Traffic jam warning for liner sightseers in Cairns
SIGHTSEERS are being urged to stay away from Yorkeys Knob tomorrow to see one of the world's most famous cruise liners, the Queen Mary 2.
Onlookers are being asked to travel to other viewing spots to prevent traffic snarls at the beachside suburb between residential and sightseeing motorists and the dozens of buses ferrying hundreds of passengers to and from the Cairns CBD and on tours.
The police, Tourism Tropical North Queensland and the suburb's boating club are urging people to stay away to make the visit by the well-heeled passengers as disruption-free as possible during the 12 hours.
Sen Constable Russell Parker said Trinity Beach was a better place to see the ship.
He said Yorkeys Knob could get congested after the ship anchored off-shore at 7am.
"No road closures are planned and the Yorkeys Knob boat ramp facilities will remain open for use," Sen Constable Parker said.
"Police will be conducting traffic control in the area and we are reminding motorists that there may also be some short traffic delays in order to ensure the safety of locals and visitors alike."
TTNQ sales and marketing director Brian Hennessy said up to 2620 passengers would be on board.
"It will be an incredible sight and being a Saturday (seeing the ship) will be high on the agenda for many locals to see," he said.
"Yorkeys Knob will be very busy with a huge volume of passengers being transferred to and from the ship during the day so we are recommending people admire the ocean liner from one of the nearby beaches to avoid the possibility of traffic congestion.
"There are great vantage points at both Palm Cove and Trinity Beach where people can relax over a coffee or a meal and admire the Queen Mary 2."
Other viewing places are the Kuranda Range and Copperlode Dam road look-outs.
Cairns and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre volunteers are to greet passengers at Yorkeys Wharf and at the Esplanade Lagoon when they arrive on shuttle services during the day.
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Iconic liner: The Queen Mary 2 anchored off Yorkeys Knob last year.