Tag Archives: Cairns

Beating the Baggage Allowance

Baggage Maximisation!

Avoiding the excess baggage charge!

These days airlines charge a fee for the baggage allowance which was once included in all air travel tickets.

Therefore it is handy to know what IS the baggage allowance for each of the domestic airlines in Australia and what they charge for the privilege.

We found Webjet has a handy domestic guide. Click here for Australian Domestic Airline Baggage Allowances.

Flight Centre also has a comprehensive airline guide including International Baggage Allowances. Click here for International Baggage Allowances.

It is also good to know that this is a combined bagged allowance. You can take as many bags as you like, as long as the total weight does not exceed the allowance.

Armed with this knowledge is was Michelle’s responsibility to pack the bag for our short weekend excursion to Cairns, North Queensland.

The challenge had been set, one bag between the two of us and it had to include my Mega Huge Afro Wig and the costumes for the 70’s Disco Birthday Party, the reason for our trip.

They say a photo is worth a thousand words, and the photo above proves, to Michelle’s delight, her impeccable packing ability!

With a grin, and a quick photo for proof at the checkin counter, Michelle proudly announced, “Challenge Completed!”

Well done Michelle, you can pack my bags any day!

What is your best story for getting away with excess baggage?


Stung by Trees or Eaten by Crocodiles…..

Fantastic MTB Trails

Checking out the trails at Smithfield MTB Park

Talk about an adventure holiday destination, Cairns in Far North Queensland has it all.

From Bungee Jumping in the rainforest with the world famous AJ Hackett team, to Jet Ski Croc Spotting Tours in the Trinity Inlet. Cairns has all types of activities for the risk seeking, daredevil, globetrotting tourist.

Sounds fun but I thought I would stick to a more safer Mountain Bike excursion out at Smithfield Mountain Bike Park.

After an hour or so of riding through the dense and very humid rainforest along the very well made single track I was exhausted and decided to pull up under the shade of a tree for a breather and some cold water.

I rested the bike against a tree and took a seat and fished out a muesli bar from my back pack. It was a very relaxing  spot amongst the rainforest trees, with a cool breeze and just the bush turkeys for company.

The trails were great to explore and some very challenging.

Unfortunately the northern half of the park was closed in preparation for the trail upgrading for the World Cup in 2014.

Rainforest MTB Trails

Beware the Stinging Trees

Smithfield Mountain Bike Park is highly recommended and the 2014 MTB World Cup a must see,  just watch out for the stinging trees if you are venturing off the beaten tracks.