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Warming Eat in & Take Away Food #

With winter around the corner, we’re looking into more places to grab a warming soup or meal to eat in or takeaway to enjoy under covers at home. Below are the places we recommend that will k... Read More

Direct International Flights to and From Cairns #

Did you know that there are more than 10 direct international flight paths from Cairns? You could visit Japan in just one flight or even Hong Kong! You may be someone from outside of Australia read... Read More

O'Cha Cha Japanese Dining & Tea #

Hidden away in Palm Court on the same street as North Cove, sits a little Japanese restaurant named O’Cha Cha Japanese Dining & Tea. The restaurant has recently celebrated their recogniti... Read More

Zhanjiang Friendship Garden #

Two years ago, the Cairns Botanic precinct celebrated the unique Sister Cities relationship between Cairns and the Chinese city of Zhanjiang. By doing so, a contemporary style garden was built that... Read More

Where to Cuddle a Koala #

Koalas, which originally used to live in the rainforest but due to evolution now live in Eucalypt Woodlands, are recognised worldwide as the symbol of Australia.  Take the opportunity to cuddl... Read More

Kitchens in the Apartments #

Are you the type of person who appreciates homemade meals? Do you refuse to buy takeout? Are you unwilling to give up your domesticated dignity for a slice of Domino’s pizza? Our self-contain... Read More

Port Douglas Hosts the Longest Lunch Again #

Port Douglas is once again hosting the ‘Longest Lunch’ at the Rex Smeal Park under the palms. Following the success of the event last autumn. The long table style lunch lets you indulge... Read More

The GC2018 Commonwealth Games in Cairns #

This year’s Commonwealth Games was the fifth time Australia has hosted.  Our country welcomed more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations. Not only was it th... Read More

Cairns Aquarium #

Cairns Aquarium

Do you want to see all the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef up close and personal, without getting wet? Check out Cairns’ latest attraction – the Cairns Aqu... Read More

Angus & Julia Stone Coming to Munro Martin Park #

Having grown up in the northern beaches of Sydney, the Stone siblings are well adjusted to the summer heat. We recognise them of their dreamy indie pop sounds and romantic wistful lyrics. It w... Read More

Free Onsite Parking at North Cove #

We all know it can be a little frustrating to pay for street parking for a mere few hours in town. It’s even more frustrating to constantly pay for it when staying for an extended period at a... Read More

April 2018 School Holidays #

Despite the heavy rains recently, this April is shaping up to be a fantastic time to visit Cairns! The waterfalls are full and putting on a huge display, and the plants are lush and lively! With pl... Read More

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures #

If you’re going to visit Cairns, it’s a necessity to meet a crocodile at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures! Only 40 minutes drive from Cairns and 30 minutes from Port Douglas, t... Read More

Mount 'N' Ride Horse Riding Adventures #

With my sister-in-law in Cairns to celebrate her recent High School Graduation, we thought a great graduation present would be to take her horse riding with Mount 'N' Ride. 

Lo... Read More

Crystal Cascades | Things to Do #

Crystal Cascades is a popular swimming hole with both locals and tourists alike.  A constant stream of fresh water from the Redlynch Valley means that Crystal Cascades are the perfect spot to ... Read More

Raging Thunder Canyoning Tour #

Despite living in Cairns for the last 19 years, little did I know that the renowned swimming hole, Crystal Cascades, would transfer into its own natural playground – the cool kids on the play... Read More

The Float Studio #

The Float Studio is only a 6-minute drive from North Cove Apartments! 6 minutes to the ultimate relaxation!

Float tanks are somewhat of a new concept, and often a bit foreign to people, b... Read More

Christmas Events in Cairns 2017 #

A tropical Christmas is almost upon us and school holidays are rearing to go! If you’re looking for something ‘Christmasy’ to do with the family this festive season, Cairns has pl... Read More

Cairns on a Fork | 25 November 2017 | Family Activity #

Cairns on a fork is a not-for-profit organisation that showcases the best of the street food culture around Cairns in a family friendly environment. Different locations are regularly selected for p... Read More

Down Under Cruise & Dive | Tours in Cairns #

Did you know more than 400 (or one-third) of the world’s coral species can be found in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area?

On the weekend that just passed, I was lucky enoug... Read More


Yes, the Cairns Aquarium has been long in the making.  Yes, it’s opening date has been delayed, but as of the 19th September, 2017, you and your family can expect to be awed by the vast ... Read More

Cairns With Kids #

Cairns in tropical Far North Queensland is brimming with fun-filled activities for kids of all ages. From water activities, animal encounters to thrilling tours and adventures, there is guaranteed ... Read More

Cairns Festival 2017 | The Family Event of the Year #

The Cairns Festival has always been among the most popular family events for locals and tourists alike, with so many events to keep people from all walks of life. If you haven’t booked y... Read More

Carnival on Collins on Father’s Day #

A giant day of family fun on Dad’s special day! Carnival on Collins on Father’s Day features loads of free entertainment for people of all ages – even Dad!

For the garde... Read More

UberEATS comes to Cairns #

Uber has revolutionised the world and created a convenient answer to increased cost of transportation, heavy traffic, and inflated taxi fares.  Since taking a strong hold on the ride-sharing c... Read More

Kuranda Day Trip #

Escape to the greenery of rainforests and cascading waterfalls on a Kuranda day trip. Spend time in the quirky little village of Kuranda browsing markets and shops and visit some of its great attra... Read More

Midnight Oil @ Kuranda Amphitheatre #

It’s shaping up to be a huge event for Cairns and the Kuranda Amphitheatre, with Midnight Oil performing at the revamped amphitheatre on 7 October 2017.

More than two decades a... Read More

Cairns Esplanade Fun Ship Playground #

Ahoy there kids! How would you like to climb aboard the Fun Ship on Cairns Esplanade for hours of nautical fun?

Locally referred to as the “pirate ship”, this playground has amp... Read More

Cairns Cup #

It’s that time of year again to dress up in your finery and get along the the Cairns Cup! This year this iconic event is being held over two Saturdays with Ladies Day Saturday 5th August and ... Read More

Tamarind Restaurant #

This week Thursday was the first date night we’ve had since the birth of our beautiful little girl, Charlize.  My mother graciously volunteered to babysit her for us while we ventured ou... Read More

Cairns Botanic Gardens #

Stroll into the lushness of a tropical garden paradise during your stay in Cairns at the Cairns Botanic Gardens located in Collins Avenue, Edge Hill.

The gardens are divided into five sec... Read More

Cairns Show #

There will be all the fun of the fair at this year’s Cairns Show, happening this year from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July.

Checkout these fantastic fun-filled attractions:

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Waterbar and Grill #

So if you’re wandering around town looking and you come across the Waterbar and Grill, unless you’ve made a reservation, chances are you’re going to have to wait. This place is qu... Read More

Cairns Festival #

The streets of Cairns are going to come alive with ten days of partying at the Cairns Festival!

The 56th annual Cairns Festival will feature a range of free and ticketed events across the... Read More

Tenderhooks @ Yorkeys Knob Boating Club #

The fridge was looking a little bare this weekend, so we decided to head out to Yorkeys Knob to check out the restaurant at the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club, Tenderhooks for a light lunch.

T... Read More

Coffee Works | Tour #

On a lazy Saturday afternoon, my parents, Minh and I decided we’d take a little road trip up the Kuranda Range to Coffee Works.  Located just 1 hour from Cairns, Coffee Works is located ... Read More

The Courtyard | Cairns #

The Courtyard is a new establishment in Cairns which is decked out to give you a relaxed garden feel.  A large venue offering an American style menu and even having some late night snacks avai... Read More

Blazing Saddles Quad Biking #

Blazing Saddles Adventures is the longest recognised horse riding and quad bike tour company in Far North Queensland. The great part is the company is locally owned and operated. This tour is locat... Read More

Ganbaranba Ramen Restaurant #

Ganbaranba Ramen Restaurant is a Japanese Ramen Noodle Bar located in the heart of Cairns City.

We were introduced to Ganbaranba by friends of ours who are definitely foodies, and have al... Read More

Discovery Tours Australia | Half Day Tour #

Discovery Tours Australia’s Half Day Rain Forest & Waterfall Tour is a great option for those who have a limited time in Cairns to see all the beautiful rain forests and waterfalls.  ... Read More

Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise #

My family and I enjoyed a night out on the Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise. Extended family who we hadn’t seen in many years were up for a visit and it was the perfect opportunity to showcase ... Read More

Vivo Palm Cove | Eating out in Cairns #

Minh and I don’t normally venture too far out of the city for dinner.  After all it’s usually a last minute... Read More

Figtree Playground #

The Figtree Playground is a beautiful gem.  This wooden playground is built around and hides amongst a large fig tree on the Cairns Esplanade near the Cruise Liner Terminal in the centre of Ca... Read More

The Paleo Cafe | Cairns #

The Paleo Café was first established in Cairns in October 2012, when the founding family discovered the health benefits it had on their family and saw potential to share these findings with ... Read More

Down Under Cruise and Dive #

Down Under Cruise and Dive departures leave from Cairns every day!  Evolution is one of the fastest boats with comfortable seats and is offered at an affordable price. The crew will give you t... Read More

Corpse Flower #

A Corpse Flower at the Cairns Botanical Garden recently went into full bloom causing excitement for locals and tourists alike.  We ducked down at lunch time to have a look and this rare and mo... Read More

Skedaddle Outer Reef Tours #

Up until recently, access to the Outer Reef could not be achieved in a half day unless you make use of a helicopter for a one way transit to/from a pontoon.  Although the views over the reef f... Read More

Pho Viet | Vietnamese Noodle Bar #

Pho Viet is like our local watering hole. Being Vietnamese, Minh enjoys a good beef pho (beef noodle soup), and after trying out what seems to be every Vietnamese restaurant/café in Cairns, ... Read More

Mama Coco Cafe #

Minh and I don’t get many opportunities to go out for breakfast in Cairns unless we get up at the break of dawn… and let’s face it… I don’t rise easily. A couple of ... Read More

Raging Thunder Hot Air Balloon #

Having set my alarm for 4am, I knew that on most days I would struggle to operate on just 6 hours sleep (Kate would simply not operate at all). However on most days, I don’t have the opportun... Read More

Waterbar & Grill #

So if you’re wandering around town looking and you come across the Waterbar and Grill, unless you’ve made a reservation, chances are you’re going to have to wait. This place is qu... Read More

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures #

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to learn about the evolution of Australians wildlife, where you can explore Hartley’s at your own pace. Some of these awesome attraction... Read More

The Paddock #

A tip off from a horse-riding instructor from Blazing Saddles pointed us in the direction of ‘The Paddock’. Having not really noticed this restaurant before, we made the special effort ... Read More

Raging Thunder White Water Rafting #

We recently had friends from Perth come to Cairns for a visit and they decided that they’d check a lot of things off their bucket list ... Read More

Green Ant Cantina #

Green Ant Cantina seems to be a locals secret but is the optimal choice when Eating Out in Cairns... Read More

Esplanade Active Living | Free Things to do in Cairns #

The Cairns City Council is on the forefront of community health and fitness by running a large variety of activities called ‘Active Living’ on the Esplanade for every age group to enjoy... Read More

ATV Cairns | Tour Review #

Some would consider the rain as a bit of a dampener on their touring during their holiday to Cairns, but the recent wet weather has opened up a world of opportunity in the ATV world!  Imagine ... Read More

Shangri-La Cairns | North Restaurant #

On Valentine’s Day this year, Minh booked us in for a relaxing 5 course dinner at North Restaurant in the Shangri-La on the Cairns Pier. I felt very spoiled when we walked in when we were gre... Read More

Chinese New Year 2015 | Cairns #

The Goat is the eighth sign the in 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

People born in the year of the goat are believed to be gentle, mild-mannered, sympathetic and brimming with a stron... Read More

Dim Sum Cairns | The Golden Boat #

In honour of the upcoming Chinese New Year, we thought we’d provide a review on Dim Sum; a very popular Chinese custom.  Its hard to beat The Golden Boat when trying to find the best Dim... Read More

Bungy Jump Cairns | AJ Hackett | Tour Review #

Recently Minh and I took to the skies and indulged in a Bungy Jump and Minjin Swing combo.  We even managed to drag my mum along on the jungle swing.

Although it did start to rain qu... Read More

Smith St Cafe #

Next time you’re in town, why not check out Smith St Cafe – This cool little cafe located just down the road from us here at North Cove.

As you walk into this stylized cafe, e... Read More

The Salt House #

The Salt House has a very relaxed and sophisticated ambiance and is a very popular spot for locals and tourists to hang out for a couple of drinks, tapas and/or dinner.

Knowing the qualit... Read More

Sir David Attenborough visits Cairns, Queensland. #

Sir David Attenborough recently visited Cairns to film an upcoming nature documentary. Although his visit was somewhat quick, the regular visitor to the Far North Queensland region is welcomed with... Read More

Great Barrier Reef & Daintree scenic flight | GSL Aviation #

Minh was kind enough to look after the office while I had the opportunity to take a Great Barrier Reef & Daintree scenic flight.  It was great to check out the new kid on the block in Cair... Read More

Dining @ Dunwoody’s Tavern #

After a full day at the reef, hunting the elusive clown fish and trying to get your duck dive right, you finally make it back to your apartment just to pretty yourself up to head out for dinner aga... Read More

Ocean Spirit | Michaelmas Cay #

So this month, Kate and I thought we would try something different and head on out to Reef on a sail boat. This opportunity to sneak out of the office for a day and make our way to Michaelmas Cay w... Read More

Sunlover Reef Cruises Cairns #

Minh and I got the opportunity to head to the reef last week on an absolutely stunning day. We headed out with Sunlover to their pontoon on the outer reef, with a quick stop over at Fitzroy Island ... Read More

Kimchi and Richy – Korean BBQ #

We recently had a friend from the west stay with us for a week and decided to take her out for her first Korean BBQ experience, which needless to say, she enjoyed just as much as we did. Korean BBQ... Read More

Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Inn #

Excellent place with friendly service!

We ordered the seafood pasta and some fish thing Kate ordered.
What won me over was that they sold Blue Moon an American craft beer best served ... Read More

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