Cable Ski Cairns

I will be totally honest with you, when one of my mates suggested visiting Cable Ski Cairns on our day off I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I don't think I even really understood what it was. But nevertheless I thought I would give it a try I mean how hard could it be...

Cable Ski Cairns is located around 10 minutes north of the city centre and set in beautiful surroundings. From here you can see the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway line running deep into the rainforest and all the mountains that surround it.

Even if you are not planning on trying Cable Skiing yourself, it's the perfect location to go chill out, they even have a small bar with drinks and food available throughout the day (plus you can laugh at your mates falling over).

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For those of you, like me, who are clueless about the idea of Cable Ski-ing – here is a brief overview. To put it simply it's water skiing but in a man-made lake and instead of being dragged around by a boat you hold onto a cable. This in itself makes it seem so much safer as the cable only goes a certain speed and the cable won't suddenly change direction and make you lose balance like the driver of a boat can.

At Cable Ski Cairns you can try water skiing, wake boarding or even knee boarding all of which require different techniques and equipment. All equipment is provided in the cost, this includes all the boards, life jacket and helmet.

I tried knee boarding to start off as this is technically the easiest. At the start of the course you will he handed a cable by instructors which will then lead you around the track. With the knee boarding you basically kneel on a custom made board and hold on for dear life. Surprisingly you actually move very quickly along the water and it's harder to stay on than it looks, especially when navigating corners. It's a great work out for your arms though – I couldn't lift mine for days after using muscles I didn't even know I had.

Wake boarding and Water skiing does require a bit more skill though – Skill which I did not have. In theory it seemed relatively easy, the instructors talk you through everything you need to do and off you go. Thing is though as soon as you feel the rope pull you forget everything they have just told you and in my case wobble and then fall off.

Even though I was not very good at it, unlike some of the pro's racing around the lake, it was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cable Ski Cairns was a great place to visit to try something a bit different and a great way to cool off on a hot day (it's guaranteed you will fall in the water at some point)

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