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In just over 2 ¾ hours Jetstar Airways can fly you direct from Newcastle to Cairns, a world-renowned holiday playground, packed with adventures to suit every type of traveller.

We sent the Stars of Channel 9’s Travel Guides program on our inaugural flight to Cairns for a 3-day tropical getaway. For those of us who are unfamiliar with Travel Guides, Newcastle locals – the Fen Family, have been the stars of Travel Guides for 4 hilarious seasons. Mark, Cathy, Victoria and Jonathon have made a name for themselves test driving holiday locations around the world and are known as loveable bargain hunters, who don’t take life too seriously.

So, who better than the Fren Family to review our newest tropical holiday destination? Their verdict is a stress-free 5/5 stars.

Mark -
"This is my kind of holiday. You can do as much as you want or as little as you want. It’s chilled out, it’s relaxed."

Cathy –
“Coming to Cairns is a great getaway for the whole family. It’s affordable, it’s relaxing and if we want to do one of those day trips, they’re well worth it.”

Victoria –
“It’s the best we’ve ever seen the Great Barrier Reef. I think this is the perfect destination.. can party, you can do tours, there’s heaps to offer here in Cairns.”

Jono –
“I love the atmosphere down at the lagoon and esplanade in Cairns. The Skyrail through the rainforest is amazing.”

Watch the video below to discover Cairns with the Fren Family.

Cairns Holiday Facts

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Make a day of the Skyrail Rainforest cableway experience and discover the secrets of the world’s oldest rainforest. Our travel guides started at the Smithfield terminal, just 15-minutes’ drive from Cairn’s city and glided above the pristine jungle canopy in a glass bottomed gondola called the diamond view. On the way they stopped at Red Peak for a ranger guided tour and Barron Falls with panoramic gorge and waterfall views.

A roundtrip experience takes approximately 2½ hours, allow 2-3 hours additional time to explore Kuranda Village.

Skyrail: Return Experience

  • Adult $85.00
  • Child (4-14 years) $42.50
  • Family (2 Ad + 2Ch) $212.50

For more information visit the Skyrail Rainforest cableway website.

Moore Reef – outer reef tour from Cairns

Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on this outer reef tour on a Sunlover catamaran that departs from Cairn’s Marina and docks alongside a floating pontoon stationed in a natural coral fringed lagoon. Our travel guides experienced a guided snorkel tour and Seawalker helmet dive, as well as full use of the pontoon facilities including waterslide, enclosed ocean pool, glass bottom boat, underwater observatory, touch tank and snorkel equipment. 

Full day Reef tour

  • $199 adults
  • $109 kids
  • $507 family


  • Guided snorkel tour - $49 adults $29 kids
  • Seawalker Helmet Dive - $99 adults and kids

This is a full-day tour. It’s a 2-hour trip to the outer reef, expect to check-in from 8:30am and return to Cairns Marina at 5:30pm. 

For more information visit the Sunlover Reef Cruises website.

Cairns Esplanade and Lagoon

The Cairns Esplanade is a 2.5km stretch of picturesque foreshore that features landscaped parklands, playgrounds, recreational facilities and a stunning 4800sqm saltwater swimming lagoon that offers an all-year-round, safe, swimming location without stingers and crocodiles.

Opening hours:

  • Thursday to Tuesday 6.00am to 9.00pm
  • Wednesday 12.00pm to 9.00pm (closed for weekly maintenance until midday)
  • Lifeguards are on duty while the lagoon is open.


While in Cairns the Frens stayed at Crystalbrook Flynn, a 5-star resort overlooking Cairn’s marina.

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