Costa Luminosa Cruise Ship Onshore Tours from Yorkeys Knob Cairns & Port Douglas, cruise ship passengers can purchase their onshore tours at local prices for tours in Cairns from the Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre. Why pay more? Purchase shore tours at the local price for Cairns tours and save.

Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre can book your on-shore tours at the local price. Compare our prices against those on the cruise ship. Contact our office on 07 4055 7158 for more specific information on tours that suit Costa Luminosa. The most popular tour for ship passengers is to Kuranda. Enjoy the Kuranda markets, rainforest walks, the Kuranda Heritage train and the amazing journey over the rainforest canopy in the Skyrail gondola. Other popular tours include Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Centre.

Costa Luminosa from Port Douglas is ideal for taking trips to the Great Barrier Reef or an island experience. Going to Low Isles is a great alternative to Green Island.

Costa Luminosa Arrival & Departure times in Yorkeys Knob Cairns

Port North indicates an arrival time of 7.00 am and departure at 6.00 pm. However, these times are approximated only and we also recommend you check the arrival and departure times that the cruise ship advises you.

Contact us to organise pick-up and drop off at the Yorkeys Knob Marina where your tender arrives and departs from.

Once arriving in Yorkeys Knob, Cairns, the ship will moor just off the coast and you will be tendered in to shore to the Yorkeys Knob Marina. The length of time of the tendering process largely depends on weather conditions on the day. Usually, it only takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

 

For all onshore tours from Port Douglas for cruise ship passengers contact us and ask for our Port Douglas Tour Specialist to assist you with great local knowledge and cheaper prices.

Costa Luminosa is affectionately referred to as Ä diamond of light” as the ship is the diamond in the Costa fleet.  The ship was built in 2008 and operated by Costa Crociere. The 294m long cruise ship can hold up to 2,826 passengers and cost 240 Million euros to build. The 42 day world cruise in Santiago, Chile and visits the following ports: Easter Islands, Pitcairn ISL, Papeete, Rarotonga, Tauranga, Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, YORKEYS KNOB, CAIRNS, Komodo Island, Lombok, Benoa and finishing in Singapore.

Passengers who don’t wish to do any onshore tours but would rather just spend a relaxing day at Yorkeys Knob, can take a five minute walk to the Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre.  We can organise a day package for the use of Villa Marine Resort.  You will have the full use of the resort facilities which includes the use of a Villa, swim in our salt water pool, purchase cold drinks, local souvenirs and post cards.  Our friendly staff are here to offer great local information.

 

Celebrity Solstice Onshore Tours Yorkeys Knob Cairns, cruise ship passengers can enjoy some popular onshore Cairns tours. Celebrity Solstice passengers can purchase their onshore tours at local prices for tours in Cairns from the Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre. Why pay more? Celebrity Solstice Onshore Tours Yorkeys Knob Cairns can be purchased by cruise ship passengers through us for all shore tours, activities and excursions at the local price and save.

Celebrity Solstice Onshore Tours Yorkeys Knob Cairns cruise ship passengers book locally and save

Tourist Information Centre at Yorkeys Knob Beach Cairns can book your on-shore tours at the local price. Compare our prices against those on the cruise ship. Contact our office on 07 4055 7158 for more specific information on tours that suit Celebrity Solstice. The most popular tour for passengers is to Kuranda. Enjoy the Kuranda markets, rainforest walks, the Kuranda Heritage train and the amazing journey over the rainforest canopy in the Skyrail gondola. Other popular tours include Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Centre and scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef.
Kuranda train All Cairns Tours

Contact us to organise pick-up and drop off at the Yorkeys Knob Marina where your tender arrives and departs from.

Celebrity Soltice Arrival & Departure times in Yorkeys Knob Cairns

Port North indicates an arrival time of 8.00 am and departure at 6.00 pm. However, these times are approximated only and can vary according to the day and to the weather. We recommend that you always check your cruise ship arrival and departure times.

 

Once arriving in Yorkeys Knob, the ship will moor just off the coast and you will be tendered in to shore to the Yorkeys Knob Marina.  The length of time of the tendering process largely depends on weather conditions on the day. Usually, it only takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

All Cairns Tours Scenic Reef flights

Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre

Passengers who don’t wish to do any onshore tours but would rather just spend a relaxing day at Yorkeys Knob can take a five-minute walk to the Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre and receive advice and free maps on activities here in Yorkeys Knob.  Check out our diverse range of local North Queensland souvenirs, beach towels, Sarongs, sea shells, tea towels and other souvenirs at your stop at Yorkeys Knob. Enjoy cold drinks, table and chairs and free complimentary Wifi.

Celebrity Solstice is Australia and New Zealand’s highest-rated cruise ship. She was built in Germany in 2008 and cost US$750 million to build with a length of 317 metres. It accommodates 2,852 passengers and 1,250 crew. Known for the food and the overall dining experience, Celebrity Solstice has raised a whole new level in the cruising world. We wish you a great cruise on Celebrity Soltice and don’t hesitate to contact us for any information relating to this cruise ship.

 

In the right spot in your most precious time!

Looking for Cairns family accommodation?

These are our tips of kid-friendly accommodation in Cairns. We tried to fit in the budget, midrange and luxury options. Have a look at our tips on where to stay in Cairns for self-catering accommodation, hotels, holiday homes and caravan parks that have children friendly facilities and family packages.

Here we go!

1. Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

The Family Fun Resort

This vast caravan park on the southern sides of Cairns has won many awards. With child-friendly activities and lots things for the kids to do. It has a wonderful swimming pool and a large playground as well as a variety of accommodation from tent sites to cabins and luxury villas.

2. Villa Marine Holiday Apartments 

A small idyllic, peaceful place with rainforest and beach nearby

family friendly Villa Marine

This little place by the beach and surrounded by rainforest is a favourite of visitors and great for the family budget. Relaxed and just a hop skip and jump from the beach, and the new million dollar adventure playground and exercise equipment area on the Esplanade. Even with a free flying fox! No wonder Villa Marine has won best standard accommodation for the region three times, with just nine affordable villas all self-catering, this is a great option all the family will love. We loved their free snorkel equipment.

3. Motorhome and campervan rental

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Flexible and eventful on tour

Imagine a holiday on wheels. Bring out the gipsy in you and move around as it suits. There is a wide range of campervans and motorhomes that can be rented to suit your family option to explore Cairns and Tropical North Queensland. See http://cairnsdiscounttours.com.au; they specialise in discounts on campervans and Cairns tours. You will save money with these guys as they specialise in family packages and discounts.

4. Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

City kick at a high level

Right in the centre of Cairns, very close to the lagoon swimming pool. This is a brilliant location for those who want to be right in the very centre of Cairns in the thick of the action. Upmarket, classy with a beautiful restaurant, this is a great luxury option.

5. Cairns Holiday House  

Just be local

Cairns Holiday house

 

An affordable home while you are away from home; this excellent budget option is a simple basic 2bedroom house at Cairns Northern Beaches. At half the price of a city hotel but accommodates a family. Don’t expect luxury or all the bells, this is living and experiencing life as a local.

 


6. Park Regis Piermonde Apartments 

Great views over the rooftops of Cairns

Overlooking the Cairns Inlet, this highrise building has a range of family apartments in a great location in Cairns. Luxurious, spacious, within an easy walk to Esplanade, Cafes, Lagoon and Casino.

7. Fitzroy Island

Holiday in the picture postcard

Fitzroy

This gorgeous island 45 minutes off the coast of Cairns has a wonderful feel to it. They have spacious family suites with room to move and great sea breezes. This new resort has plenty to offer with restaurants, pool and most of all the island lifestyle.

8. The Pullman Cairns International

In the centre of luxury

Right in the heart of the city with over 300 rooms, this big grand Cairns hotel also takes families with beautiful upmarket suites. A classy hotel that gives you both, luxury and location. And a marvellous kids pool! But the real bonus is the central location.

9. Palm Cove Caravan Park 

Do your thing

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Got your tent, caravan or campervan? How good is this beautiful caravan park directly opposite the Palm Cove Beach and Jetty. Great for fishing and family activities.

This is a great affordable location for those with their own vehicle.

 

10. Sea Temple Palm Cove

Enjoyment and wellness under stars

Want indulgence? The 5star Sea Temple Resort & Spa at Palm Cove is just a 30 minutes drive from Cairns. Enjoy the luxury resort ambience and high-quality furnishing. Stunning lagoon pool. This upmarket resort has fully self-catering apartments, complete with kitchen. If you don’t want to cook, no worries! There are several dining options within the resort. If you are looking for a 5star resort, this may be worth a look.

In deiner schönsten Zeit am richtigen Ort!

Zum perfekten Reiseerlebnis gehört das persönlich passende Urlaubsdomizil. Du suchst familienfreundliche Unterkünfte in Cairns? Hier findest du eine empfehlenswerte Auswahl verschiedener Familien-Unterkünfte für jeden Geldbeutel: Budget, Mittelklasse, Luxus.

Los geht’s, hol‘ dir unsere Tipps für familienfreundliche Hotels, Selbstversorger-Apartments Wohnmobil-Parks und Zeltplätze.

1. Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

Das Familien-Spaß Resort

Dieser große Caravanpark im Süden von Cairns hat schon einige Auszeichnungen erhalten. Zu seiner Attraktivität gehören viele Aktivitäten für Kinder, ein wundervoller Swimming-Pool und der große Spielplatz. Die Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten lassen keine Wünsche offen: eigenes Zelt auf einem Zeltplatz, kleine Bungalows, luxuriöse Villas.

2. Villa Marine Holiday Apartments 

Kleine Idylle mit Regenwald und Strandnähe

family friendly Villa Marine

Familien lieben diesen beschaulichen Ort, weil er kostengünstig ist und mit Oasen-Flair verwöhnt. Herrliche Regenwaldlage, nur einen Katzensprung vom Strand entfernt! Hier finden Eltern entspannte Ruhe in malerischer Tropen-Atmosphäre und die Kinder einen neuen Abenteuerspielplatz – sogar mit flying fox. Die Attraktion kostete die Stadt Cairns eine Million Dollar. Zu diesem Paradies für Kinder bietet die Villa Marine neun erschwingliche Selbstversorger-Bungalows, drei Mal in Folge ausgezeichnet für den besten Übernachtungs-Standard! Eine klasse Option für die ganze Familie und unbedingt einen Besuch wert.

3. Motorhome and campervan rental

Flexibel und erlebnisreich auf Tour

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Ferien auf Rädern – entdecke den Explorer in dir und genieße jeden Tag die volle Freiheit. Familien finden unter einer Vielzahl verschiedenster Campervans und Motorhomes die ideale Variante für individuelle Touren rund um Cairns und durch Tropical North Queensland. Fahren und sparen? Aber ja:  http://cairnsdiscounttours.com.au  hat sich auf ermäßigte Campervans und Touren in den spannenden Gebieten bei Cairns spezialisiert. Hier kannst du richtig Geld sparen mit den Familien-Packeten.

4. Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

City-Kick auf hohem Niveau

Am Puls von Cairns und ganz nah am Lagunen-Schwimmbad. Eine brillante Option für alle, die den City Lifestyle schätzen – gastronomische Vielfalt, Shopping-Möglichkeiten, Kultur und Entertainment. Das hochpreisige, klassische Hotel mit dem schönen Restaurant ist die Luxus-Option unter den familienfreundlichen Unterkünften.

5. Cairns Holiday House  

Einfach locker lokal sein

Cairns Holiday house

Diese einfache Unterkunft mit 2 Schlafzimmern am Cairns Northern Beaches ist ein kostengünstiges Zuhause für unterwegs. Für den etwa halben Preis eines Stadthotels erwarte keinen Luxus aber eine interessante Erfahrung:

Übernachten wie viele Einheimische und mal näher dran sein am australischen Alltagsleben.

 

6. Park Regis Piermonde Apartments 

Beste Aussichten über den Dächern von Cairns

Die Familien-Apartments befinden sich in einem Hochhaus mit großartiger Lage. Von deinem luxuriösen und geräumigen Apartment aus bietet sich ein grandioser Blick auf das Cairns Inlet. In Fußnähe der Piermonde Apartments liegen die Esplanade, Cafes, der Lagoon und das Kasino.

7. Fitzroy Island

Urlaub in der Ansichtskarte

Fitzroy

Natur pur, bildschöne Strände, nicht einsam sein, aber wundervoll entrückt und irgendwie verzaubert … Hier wirst du es spüren und auskosten – traumhaftes Insel-Feeling 45 Minuten vor Cairns. In den weitläufigen Familien-Suites des neuen Resorts gibt es ausreichend Platz und eine sagenhafte See-Brise on top. Ein großes Angebot an Aktivitäten, Restaurants und ein Pool machen den Insel-Lifestyle perfekt.

8. The Pullman Cairns International

Im Zentrum des Luxus

Direkt im Stadtzentrum von Cairns bieten sich je nach Anspruch und Familiengröße in einem glanzvollen Haus 300 Zimmer sowie Suiten der gehobenen Preisklasse. Ein klassisches Luxus-Hotel mit Stil und allen Vorteilen einer so zentralen Lage.

9. Palm Cove Caravan Park 

Mach dein Ding!

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Du hast ein eigenes Zelt, einen Caravan oder Campervan? Dann brauchst du nur noch diesen herrlichen Caravanpark für eine richtig gute Zeit! Seine Lage direkt gegenüber des Palm Cove Beaches und Jettys machen den Palm Cove Caravan Park zum perfekten Platz fürs Fischen und für Familien-Aktivitäten.

 

Wirklich ein idealer Ort für kostengünstige Übernachtungen bei Anreise mit eigenem Fahrzeug.

10. Sea Temple Palm Cove

Genuss und Wellness unter Sternen

Greifts du als Genießer gerne nach den Sternen? Das 5Sterne Sea Temple Resort & Spa in Palm Cove ist gerade mal 30 Fahrminuten von Cairns entfernt. Das luxuriöse Resort-Ambiente, seine Spa-Einrichtung und die geschmackvolle Ausstattung laden ein, mit Haut und Haaren aus dem Alltag ‘abtauchen’. Der Lagunen-Pool ist atemberaubend. Die hervorragend ausgestatteten Selbstverpfleger-Apartments mit komplett eingerichteter Küche bieten Gelegenheit für vollkommene Privatsphäre. Ausgezeichneten Service und kulinarische Vielfalt gibt es in mehreren Restaurants. Wenn du 5Sterne buchen möchtest, das könnte genau dein Platz sein.

 

Discover Cairns tours. Experience Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy Cairns attractions

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‘All Cairns Tours’ – the motto is the best tours in Cairns: Cairns experiences up and down as well as big highlights till the Outback and to the Great Barrier Reef. Experiencing facets of Australia, in a familiar way or unusual paths, in a big way or just like that … And at the same time well informed, individually advised, well organised. A dream for every traveller, tourist, adventurer and explorer at Australia’s gateway to a fascinating world of experiences. Cairns insider Peter makes it possible with 16 years of experience and the Cairns Beaches Visitor Center. They know what they are doing, and they love it:

 

 

We can book all your Cairns Tours and activities

They have great knowledge on all things in Cairns and are very passionate about the region in Cairns. They provide individual free consultation, simple booking procedures, insider tips and discounts on many offers. Yes, they have special discounts for Germans.

Awards document the quality: The excellent reputation of tour operators and other partners in the network has repeatedly been crowned by AWARDS. Their associated businesses have been honoured with the local Cairns Tourism Association and associated business TripAdvisor Awards. These Cairns experts are recommended in international travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Stefan Loose Travel Guide Book http://www.stefan-loose.de/buecher/ozeanien/australien-der-osten/and Rough Guides https://www.roughguides.com. And they are even famous with locals!

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Hi Germany!

In addition to the international audience, German tourists feel particularly touched: Travel Manager Peter is a member of the Cairns German Club, knows what usually is vital for Germans. By working in Cairns Beaches Information Centre for 16 years, he has developed a distinctive feel for German travellers and offers savings to German customers.

The Cairns Beaches Visitor Centre is located at 8 Rutherford St., Yorkeys Knob Beach Cairns, well worth the trip to get great information. On request and if required, tours with German-speaking guides can be arranged. Just have a look around, to equip yourself with maps and brochures is also welcome.

 snorkeling, diving, Kuranda All Cairns Tours

Cairns by passion – everything and a lot for everyone

Peter not only loves his work, but what tourists make of it. For example the Great Barrier Reef intensively, he will give you the best options for snorkeling and diving. Adventure seekers Peter send on grandiose walks to natural beauties like the Daintree Rainforest or Cape Tribulation. He always has a special tip for your island experiences from Green Island via Fitzroy Island to Frankland Islands. If you say to Peter what you would like, Peter will tell you what is possible for you. Pushing the ball in the sky quiet and peaceful or rather rushing in action? Let yourself be carried away majestically by Hot Air Ballooning, ride wild waves while rafting … Kuranda … Skydiving … National Parks … road trip East Coast … Atterton Tablelands … You can Cairns!

 

Entirely Aussie from breathless to restful and enjoyable

Cairns and all its whole shebang and fun are a cosmos for every guy, all budgets. Make everyone happy, that’s what Peter and his team want to achieve. This goes from the restaurant tip to the individual preparation of a multi-day travel experience full of variety.

And hey, when it’s supposed to be nice or exciting without booking – it’s so much on your own! You want to know where and how? Join the Cairns Beaches Visitor Center, your International & German Agency Cairns. Drop in to the Cairns Beaches Visitor Centre for lots of great free information, free maps, guides, brochures, National Parks information and guides written in your own language including the ultimate guide to driving the Great Barrier Reef.

If you can’t get to the Visitor Information Centre, not a problem. They can provide information and bookings by phone 07 40557158 and email info@allcairntours.com.au

German Tourism Agency Cairns

Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre

8 Rutherford St.

Yorkeys Knob Beach Cairns

info@allcairnstours.com.au

All Cainrs Tours

Tel (07) 4055 7158, international +61 7 4055 7158

Business hours: Mo-So, 08.-18.00 Uhr

Just a short 10 minutes drive from Cairns. If you don’t have a car, they can easily assist you over the phone or via email.

 

 

Cairns entdecken. Cairns erleben. Cairns genießen.

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‘All Cairns Tours‘ – das sind die besten Touren in Cairns. Cairns-Erlebnisse rauf und runter sowie big Highlights bis ins Outback und zum Great Barrier Reef. Facetten Australiens erleben, auf bekannte Art oder ungewöhnlichen Pfaden, im großen Stil oder mal eben so … Und dabei gut informiert, individuell beraten, top organisiert. Ein Traum für jeden Urlauber, Reisenden, Abenteurer und Entdecker an Australiens Tor zu einem faszinierenden Erlebnisreich. Cairns-Insider Peter macht ihn möglich mit 16 Jahren Erfahrung und dem Cairns Beaches Visitor Center. Die wissen was sie tun und sie lieben es:


‘We can Cairns‘

Profitiere von deren umfassenden Erlebnisangebot in und um Cairns: hier bekommst du individuelle kostenlose Beratung, einfache Buchungsabläufe, Insider-Tipps und Ermäßigungen auf viele der 500 Angebote.
Auszeichnungen dokumentieren die Qualität: Der gute Ruf von Touren-Veranstaltern und anderen Partnern im riesigen Netzwerk wurde mehrfach durch Awards gekrönt.

Die Partner-Tourismusunternehmen durften sich wiederholt als Cairns Tourism Association über TripAdvisor Awards freuen. In internationalen Reiseführern wie Lonely Planet, Stefan Loose Travel Guide Book Australien und Rough Guides werden diese Cairns-Experten empfohlen und selbst Einheimische lieben sie.

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Hallo Deutschland!

Neben dem internationalen Publikum fühlen sich deutsche Touristen besonders angesprochen: Travel Manager Peter ist Mitglied im Cairns German Club, weiß was Deutschen in der Regel wichtig ist. Durch die 16 Jahre Arbeit im Cairns Beaches Informations-Zentrum hat Peter ein besonderes Gespür für Gäste entwickelt.
Das Cairns Beaches Besucher-Zentrum befindet in der 8 Rutherford St., Yorkeys Knob Beach Cairns, in unmittelbarer Nähe zur ‘Villa Marine’. Die Fahrt hierher lohnt sich, um klasse Informationen zu bekommen.
Auf Wunsch werden Touren mit deutsch sprachigen Guides arrangiert. Einfach reinschnuppern, um sich mit Kartenmaterial und Broschüren auszustatten ist auch willkommen.

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Cairns by passion – alles und für jeden viel

Peter liebt nicht nur seine Arbeit, sondern was Touristen daraus machen. Willst du zum Beispiel das Great Barriere Reef intensiv erleben, nennt er dir die besten Optionen fürs Schnorcheln und Tauchen. Abenteuerhungrige schickt Peter auf grandiose Walks zu Naturschönheiten wie den Daintree Rainforest oder Cape Tribulation. Immer hat er noch einen speziellen Tipp für deine Inselerlebnisse von Green Island über Fitzroy Island bis Frankland Islands. Wer Peter sagt wie er drauf ist, dem sagt Peter was für ihn drin ist. Ruhige Kugel schieben am Himmel oder lieber reinstürzen in Action? Lass dich majestätisch treiben beim Hot Air Ballooning, reite wilde Wellen beim Rafting … Kuranda … Skydiving … Nationalparks … Road-Trip Ostküste … Atterton Tablelands … You can Cairns!

Absolut Aussie von atemlos bis erholsam und genussvoll

Cairns und sein ganzes Drum und Fun sind ein Kosmos für jeden Typ, alle Budgets. Alle happy machen, das ist es was Peter und sein Team erreichen wollen. Das geht vom Restaurant-Tipp bis zur individuellen Ausarbeitung eines mehrtägigen Reise-Erlebnisses voller Abwechslung.

Und hey, wenn`s mal schön oder aufregend sein soll so ganz ohne Booking – es geht so viel auf eigene Faust! Du willst wissen wo und wie? Komm auch dazu ins Cairns Beaches Visitor Center, deiner International & German Agency Cairns.

Informationen oder Buchungen auch gerne per Anruf und Email!

German Agency Cairns

Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre

8 Rutherford St.

Yorkeys Knob Beach Cairns

info@allcairnstours.com.au

All Cairns Tours

Tel (07) 4055 7158, international +61 7 4055 7158

Öffnungszeiten: Mo-So, 08.-18.00 Uhr

Nur 10 Minuten nördlich von Cairns. Wenn du keinen Mietwagen hast, ruf einfach an oder lass dich per Email beraten.

 

Pacific Eden on-shore tours, excursions Cairns, Port Douglas can be purchased at the local price rather than through the ship. Pacific Eden passengers can purchase all their onshore tours at local prices rather than the cruise ship price from Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre Why pay more?  Purchase your Cairns tours at the local price and save.

Pacific Eden docks in Airlie Beach, Yorkeys Knob Cairns and Port Douglas giving cruise ship passengers 3 great ports to experience different on shore tours and activities. This includes excursions to Kuranda rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.  The best place to see the reef is from Cairns and Port Douglas whereas Kuranda is best visited from Yorkeys Knob.  Phone our Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre on 07 4055 7158 for the latest and up to date details for Yorkeys Knob, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach.

Once arriving in Yorkeys Knob, the ship will moor just off the coast and you will be tendered in to shore to the Yorkeys Knob Marina.  The length of time of the tendering process largely depends on weather conditions on the day.  Usually it only takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

The Tourist & Visitors Information Centre at Yorkeys Knob Beach Cairns can book all your on-shore tours at the local price.  Compare our prices against those on the cruise ship.  Contact our office on 07 4055 7158 for more specific information on tours that suit Pacific Eden. The most popular tour for Pacific Eden passengers is to Kuranda.  Enjoy the Kuranda markets, rainforest walks, the Kuranda Heritage train and the amazing journey over the rainforest canopy in the Skyrail gondola.  Other popular tours include Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Centre.

If there is a specific tour you would like to do such as a scenic flight over the reef just advice and we will organise your booking.  Contact us to organise pick-up and drop off at the Yorkeys Knob Marina where your tender arrives and departs from. The Kuranda tour and others have transfers included in the price so there is no need to book on your cruise ship.

Pacific Eden from Port Douglas is ideal for taking trips to the Great Barrier Reef or an island experience.  Going to Low Isles is a great alternative to Green Island and through us you can make significant savings.

For all onshore tours from Port Douglas for cruise ship passengers contact us and ask for our Port Douglas Tour Specialist to assist you with great local knowledge and cheaper prices.

Passengers, who don’t wish to do any onshore tours but would rather just spend a relaxing day at Yorkeys Knob, can take a five minute walk to the Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre at 8 Rutherford Street, Yorkeys Knob.  We can organise a day package for the use of Villa Marine resort Villa Marine Resort.  You will have the full use of the resort facilities which can include the use of a Villa.  Swim in a huge salt water lagoon pool facing rainforest, purchase cold drinks, local souvenirs and post cards.  The friendly staff are there to offer great local information and assist you with other onshore cruises you would like to book in other ports.

Pacific Eden is a cruise ship of P&O Cruises Australia and was built for the Holland America Line in 1993.  In November 2015 it was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed to Pacific Eden.  She can accommodate 1,258 passengers and 557 crew. Pacific Eden’s final voyage will depart on 16 March 2019 before being transferred to a new cruise ship operator in early April 2019.

The Pacific Eden is a food-lovers dream, with 16 dining experiences on board ensuring you’ll never be lacking in options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This includes P&O Cruise’s newest innovation to the dining at sea experience “The Pantry”, which replaces the traditional cruise buffet with a marketplace of fresh, quality food options in eye-catching dining décor.

Pacific Eden features a top deck pool with a climate controlled retractable roof, ensuring you’ll always be able to take a dip whenever you want. You won’t have to worry about buying adapters either – as an Australian-based ship, the Pacific Eden features Australian power points and pricing on board.

We hope you have a great cruise on Pacific Eden and we look forward to assisting you with all your onshore excursions from Cairns, Yorkeys Knob, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach.

C. Broussard – Avid cruise ship passenger & travel writer

Going to Cairns and concerned about jellyfish (stingers)? Would you like more information on stingers and stinger suit hire? If so, contact www.allcairnstours.com or Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre phone 07 4055 7158.

Stinger suits provide protection from marine jellyfish such as the box jellyfish, Irukandji and others found in Australian waters around Cairns. There is a range of stinger suits available. The best option is the full length, ultra-lightweight, cool, breathable and with an optional hood. The North Queensland version of a stinger suit is called a onesie. They cover your whole body except for your face and offer a high level of sun and jellyfish protection. In fact, we go to the reef and use the stinger suits ourselves.

Cairns reef day tour operators take precautions to protect their guests from the effects of Cairn’s jellyfish. Briefings are provided on the boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef, giving you all the information you need to be informed. All operators offer guests a range of stinger suits for their comfort and protection. Suits are available in child to adult sizes.

Drop into All Cairns Tours at Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre situation at 8 Rutherford Street, Yorkeys Knob where you will see our range of stinger suits. Book your reef trip through All Cairns Tours.com (www.allcairnstours.com) where all tours we book for you have the option of stinger suit hire. When booked through All Cairns Tours, we cover the cost of stinger suit hire for you meaning your trip to the reef costs you less and is safer.

Some operators include these suits in their standard ticket price, while others will charge a fee usually close to $10. Fashion-wise, stinger suits carried by Cairns reef day tour operators come in a range of colours, from light sky blue to navy, red, yellow and even green. These may not look the best in your reef photos but they will add protection from any cairns jellyfish you may encounter.

So why wear a stinger suit in Cairns?

There are a lot of very important reasons for implementing the stinger suit:-

· Late October to June is stinger season in North Queensland (including as far south as the Whitsundays), however each year the season can start earlier and finish later. You can’t rely on stinger season fitting exactly to these dates and you should always make your own enquiries as this information is only a guide and should not be fully on.

· For an added bonus, stinger suits also protect you against the harsh tropical sun. This is especially important when snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef as sunburn on your neck, back and the back of your legs can be a painful reality. By wearing a stinger suit and not using sunscreen, you are helping the coral reefs.

· If you are wearing a brightly coloured stinger suit whilst snorkelling off the back of a boat, it also makes it very easy for the tour operators to spot you and send help if you’ve swum too far away.

· They are a lot easier to get on than a wetsuit!

These ultra lightweight lycra suits are made from breathable fabric that doesn’t absorb water. They basically provide a layer of second skin, which is not as easily recognisable to jellyfish.

When a jellyfish’s tentacles touch the stinger, it is said that it doesn’t perceive the person wearing it to be an animal, marine creature or human.

In other words, it won’t consider you a threat and release venom from its tentacles as it brushes past.

Unfortunately, jellyfish are very hard to see under water so a stinger suit covering most of your body is a very safe and wise choice, even if you do look less photogenic.

Stinger Prevention on Cairns Beaches

· Always swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags.

· Look for and obey safety signs and check the lifesavers’ report.

· Don’t enter the water when beaches are closed.

· Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for help and advice if you need it.

· Don’t touch marine stingers washed up on the beach, they can still sting you.

· Do not interfere with stinger-resistant enclosures (nets), or sit on floating pontoons In tropical waters it is also recommended that you take these additional measures.

· Swim in the stinger nets where provided.

· It is recommended that a full-body lycra suit, or equivalent, be worn to provide a good measure of protection against marine stings, particularly during the stinger season, which generally runs from late October to June.

· Enter the water slowly – this gives marine stingers time to move away.

· Don’t swim when beaches are closed.

Symptoms of Irukandji stings may take 20-40 minutes to develop. At last count, there were approximately 20 such cairns jellyfish nets in the waters across North Queensland. The nets consist of a fine and extremely strong, a floating “boom” which visually marks the perimeter for swimmers and takes the net’s protection to the water surface, and the net itself, which is weighted down so as to sit on the ocean floor.

The actual stinger net is a 25mm square mesh. It does not inhibit the water/tidal flow but does serve to ‘keep out’ the larger box jellyfish from the enclosure. Please note: Smaller box jellyfish can still pass through the nets, which are also patrolled by surf lifesavers, so precaution and protection should be taken including wearing a stinger suit.

For more detailed information on marine stingers or for booking tours with stinger suits, just contact us at All Cairns Tours or drop into us at the Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre. Phone 07 4055 7158 or email info@allcairnstours.com.au.