Shaolin in Cairns for Chinese NY
PORT Douglas’s Chinese junk Shaolin has sailed into the Cairns Marlin Marina for the first time to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Shaolin Junk Cruises owner operator Flynn Bickford said the junk had a storied history in Asia that would be shared with passengers.
“It’s an authentic junk from China built in 1969,” he said.
“It was used as a shell-col- lecting vessel around Palau and Guam.
“The owner passed away and his wife couldn’t sail it, so she had to sell it.
“That’s how it came to be in Port Douglas.”
After buying the boat two years ago, Mr Bickford and his wife Skye decided it was finally time to bring a genuine Chinese experience to Cairns for Chinese New Year.
“Skye spoke to the Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year organisers who said it would be a great idea,” he said.
“In Port Douglas we hardly ever have Chinese passengers, we mostly have domestic and European visitors.
“Hopefully it’s the same in Cairns and we can give locals and European visitors and maybe even Chinese visitors a genuine Chinese experience.”
The junk will make four trips out of the Trinity Inlet daily from today (February 8) for $50 per person.
Flynn Bickford, owner and skipper of Shaolin, at the Marlin Marina, Cairns