Where to eat crocodile in Cairns, not a problem. Several good Cairns restaurants serve crocodile as a main meal or as an on tray. Restaurants like Ochre are famous for their crocodile meat, wallaby, emu and kangaroo meals.

Where to eat crocodile in Cairns?  Why not eat crocodile opposite the natural home of the crocodile. Dundee’s restaurant located adjoining the Cairns Inlet, serves crocodile and has sample plates with crocodile and kangaroo.

Where to eat crocodile in Port Douglas?

Where to eat crocodile in Port Douglas, why not try one of the best gourmet experiences in Australia. In particular, Flames Of The Forest at Port Douglas is known for high end dinning. The Saturday night menu features smoked crocodile rillettte and is part of a 6 course tasting menu or for a budget experience enjoy the Famous Mocka Pies from Port Douglas with their famous crocodile meat pie.

Drop in to Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre for brochures, tips and discounts on all crocodile experiences and Cairns attractions for instance, Flames of the Forest & Hartleys Crocodile Farm.

Hartleys Crocodile Farm. Collect discounted entry vouchers from Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre

For us, the best value crocodile meals in Cairns has to be Hartleys Crocodile Farm, as the where to eat Crocodile in Cairns place. At the same time, watch massive crocodiles cruise the lagoon while you munch on a croc burger. Also Fancy crispy croc, crocodile caesar salad, crocodile spring rolls or marinated crocodile skewers. 

Whatever choice Hartleys Croc Farm has you covered as amazing place to experience crocodiles and to eat then too.

Information and Bookings for Crocodile Tours

Best of all Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre has discounted entry into Hartleys Croc Farm. 20 year local experience, this Visitor Centre is famous for their knowledge and expertise on Crocodiles and Cairns tours. Even National Geographic have visited them.

Well worth the drive to Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre at 8 Rutherford street, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Cairns. Phone 07 4055 7158, email: info@allcairnstours.com.auIn other words, Collect a Hartleys Crocodile Farm information brochure, crocodile show schedule and special discounted entry vouchers into Hartleys Crocodile Farm.

Where to hire towels in Cairns? We looked for where to hire towels in Cairns but couldn’t locate a towel hire business. My family wanted to rent towels to go to The Great Barrier Reef and also to the Cairns beach.  We finally ended up having success hiring towels through The Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre. Phone 4055 7158. They had a large number of towel rentals . They hire beach towels and sarongs for as long as you need. This worked out ideal not having to buy a towel in Cairns , just hiring one instead .The towel hire was cheap at $3.50  per towel. This is better for the planet when you hire and the rental towels were clean and of good quality.

This Visitor Centre has other hire and rental items as well , such as stinger suits and snorkel equipment at  cheap rental prices .Going to Port Douglas . Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre also does towel hire for Port Douglas customers . Just drop by the Visitor Centre and hire the beach towels you need.

Cairns Towel hire

Beach towel hire $3.50

Cairns towel hire through Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre was easy. I just turned up and hired towels on the spot. Other people pre order their beach towel rental  in advance. The Visitor Centre  is just 80 meters back from the  beach. I was able to use the towel rental straight away at the beach and was very pleased with the quality of the towels we hired

Towels and sarongs for purchase were also available if you wanted your own beach towel rather than a hire towel. To rent a towel just visit Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre. They are at 8 Rutherford St Yorkeys Knob Beach  phone 40557158 info@allcairnstours.com.au

Free Cairns Towel Hire

Free Cairns towel hire is available through Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre. To get a  free towel hire towel you just need to book a tour to the Great Barrier Reef or any other Cairns Tour through Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre. We have great discounts OFF Cairns Tours, for families, groups, seniors, backpackers and schools.

The friendly staff  have extensive  knowledge of Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef and assist you with free tour bookings to all Great Barrier Reef and Island locations. They had every  Great Barrier Tour from Cairns and  Port Douglas. Bonus, tours booked through them receive free beach towel hire or a free sarong. Sarongs make a great alternative to renting a beach towel and are lighter and dry quicker.

Beach towels, where to buy in Cairns, isn’t difficult if you are looking for a standard beach towel. There are many shops selling cheap towels in Cairns. The best beach towels and sarongs , we found in Cairns were by the beach,  at Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre.

This Visitor Information Centre was a surprise find. Not only very knowledgeable on Cairns tours they also had lots of discounts and savings off cairns attractions, as well as  great range of beach towels, sarongs and other souvenirs.

Beach Towels $9.90 each

Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre had quality towels but at a cheap price with beautiful tropical designs and the towels were great to take to the Great Barrier Reef or to the beach and they cost us just $9.90 each. The same towel was selling in Cairns for over double at $20 each .We were really pleased with our bargain buy and the great visitor information they provided free on Cairns. 

We found most Cairns Hotel don’t let you take their white  hotel towels to the Reef . Buying your own beach towel in Cairns make sense. Its a great souvenir of your trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

Locally designed souvenirs and gifts from Cairns

Cairns Beach Visitor Centre had other beautiful towels with Great Barrier Reef designs by local Cairns artist . Packaged beautifully, these  make great gifts and presents. We really appreciated that these towels were designed by a local Cairns artist and we loved the colorful fish and Great Barrier Reef scenes.

They had two beach towel designs with local scenes from the Reef off Cairns. The Green Island Beach towel, showing Green Island and the famous green turtles. The other towel depicts local colorful reef fish and coral. They cost us $16 each . We loved buying a towel designed here in Cairns that supports a local Cairns artist.

They had other locally design Great Barrier Reef and Green Island souvenirs.

Where to hire beach towels in Cairns –

Where to Hire beach towels in Cairns was not easy, we gave up finding a towel rental place, as the shops we visited didn’t hire towels, but when we visited Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre , towel and sarong rental was available. This must be the cheapest towel hire in Cairns at $3.50 per towel .

Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre are located at 8 Rutherford street, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Cairns. Phone 07 4055 7158, info@allcairnstours.com.au . It was well worth the drive .

Their famous Visitor Information Centre had the largest range of Cairns tours and you get great savings there and the best towel and sarong range.

Buy sarongs, towels and souvenirs at Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre, Yorkeys Knob beach, Cairns.

Sarong… where to buy in Cairns?. Looking for sarongs that are different and make unique gifts. There are many sarong shops that sell sarongs in Cairns and the cost, quality and design vary greatly.

The best sarongs we found were out by the beach just 10-15 minutes from Cairns City Centre at the Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre. Yes  a surprise find, Not only a very helpful Cairns Tourist Information Centre, with great knowledge of Cairns tours,  but they also have a range of unique gifts and presents including a fantastic sarong range.

They had quality sarongs with beautiful tropical designs that made great presents. Being light weight, they dry easily. These were ideal to use at the beach or out on The Great Barrier Reef.

There are many cheap sarongs in Cairns but the quality can be poor. So we were really pleased to buy beautiful sarongs complete with the buckle.

The cost of the sarong we bought  was cheap; they have a big range of sarongs from just $12.50 each. Making it an affordable gift from Cairns for the family and friends. We really loved the sarong accessories like the buckles made out of coconut shell. They have a big range of sarongs accessories, made out of both, wood and coconut shell in many designs.

Cairns Sarong Shop

Buy sarongs and souvenirs at Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre, Yorkeys Knob, beach Cairns.

With over 50 different designs available to buy I think this must be the largest range of sarongs in Cairns. There are more sarongs here than I found at any other Cairns sarongs shops. 

The Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre has a large range of sarongs, including designs with Great Barrier Reef fish, turtles, the local gecko, tropical flowers, coral designs, rainforest butterflies, tie dye sarongs, plain sarongs and nature designs.

Hand made and , hand painted sarongs   and sarong dresses are hard to find but The Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre had some beautiful designs including hand painted sarongs with turtle designs. They even let you try out the sarong and they had other unusual Cairns souvenirs as well as free map, discount vouchers to get into Cairns attractions cheaper and savings off Cairns Tours, so the short drive is very worthwhile and you can go to the beach there as well, as the Cairns Tourist Information Centre, 8 Rutherford street Yorkeys Knob Beach, Cairns is just 50 meters from Yorkeys Knob Beach esplanade, you can phone them on 07 4055 7158 and ask them about their range           

Sarongs have multiple names across many cultures including pareo, pareu, lava lava, longet, etc. But what ever sarong wrap you are after, I’m sure you will find it here.



Free bus transfers from Port Douglas to Cairns when you book a Foaming Fury White Water Rafting Tour on the Barron River.  Enjoy white water rafting on the Barron River and get your bus transfers for free for next two months from date of the publication of this blog.  Free return transfers from Port Douglas when you contact the Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre – www.allcairnstours.com.au

Do you want discounts off entry into many of Cairns attractions?

Do you want discounts off entry into many of Cairns attractions?  We can also offer great local rates and special rates for families, pensioners and seniors.  We can also assist you with transport from Port Douglas to Cairns.  Just call our office on 07 4055 7158 and we can organise all your tours and transport details.  Bus from Port Douglas to Cairns and return we can also assist you with this if you are not wanting to go white water rafting but want to get to Cairns for the day or you are interested in doing other tours from Port Douglas and Cairns with free bus transfers included.  Just call Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre who has a large range of Cairns and Port Douglas tours.


Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre

8 Rutherford Street
Yorkeys Knob Beach, Queensland 4878
Australia:    07 4055 7158
International:  +61 7 4055 7158




Free Quicksilver Bus Transfers to Port Douglas from Cairns and the Cairns Northern Beaches when you book a Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef tour through us at www.allcairnstours.com.au

Save the cost of a return coach to Port Douglas as we pay for your bus transfers to Port Douglas for you in a luxury coach.

Normally this would cost you $32.00 per adult and $16.00 per child for coach transfer to Port Douglas to go on Quicksilver.  This is a fantastic reef trip for all the family as you will experience the world famous Agincourt Reef.  .  This award winning company will pick you up directly from your accommodation.  Just phone us to tell us where you are staying and we will organise everything for you to make your trip to the Outer Barrier Reef on Quicksilver a day you’ll never forget.

Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information Centre

8 Rutherford Street
Yorkeys Knob Beach,  Queensland  4878
Australia:    07 4055 7158
International:  +61 7 4055 7158


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

family friendly campervan engl

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


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

family friendly Palm Cove Caravan park engl


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

family friendly campervan engl

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


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!

family friendly palm cove dt

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.


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