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Cairns Icon Gets A Facelift

Long before Cairns was considered a bucket-list destination, local developer and visionary Ian Thomas executed his concept to create a unique tourist haven reflecting colonial-style architecture in a tropical setting.

Built in 1985, the Cairns Colonial Club Resort originally comprised of 151 rooms built around a tract of ancient rainforest. This unique concept allowed guests to experience the natural beauty of the region up close and immediately created a buzz with locals, travel agents and international tourists alike.

The resort was such a resounding success that the construction of 129 new rooms quickly followed and in 1992 another 65 high-end rooms were added around the perimeter of the popular Club Pool which sported one of the region’s first swim-up bars.

The bright yellow and green butterfly adorning the tropical logo was widely recognised and the Cairns Colonial Club soon became known across the globe as Tropical North Queensland’s leading leisure resort.
Today, the resort is owned by Good Earth Hotels, a family enterprise based in Singapore. Set amongst 11 acres of award-winning tropical rainforest gardens are 345 spacious accommodation rooms, 3 lagoon-style pools,
a heritage-style Conference and Functions Centre plus Thirsty Flamingo,
a new Poolside Bar & Dining outlet.

Currently undergoing a welcome transformation, the Cairns Colonial Club has recently restored 50 Garden View rooms, 66 Superior rooms and 30 Studio rooms which now all feature brand new bathrooms and modern decor reflecting the colours and serenity of the surrounding rainforest. The remaining rooms are due for completion by December 2020.

A popular venue for weddings, functions and conferences, the stand-alone Functions Centre at the resort features a dramatic, heritage-style ballroom, wide timber verandahs and a romantic rainforest gazebo.

Innovative dining options and exotic cocktails matched with friendly service and a relaxed, contemporary setting make the all new Thirsty Flamingo, Poolside Bar & Dining outlet the perfect place to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

Future plans for the resort include a modernised entry foyer as well as the launch of a unique themed restaurant. “It’s exciting to have the commitment and resources to realise our vision of restoring this iconic property to its former glory” says Jo Neill, Director of Sales & Marketing, “We are especially appreciative of the local community who has supported us over the past 30 years and continues to do so through this welcome renovation.”

The Cairns Colonial Club embraces the spirit of hospitality and has a global reputation for providing excellent value while combining modern facilities with warm and friendly service.

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