Cairns Colonial Club Resort

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The sun was barely peeking over the horizon as my plane descended into Cairns. The views were incredible: the lush tropics of Far North Queensland beneath a sky blushing with the first hints of dawn. I was Sarah, the adventurous travel writer from New York, a world away from the concrete jungle I call home. I was here for one thing - the Cairns Colonial Club Resort, an enigma that straddles the line between a tropical haven and a suburban retreat.

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Cairns Colonial Club

The first thing I noticed as I entered the resort was the contrast: the manicured lawns, orderly colonial buildings, and the looming, vibrant rainforest that seemed to hold its breath at the resort's edge. I couldn't help but admire how it blended modern amenities with a raw, primal setting. It was like a sanctuary in the heart of the wild, held at bay by unseen forces.

The staff greeted me with genuine warmth, a refreshing antidote to the impersonal, scripted greetings I’d experienced at other places. I remember Lisa, the receptionist, who'd moved here from Sydney for the 'laid back lifestyle', and Paolo, the charming Italian chef who treated the resort's 'Terrace' restaurant like his own little corner of Rome.

The first thing I noticed as I entered the resort was the contrast: the manicured lawns, orderly colonial buildings, and the looming, vibrant rainforest that seemed to hold its breath at the resort's edge. I couldn't help but admire how it blended modern amenities with a raw, primal setting. It was like a sanctuary in the heart of the wild, held at bay by unseen forces.Cairns Colonia Club PoolCairns Colonial Club Resort Pool

My room was comfortable, air-conditioned, a serene refuge from the tropical heat. Yet, the real charm of Cairns Colonial Club Resort lay beyond the confines of the indoors. The three outdoor pools glistened in the sunlight, surrounded by sun loungers and vibrant umbrellas. Kids splashed around, their laughter filling the air, while their parents relaxed poolside, cold drinks in their hands.

Days were spent lazily strolling around the property, exploring the hidden corners of the sprawling resort, or indulging in the family-friendly activities. The mini-golf course was an unexpected delight, and the proximity to the Cairns Botanical Gardens, a verdant Eden of diverse flora, added to the appeal.

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As night fell, the Thirsty Flamingo Poolside Bar came alive. It was like a pulsing heart at the center of the resort. This is where friendships were kindled, stories were shared, and the spirit of Cairns truly came alive. The live music and vibrant chatter created a symphony of enjoyment. Tucking into my burger, the crunch of the batter-fried Barramundi echoed the laughter that filled the air, and I understood why Paolo insisted his pasta dishes would 'fill your soul with love and happiness'.

The Cairns Colonial Club Resort, with its endearing blend of suburban tranquility and tropical charm, felt like a home away from home. It's ideal for families seeking a balance of relaxation and fun, and for those who don't mind being slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of Cairns' city center.

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However, for those seeking a resort that places them in the heart of Cairns, with a bustling nightlife and beach at their doorstep, the Pullman Cairns (see Cairns resort reviews) International may be a better fit. It lacks the colonial charm, but offers stunning views of the harbour and mountains, and a more vibrant city experience.

Cairns Colonial Club Resort gave me more than just a stay; it gave me stories to tell, characters to remember, and a deeper understanding of the Cairns way of life. I left with a piece of Cairns in my heart, and a promise to return to this place where the suburbs meet the jungle.

Cairns Colonial Club Resort Review

Location: 3.5/5 - The Cairns Colonial Club Resort is nestled in the suburb of Manunda, near the airport, which makes for a convenient location. It's also near the Cairns Botanical Gardens, a great attraction for nature enthusiasts. However, being in the suburbs, it's slightly removed from the heart of Cairns city and its bustling nightlife.

Accommodation: 3.5/5 - The resort boasts 345 air-conditioned rooms that provide comfort and convenience to guests. The rooms are cozy with colonial charm, offering free WiFi. However, they don't offer views of Cairns' iconic harbour or mountains, which might be a disappointment to some visitors.

Amenities: 4/5 - Cairns Colonial Club Resort offers three outdoor pools, a mini-golf course, a children's playground, and a hair salon. The Thirsty Flamingo Poolside Bar & Dining and "The Terrace" provide a variety of dining options. Yet, it lacks a wellness center, which could be a potential drawback for some travelers.

Service: 4.5/5 - From my research, the staff at Cairns Colonial Club Resort is frequently lauded for their warm, welcoming service. Their genuine interactions contribute greatly to the overall pleasant experience.

Value for Money: 4/5 - Considering the range of amenities, the family-friendly environment, and the pleasant service, the resort offers reasonable value for its price. However, those seeking a more city-centered location or luxury accommodation might not find it the best value.

Overall, Cairns Colonial Club Resort is well-suited to families seeking a balanced experience of relaxation and recreational activities in a more serene, suburban setting. It's also suitable for travelers who appreciate a laid-back environment and don't mind being a bit removed from the city center.


  1. Located in a tranquil suburban setting away from the city's hustle and bustle.
  2. Offers a range of amenities such as three outdoor pools, mini-golf, a hair salon, and a children's play area.
  3. The Thirsty Flamingo Poolside Bar and Dining provides a lively, family-friendly dining experience with a varied menu.
  4. Proximity to Cairns Botanical Gardens offers easy access to one of Cairns' main attractions.
  5. The resort's family restaurant, "The Terrace," offers authentic Italian cuisine in a casual, relaxed environment.
  6. Genuine, friendly staff create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
  7. Free in-room WiFi and self-parking for convenience.


  1. Its suburban location might not be appealing to those who prefer to stay in the heart of the city.
  2. Limited nightlife options within walking distance.
  3. The colonial-style architecture may not be to everyone's taste.
  4. Does not offer views of the harbor or mountains, which are prominent in Cairns.


  1. Family-friendly resort with 345 air-conditioned rooms.
  2. Multiple dining options including an international cuisine family restaurant and a poolside bar.
  3. On-site amenities such as mini-golf, a playground, and three outdoor pools.
  4. Convenient location near Cairns Esplanade and close to the airport.
  5. Offers services like luggage storage and concierge services.

Scores: On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the Cairns Colonial Club Resort a solid 7. It provides a comfortable, family-friendly experience with ample amenities and dining options. However, its location may not be the most convenient for those seeking a more urban experience in Cairns. If the resort's tranquil, suburban setting aligns with your vacation preferences, then it offers great value for its price.

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