$100 Day : Cairns by Kate Richards (aka AdventureMumma)

$100 Day


We’d like to introduce a local blogger in Cairns – Kate Richards.  She is a mum to 2 very active kids, prefers the great outdoors to crafting or cooking any day. She is also an adventure and social media junkie, photographer & videographer. A true local of Tropical North Queensland and love sharing family adventures.




We asked her, if she has $100 and a day to spend in Cairns with a friend, what would she do?  Here are her suggestions…


1. Start down on the Cairns Esplanade & take advantage of the free activities on offer – Aqua Aerobics at 8.30am or join the 5km Park Run from 7am.


2. Check out the Esplanade Markets that run Saturday from 8am-4pm right next to the Lagoon.  If you need to have a shower after your workout, there are facilities next to the lagoon.


3. Catch the 131 bus from the Cairns City bus station on Lake Street to the Botanic Gardens.  Single paper tickets are $4.80 per person and are valid for two hours. On Saturdays, the 131 bus leaves the Cairns City bus station every hour on the hour and takes 15 mins to get too the Botanic Gardens.


4. Explore the Botanic Gardens, climb Red Arrow for views of Cairns and the Northern Beaches, then check out the Tanks Art Centre for local Art Exhibitions (10-2pm).


5.Catch the bus back to the Cairns City bus station and head to Rusty’s Fruit Market for lunch at one of the Rusty’s Food Trucks on the Sheridan St side.

approx. $20



From here there are two options – the relaxing option and the adventurous option.


The Relaxing Option


6. While you’re at Rusty’s, grab some fresh fruit & vegetables (for a BBQ later) from the market stalls.

approx. $10.00

7. Walk back to the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon & take a dip in the lagoon. Listen to some live music on the lawns (2-5pm).


8. Visit Prawn Star at the Cairns Marina for some Fresh Local Seafood for dinner.  Purchase a kilo of Banana Prawns for $25 with lemon.  Ask for a tub of their special Prawn Star Sauce.


9. Cook dinner on the BBQs on the Cairns Esplanade.


10. Use your leftover to enjoy a cocktail and schooner of Little Creatures at the Salthouse.



approx $87.60



The Wildlife Option


6. After lunch, head to the Cairns Wildlife Dome for an interactive experience with some native animals.


7. Share a large pizza from Oasis Kebab for dinner.


8. Head to the Salthouse for a pair of Great Northern schooners to wrap up the day.



approx $106.60



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Cape York

Eating Out : Out of the Blue Cafe, Portland Roads QLD

Cape York


We heard a rumour that a café at Portland Roads was well worth visiting, with claims that it was possibly the best seafood on the Cape.  We weren’t super hungry but figured that a coffee couldn’t hurt.  If the café was that good, then the coffee should be excellent.  We rocked up at around 10:30am and had just missed out on breakfast, so we checked out the lunch menu instead.


Most of it was seafood – prawn rolls, Greek-style calamari, and fish and chips – and they also had a selection of cakes and hot beverages.  Dave went with the plunger coffee while Juz ordered the chai tea.  Both were $4 and there was enough in both to get two serves.  The coffee came with a little pot of milk while the chai tea was served with a dish of local honey.


Cape York


It would have been silly to leave without trying some seafood so we ordered the seafood medley for $29, which included four boiled prawns, four tempura prawns and two pieces of crumbed fish with fresh lemon, tartare sauce, a crisp salad and the best damn chips we have in ages.  We are happy to say that the rumours are true – best damn seafood on the Cape.


Cape York


The chef came out from the kitchen to collect our crockery and when we complimented him on his chips, he told us there’s a guy who often travels over a hundred kilometres regularly just to get some of these chips!  Considering how good they were, we weren’t surprised at all.  We ended up having a long chat with the chef about photography, side projects and life in the tropics.  Before we left, he gave us a soursop fruit from the café gardens, which we ate on our way south to the quarantine checkpoint.


We really enjoyed the food, the location and the conversation we had at Out Of The Blue Café.  If you happen to find yourself out near Lockhart River or Chilli Beach, you should definitely duck in and check it out – don’t forget to try the chips!



Port Lincoln Marina

City Profile : Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln is the Seafood Capital of Australia and has the largest commercial fishing fleet in Australia.  It is located on Boston Bay with Boston Island in the distance and is inhabited by 14000 people.  It has a great natural harbour and the town revolves around fishing, boating and diving with sharks and tuna.


The first Europeans arrived in 1839 and while there was a lot of potential for Port Lincoln to have become South Australia’s capital, another spot was chosen because of a lack of fresh water.


We were stoked to arrive on the last day of Tunarama and did a bit of fishing at the breakwater which nearly resulted in tuna for dinner.  Unfortunately, we weren’t lucky at all and spent the night at Lincoln National Park.




Every year at the end of January, Port Lincoln hosts Tunarama, a huge festival that exhibits the culture and spirit of the city.  Port Lincoln has a great fishing history and in the 1960s, the community used to come out and send off the tuna fleets, blessing them with a successful trip, and they’ve maintained this annual tradition throughout the decades.


There are heaps of things to do over the four-day festival.  The famous tuna toss has several heats for all ages, with the final toss on the Sunday.  This year’s winner was Tim from Canberra who tossed the tuna over 30 metres.   There are also a variety of competitions, such as sand sculpting, keg rolling, prawn peeling, watermelon eating, and even for the best tattoo at the festival.



The foreshore is filled with sideshows, carnival rides, food stalls and free entertainment and we watched in awe as giant tuna and squid kites flew over Boston Bay.  We sampled the local goods, including a $5 tuna steak served with bread and salad.  It was cooked just right, with a little bit of pink in the middle.  A lady was giving out free fruit, which we thought was a great idea, and a teeny, tiny puppy was stumbling around and we couldn’t help but give him a cuddle.




Boston Bay Wines

The Eyre Peninsula is a budding wine region, but Boston Bay Wines has been around for 25 years after the founder, Graham Ford, was told that the slopes could yield a good drop.  They produce a variety of wines, from Riesling to Shiraz, and also accommodate for weddings, business events and other celebrations.


We took a break from the Tunarama celebrations to check out the wines and these were our favourites.


  • 2012 The Great White Sauvignon Blanc – lots of tropical fruits on the nose like passionfruit and peach, and while the entry was crisp and acidic, it finished smooth with lots of stone fruits.
  • 2010 Merlot – rich ruby with purple hues, it smelt ripe with sweet fruits and currants.  The entry was smooth and silky with a vanilla mulberry finish.
  • Riesling Mistelle – a golden liquid with a hint of orange, it was sweet with stewed fruits, raisins and honey.  A smooth entry was followed by a spirited punch and lots of fruit and toffee.


We also got to sample some pure, unprocessed grape juice.  It was similar to pear juice, yellow and cloudy and beautifully sweet.


Winter Hill Lookout & The Old Mill

Only 5km out of town is Winter Hill Lookout that offers an amazing view of the town below and the ocean beyond.  The Old Mill is located in town and is an old unfinished mill with a spiral staircase around the outside.  It gives a great view of the town and Boston Bay.



Makybe Diva Statue

The owner of three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva is a fisherman from Port Lincoln.  The bronze statue was made by a local artist and took nine months to complete.


The status of Makybe Diva


Lincoln National Park

A short drive south of Port Lincoln is a national park with a rugged coastline that offers coastal hikes, great beaches and camping with or without facilities.  Fees apply to enter and camp in Lincoln National Park and these fees contribute to park conservation and maintenance of facilities.



We stayed at Surfleet Cove and did a quick hike in the morning along the Investigator Trail before driving further into the park to check out the Cape Donington Lighthouse and beautiful campsite at Spaulding Cove.  If you plan to stay there, watch out for the bees.  They love water!





Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre – 3 Adelaide Place, 08 8683 3544


Port Lincoln YHA – 24-26 London Street, 08 8682 3605