下一站该是哪里,心里却总盼望着一些不同寻常,直到我在网上搜跳伞的时候,凯恩斯这个名字跳了出来。阳光海滩,上天下海的极限运动,还有美丽神秘的热带丛林,凯恩斯就好像是个梦想地,集合了所有我想要的!我订了Virgin Australia的机票,从悉尼飞3个小时到凯恩斯,作为Budget Airline,整个旅程不惊不喜。3个小时不长不短,我却一点不觉得无聊,窗外的景色是我的解闷器,从一上天的白云大海,到接近凯恩斯那是的绵长海岸线,特别是即将降落的那刻,濛濛的绿色丛林如画一样,而那些分散的小运河蛇形其中。

Where I stay as a budget traveller?

I chose Gilligan’s from hostelbookers.com and it just took me around 140HKD per night (8 beds only female) there. They’ve got the lovely swimming pool along with a beach club and nightclub/restaurant in the hostel. Awesome bars, dancing floor, snooker, live bands and sunbath area, does it sound like you were in some resort?! I really love the pool where I did relax a lot and got my extra-tan under those palm trees. If I didn’t remember wrongly, they offered big burger dinner with tons of fries in a pretty good price and lovely prices for the drinks as well. (Don’t get drunk there!) Ohh! They do provide airport shuttle bus service with a charge (around $5) and also you can book almost all the local trips through Gilligan’s, so don’t be shy to send them thousands of emails 😀

Where I make my local trips?

There are many tour booking agencies in the town (you can find one every 5-10 mins). What I will suggest is to go around and check the prices and trip details before you locate one agency, and this is also what I’ve done right after I checked in my hostel. Right around the corner (opposite Gilligan’s), there’s Cairns Visitor Information & Booking Center, where I booked my skydiving, rafting and bungy trips. Their shop looks quite professional, so does the staff, and they run pretty late until 8pm I think. And I actually booked all my trips in the last minute before they shut down the door. Don’t think I only compare the information offline, I did homework online also. Viator is the platform that I booked my island trip in terms of program design and the price.

Where I eat and drink?

Breakfast is not included (but you can buy) in hostel but I was even happier because I really enjoyed to make myself breakfast and this is the excuse that I could check out the local supermarket in every city I’ve been to. Remember, the supermarket closing time varies, and it closes really early (before 5pm) or even doesn’t open in weekend. However, I was still willing to explore local cafes during my causal city-walk. Calypso Fruit & Sandwich Bar, is my latte place in Cairns. Don’t wrong me, it’s just one of the many normal simple cafes in town. The reason I choose it for the first time is just it’s on my way and it looks pretty local and hippy. The owner is so lovely and friendly and I was just loving their simple latte and big croissant. Candy Cafe, is my big lunch place. Again, distance is the king when I was running in the tight trip schedule. Last morning in Cairns, I got 2 hours before heading to airport and surprisingly I ended up with their amazing omelette, just opposite Gilligan’s. It was around $10 I guess and a latte with few dollars more but what I got was a huge plate with a “fat” omelette occupying half space of the plate. It was rounded with some salad and maybe also avocado and baguette (I forget). Cutting apart the omelette, I saw the paradise where sour cream and smoked salmon waited for me. I even felt difficult to finish all, shame on me!

Calypso Fruit & Sandwich Bar

87 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Candy Cafe

70 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia


 

我在凯恩斯住哪里(适合预算有限的你)?

我在 hostelbookers.com 上订了Gilligan’s 8张床只限女性的房间,一晚只需140港币左右。他们有一个相当不错的(户外)泳池,一个酒吧兼夜店连着一个半露天的餐厅。适合年轻人狂欢的酒吧、舞池,桌球,每晚的现场乐队表演还有泳池周围的日光浴区域是我最喜欢的,听起来是不是有点像在哪个度假村里呢?如果我没记错的话,他们晚上的汉堡餐陪着一大堆热辣辣的薯条也不过5澳币而已,酒类饮品也是相当适合年轻人的价格(小心不要醉倒了!)差点不记得提,旅社提供机场专车接送服务,大概5澳币,你还可以通过他们预订各种凯恩斯的户外活动项目,不要害羞,尽管用email轰炸他们吧!

 

我在哪里订了凯恩斯的招牌活动项目?

凯恩斯镇里的旅行社多到每走5至10分钟就有一间,我建议在镇里走一走留意一下不同旅行社所提供的活动项目(包括价钱和项目介绍),直到你找到一个能满足你大部分要求的,这也是我在旅社check-in之后做的第一件事。在Gilligan’s对街的街角上就有一间Cairns Visitor Information & Booking Center我在那里订了高空跳伞、漂流和蹦极。他们的店面和员工看上去都相当专业,而且店开到晚上近8点才关门,我就是在他们关门的最后一刻冲进去的(运气好!)除此之外我当然也有比较网上的价钱和项目介绍,我的Green Island之旅就是在Viator上订的。

我在凯恩斯找到哪些不错的餐厅和咖啡店?

一般来说旅舍是不提供早餐的(当然你可以花钱买),不过给自己弄早餐是我旅行中的一大喜好,而且这还是让我去当地的超市里挖宝的绝佳借口。不过要提前看好超市的关门时间,周末的关店时间会特别早(5点关门吧),甚至有时不开店(周日)。当然我也会在行程间隙试试当地的餐厅和咖啡店。Calypso Fruit & Sandwich Bar 是我经常消遣早午餐或下午茶的地方。这只是镇上许多普通咖啡店的其中一间,我第一次光顾她的原因只是她就在我出出进进的路上,这家店有点小街头的风格,店主相当亲切温和,必点的是他们家的牛角包和拿铁。我在凯恩斯印象最深刻的午餐发生在Candy Cafe, 首先又是特别近的缘故才选了他们。在凯恩斯的最后一早,我只有2个小时就要赶去机场了,于是便去了就在旅舍对面的这家Cafe也意料之外的吃到让我至今都记着的omelette!整个omelette也就10澳币左右吧,再加上几个硬币配上一杯热拿铁。整个omelette占据了半个大盘子的面积,又肥又高的驾驶让我掉眼睛,里面的馅更是吃货的天堂,鼓鼓胀胀的omelette里面都是酸忌廉(sour cream)和烟熏三文鱼,配餐的有沙律菜、牛油果和面包吧(记不清了)?消灭整碟可是个巨大挑战!

Calypso Fruit & Sandwich Bar

87 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Candy Cafe

70 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Where to get your heart out of your throat?
Answer? Easy! 2 Ways to die.
First to-die option is skydiving run by Tandem Cairns. It’s a full day trip because you need to travel to the airport with a 2-hour drive from Cairns town. The package I’ve booked is 14,000ft diving and landing on the beach including insurance but unluckily I’ve told to be upgraded to 15,000ft diving and landing on the grassland in the airport ($295+$90) because the improper tides condition for a beach-landing. I’ve also bought GoPro video and photo package on site, and thanks to this decision, you could read this blog with my skydiving video at the end. Second path to death is AJ Hackett. If you check their global website, you will know they are running bungy adventure around the world and over 25 years of operation (I was telling myself how safe it would be by this). The basic jump costed $169 while you would get a big discount for your second jump immediately and also coupons for your jump in their other locations around the world (They’ve got on Macau Tower, guys!). Cairns bungy might not be the highest jumping around the world but you would have the most beautiful jungle view, where you will see the green blanket and the white little town in the far end. Bungy jump takes only half day, so I would suggest a morning trip where you could enjoyed your lunch with proud when you are back to town like me in Candy Cafe, and continue your afternoon plan. There are plenty of timeslot to book, and as my personal experience, weather is definitely not a problem for bungy.

 

Personally, I rate bungy jump higher than skydiving, because it just freaked me out more! I cannot describe how horrible I feel when I need to jump by myself. You try once, and you know what I mean. If you are as “lucky” as me, you could have a wet jump with a jungle storm over your head and the view would turn half grey (in the jungle) and half orange (in town).


凯恩斯通向“死亡”的通道在哪里?
有两条给你选(当然你也可以两条都选!)
第一条由 Tandem Cairns 提供。这是项目花费一天的时间,早上集合后驾车2小时前往跳伞基地。我选的项目包括一万四千尺高空跳伞加沙滩着陆,可惜那天的潮汐不适合沙滩着陆,我的项目转成一万五千尺高空跳伞加基地绿地着陆,整个项目包括保险费用一共295澳币外加90澳币,另外我在基地的休息室里额外买了GoPro摄像和照相的服务,也幸亏这个决定,让大家能看到今天的博文和最后面的那条短片!第二条“死亡”通道由 AJ Hackett 提供。如果你去他们的网站会看到他们在全球各地都设有不同的蹦极跳点,也有25年的运作经验(我当时就是看了这个才放心让自己玩一把)。最基本的蹦极价值169澳币,如果你即场决定来个第二跳,可以拿到很大幅度的折扣,另外每个人也能拿到一些优惠券,可以在AJ的其他跳点使用(他们在澳门塔上哟!)。凯恩斯的跳点不算是最高的,但能够俯瞰绿色丛林的美景和远处白色的凯恩斯小镇却是世界上独一无二的。蹦极项目全程需半日而已,我会建议大家尽量参加早上的行程,完了之后回到镇上还能像我一样在餐厅里美餐一顿,下午继续其他行程。蹦极的行程比较松,有很多出发时间可选,另外天气的好坏也绝对不是个问题!

两者比较,我给蹦极打得分高过高空跳伞,蹦极可把我给吓坏了!我无法形容那一刻的感受,所以唯有大家自己两者都感受一下了。如果你跟我一样“有幸”,在丛林里暴雨倾泻而下的情况下来个落汤鸡式的蹦极,从跳塔望出去丛林是灰绿色的,远处的小镇是橘红色的。

Semi-submarine at Green Island
Beach at Green Island 2
Where to experience Great Barrier Reef?
Going to Cairns, you have to reserve one full day for a boat trip to one of the nearby islands, or even deeper into Great Barrier Reef area. I’ve got tight schedule so Green Island becomes my ideal destination. From Viator, I’ve got everything, but when you reach Reef Terminal, remember to get your on board ticket inside the Terminal lobby where you can easily find the counter of the boat company. Without this ticket, you won’t be able to take the boat even you have the agency’s booking confirmation letter. The trip to Green Island was quiet but a bit crowded because it’s a popular destination for most tourists while I did enjoy my time on the rooftop. It was quite windy and cold when we were in the sea but once the boat was approaching to the island, the weather became hot and even burning. The viator trip I booked included glass bottom boat, semi-submarine coral viewing trip, snorkeling gears ($108) and I topped up with lunch buffet on boat (around $15). The design of the trip is absolutely awesome! We landed around 10.30am (if you choose 9am as boarding time, suggest to go for the earlier slot) and I got very nice experience with glass-bottom and semi-submarine trips which I’ve not only seen so many beautiful fish and coral but also learnt a bit about reef protection. Before lunch time, I was able to go snorkeling on the left hand side of the terminal and also managed to get myself burned on the beach with my two palm prints on my back (when I only managed to put sun cream under my palm). I had a quick lunch on the boat which I thought it was smarter to eat there with many food and drink choices and you don’t need to rush around to find toilet on the island. In the afternoon, I jumped into the sea on the right hand side of the terminal and explored a bit farther in the sea, where I chased after a young sea turtle first time in my life!!! She’s so chilled in the sea and dived to the sea bed for the seaweed and then raised up to the surface and then dived again. Everything happened so fast, that I couldn’t chased her that much after few seconds. I spent the rest of my island time on the white sand beach and managed to worsen my burn without notice (I recognized it when I lied on the hostel bed that night).
It was an one-day trip I would absolutely recommend, while together with it I would give some personal tips. 
  • Choose the earliest departure time to buy yourself relax in the afternoon when you are back.
  • Beach towel is a must, but a really warm cover-up is even more important, because if it’s not a very good day, it would be super windy and cold in the sea (on the way) and the air-conditioning is very strong on the boat during lunch buffet especially when you are just out of the sea.
  • Sun cream with very high SPF and do it every 2 hours or once you are out from the water and dry, and make sure it’s equally applied on your body to avoid the same situation like me.

    寻找属于你的大堡礁?
     
    去凯恩斯就一定至少留一天的时间去体验一下出海的day trip,又或者可以试一下两三天的那种穿上生活,深入大堡礁。我那次去凯恩斯的行程并不宽松,所以最近的绿岛(Green Island)就变成我的理想之地。从Viator上预定的一日游行程里涵盖了几乎所有的岛上活动项目。出发点就在Reef Terminal,但不要以为有网上订购的确认信就能上传了,其实都是需要到Terminal大堂里的专柜核对身份和跟换船票的,大堂里各家旅行社的服务台也都很醒目,应该不难找。出发前往绿道的一路也算是平静,不过穿上也算是满员的,主要因为绿岛是众多游客的目的地,我喜欢待在顶层的甲板上吹海风。那天天气不太好的缘故,海上还是挺冷的,风也挺大,不过一旦穿接近小岛的时候天气就转晴了,温度一下子窜上来甚至还有点烫人。我预订的viator trip包括透明玻璃底小船(glass bottom boat),半潜式礁石观赏游(semi-submarine coral viewing trip),浮潜租用器具($108),后来还加了15澳币左右买了船上的自助午餐。整个行程的安排设计的相当好,10点半左右到达(如果你选的是9点出发,个人推荐早出发的船次),透明玻璃底小船和半潜式礁石观赏游花费的时间不多,只要听好工作人员的安排,每个游客都能玩上,两个项目花费的时间也不多,能看到很多珍贵的也是奇形怪状的礁石,还有大群色彩斑斓的鱼,讲解员也会告诉我们一些关于保护珊瑚礁的知识。午餐前我还有时间在码头左侧的海域浮潜一阵子,也顺便在沙滩上把自己的后背给晒坏了(因为自己给自己后背擦防晒油,擦不匀的关系,搞的后腰大大方方的两个大手掌印)。我觉得在船上享用午餐是比较明智的选择,自助午餐很丰富,也有喝的,最重要的是没有在岛上到处找洗手间的烦恼。午餐后我开始探索码头右侧更开阔的海域,也试着游得更远一些,这也是我人生第一次试着在海里跟踪海龟!这只海龟算是比较年轻的吧,在海里游得可是自在,一会潜到海底捣弄海床上的沙子一会回到海面吹个水泡,一会又潜下去,这家伙可不容易追,没几下子就不见踪影了。之后的那半个小时到一小时的时间里我都待在白色沙滩上发呆,顺便把自己晒坏的后背晒的更糟糕(我是那晚睡在旅舍的床上才意识到自己晒过头了的)。
     
    海岛游通常都是一日的,下面有几个贴士给大家,一定要注意:
    • 尽量选择最早的出发班次,早去早回,下午能有足够的时间回旅馆休息或者继续其他活动。
    • 沙滩巾是必备的,不过一条能够保暖的cover-up可能更重要,要知道如果碰上海上多变的天气,随时随地可以变得又大风又冷的,另外也不可小看船上的冷气,自助午餐那会的冷气实在厉害,再加上刚从海里爬出来身上还滴着水的状态跑进船里,那简直就是一下子在冰柜里给冻住的感觉了。
    • 超高防晒指数的防晒霜一定要带,每两个小时补一次或者每次出水之后都要补上,记着抹匀了,别搞的像我一样给自己来个晒印。
Thunder Rafting in Cairns
Where to get wet from head to tail?
It’s another 3/4 day trip where I dived into the jungle, it’s called Raging Thunder Rafting (name varies in different booking agencies). There are different packages (some includes BBQ lunch) and I’ve chosen the most basic one. It’s absolute fun especially you would enjoy the jokes your rafting coach made. We were fully equipped and in a boat as a group of 7 including the coach. The starting was smooth and the coach would teach you everything, even in the end, it didn’t bother that much you did correctly or not as long as you still stayed in the boat 😀
The funniest time was when your face was washed by the river water and by the other boat’s coach’s water attack, and several times!
Tips for rafting:
  • Watersports wear and a pair of sports shoes which are not slipper and can get wet but dry up fast!
  • Towel and a set of dry clean clothes to change. I didn’t use shampoo coz I made my second shower when I was back to hostel. So, to bring them or not, it’s up to you.
  • Watch out the river situation and prepare well when the water is coming, but pay more attention to other boats next to you, because their coach will attack you with water!

    去哪里能把自己搞成落汤鸡?
    Raging Thunder Rafting(漂流)是个大半天的户外行程,让你可以深入雨林探索完全不一样的凯恩斯。可选的行程各有不同,有的包括烧烤午餐,我选的是最基本的类型。整个活动里最有趣的要属你那皮划艇的教练,从头到尾他们的笑话可多了。一条皮划艇坐7人(包括教练),我们每个人都是全副武装的(救生衣,头盔,划桨)。刚开始水流很缓和,教练会趁机教大家所有基本动作和相对应的指令,不过到最后能不能正确用上就是另外一回事了,反正没掉河里就可以 😀
    最好笑的也是最印象深刻的就是被免费洗脸N次,这给你洗脸的可不止是湍急的河水,还有临穿的教练给你泼来的。
    一些给去玩漂流的贴士:
    • 适合(水上)运动的服饰和一双不打滑的运动鞋,最好还是快干的。
    • 干净的干毛巾,一整套用来更换的衣服是必备。我没有带洗发水之类的东西,反正也是打算回旅舍好好洗一次的,至于之类的东西带与不带就看大家自己的了。
    • 漂流的时候总是留意一下前方的河流状况,时刻准备好迎面打来河水,当有其他皮划艇接近的时候,也要小心留意哟!(可以先发制人)

 

Hope you enjoy the reading today, and here is the little video I’ve made to show you my skydive and others 😀

I know I missed train trip to Kuranda and Palm Cove near Cairns, I will definitely go back again, to jump in the jungle (under the sun) again, to explore Great Barrier Reef and to check out those places I haven’t made to last time! If you’ve been to Cairns or near Cairns, you can leave the comments and let me know your suggestion.

xoxo

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