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Lifestyle : Discover North Queensland 2012
1HERSA1 U002 LONG ISLAND RESORT The Whitsundays The perfect tropical island getaway. Includes 30% discount for a minimum 3 night stay. Free Kids Club 4-14yrs. Kids stay and eat for free. 1800 075 125 longislandresort.com.au * Based on stay in Garden Room for 2 adults and kids stay and eat free 0-14yrs. Discount applied to rate - total package $483. Valid for sale and travel to 31/3/13, conditions apply. PER PERSON PER NIGHT STAY 3 NIGHTS FROM $8050* CLOSE-UP BIRDING ADVENTURES David (Chook) Crawford Cape York, Iron Range & Wet Tropic Endemic Bird Specialist Phone 07 4094 1068 Mobile 0437 331 519 www.closeupbirding.com.au -we'll get you closer- Hamilton Island luxury apartments, villas and exclusive homes. www.whitsundayholidays.com.au | 1300 653 997 Contact us 7 days per week. **Reduced rates available in May and June!** QUEENSLAND C e C kt w & the C C t He vey B y & the Su h e C t L w H , L g e ch & The Gu f C t T w v e AUSTRALIAN AIR HOLIDAYS Phone1800 815 906 Email: email@example.com www.australianairholidays.com CapeYorkand Torres Strait Islands Fly from Sydney to Townsville. Join our private charter 33 passenger aircraft for the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy amazing scenery and stand on the most northern tip of Australia. This is a 'must do' experience. Prawn luncheon cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria Fly 'low and slow' along the Cape York picturesque coastline 2 nights accommodation on beautiful Thursday Island Enjoy a special Thursday Island fresh crayfish lunch Horn Island 'In their steps' tour and visit a local museum Stand on the most northern point of Australia Stay overnight at Cooktown - then fly over coral reef May 31 (3 seats last minute - SAVE $400*), June 28 (full), July 5 (limited seats), Aug 23. All inclusive fare: $5 045 per person twin share. $350 single supplement. Highlights include: *Conditions apply 5 days - Visit Australia's most northern tip Tulloch Adv 1716 AG5086842AA-060512 Cairns is the launching pad for action tours and the natural beauty of the tropical north, writes Jane E. Fraser. Tropical punch Aholiday destination that caters to kids of all ages -- without sacrificing the enjoyment of parents -- is a valuable thing. Tropical north Queensland's combination of outdoor activities, family restaurants, animal encounters and affordable accommodation makes it a holiday spot of choice for many Australian families. It is a region with countless organised activities, from reef trips to jungle adventures, but also plenty of simple (read free) pleasures such as splashing about in the Cairns esplanade lagoon or having a picnic in the botanic gardens. There are family-friendly accommodation options spread right along the coast, from Cairns to Port Douglas and smaller towns in between. It's not all about the coastline, either, with plenty of things to see and do in the parks and rainforest that make up the lush hinterland. Best of all, you don't have to spend all day flying to get there, with a flight time of just over three hours from Sydney to Cairns. Where to stay The Big 4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort recently opened a new water park where younger children can spend hours splashing around while older kids swim in the resort pools, jump on the giant pillow or play sports such as basketball and tennis. In Palm Cove's Paradise Palms Resort, you'll find a recently expanded adventure playground and facilities including swimming pools, a jumping pillow and mini-golf, with the under- fives area thoughtfully placed next to the restaurant terrace so parents can watch with coffee in hand. The Pelicans in Paradise park is also open to day visitors, with reasonable entry fees. At the upper end, both geographically and price-wise, Peppers Beach Club in Port Douglas is suitable for families, with accommodation including two- and three-bedroom suites and a kids' club operating during school holidays. A cheaper resort option is the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, which has a huge lagoon-style swimming pool complete with a sandy beach. The hotel has good family packages including free meals, welcome gifts and cartoon network for kids . . . and wine for parents. Coconut.com.au; paradisepalms.com.au; peppers.com.au; novotelcairnsresort.com.au. Eating with kids In such a family-oriented and relaxed destination, almost every restaurant welcomes families, especially early in the evening. The Court House Hotel in Port Douglas is great in warm weather; ask for a table on the upstairs deck. The landmark hotel dates back to 1878 and has a strong Queensland vibe, with views out to the water, ceiling fans and casual dining. The Trinity Beach Tavern, about 20 minutes north of Cairns, is another good option for eating out without spending a fortune or worrying about the tablecloths. The tavern has a huge balcony overlooking the beach and kids can eat free any day of the week if adults spend more than a certain amount. The tavern's PlayStation room brings the promise of peace and quiet while you wait for the food, and there are children's entertainers on Saturday nights. If you want to take the kids somewhere for a treat, the cafe in the Cairns Botanic Gardens has fresh waffles with options such as ''Death by chocolate'' and the banana with caramel sauce. At-the-courty.com; trinitybeachtavern.com.au; cafebotanic.com.au. Fun things to do One of the best things to do with kids in Cairns is let them loose in the huge 2 TRAVEL Special report SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD
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