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Insight Pocket Guide: Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef (Insight Pocket Guides) Paperback – 15 Mar 2010


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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Insight (15 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812821414
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812821416
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 0.9 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Packham on 28 April 2011
Format: Paperback
The Insight Guides come in many forms, but this one is exactly what it says on the cover, a pocket guide, and in that guise I think this book is very useful. The Insight Pocket Guide to Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef is only about 100 pages and is nice & slim (5mm thick) to take on your travels. I lived in Cairns for a year & used it frequently when I had visitors or wanted to explore on a day off from work. My parents (who would live in Cairns if they could) also take it with them on every trip.

The book starts with a 10 page history & culture section, which is quite brief & generalised before following the usual Insight Pocket Guide formula. The book contains many maps of the area of varying standards, but you would be wise to get a road map of the area if going outside of the city.

In the first section of the book there are 8 "itineraries" set in & around Cairns, the first takes in the North end of the city, the botanical gardens & RFDS base, whilst the subsequent ones take you slightly outside of the city to Kuranda (including information on the Train & SkyRail), walking around the rainforest & Port Douglas & the Tablelands. The information provided is functional & useful (i.e. phone numbers, websites & opening times) but not hugely detailed; I do think that is mainly because you will learn the background detail as you actually visit the places. It does give you addresses & numbers for visitor centres etc for further information as well as a few restaurants to visit, but it is NOT a comprehensive guide. The itineraries are very descriptive & give you clear directions to follow & advice on what to take with you & how to get the most out of your day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Elkin on 7 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
This guide is only of any use if you are planning to hire a car. It doesn't mention all the excursions you can do by coach, only reviews one company offering snorkeling trips and about 3 hotels in Cairns. I didn't find it of any use when planning my trip but if you are a driver it gives full details of how to get to places however don't expect much in the way of description of the places themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By davidoff on 13 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
This guide is rubbish. I bought it for a list of the main sights in Cairns and the pull out map, assuming it was a city map of Cairns. The map is of the east coast (on an enormous scale), it has a small town map but only the major roads so isn't much use. It does not have the main sights, it just has lists of trips to do in your car or walks in random places, as if you are too thick to plan your day yourself. It also has day trips away from Cairns, so if you don't want to go to Cairns this Cairns guide is good.
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By J. Bearne on 9 Mar 2014
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Bit too big for carrying around compared to other guides and has all basic info. Quite good but not enough ideas on trips in the area
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By helen ward on 8 Nov 2013
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Off to Cairns next year with family. Just had a quick look at this book, need to study it more have found it holds lots of information.
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