Crossfit Great Barrier Reef in Cairns

by Mike on May 21, 2014

I found a few affiliates in the Cairns area, but the closest one from the Central Business District(CBD) is the CF Great Barrier Reef affiliate.  I managed to hit a few WODs around my live aboard dive trip.

I called the affiliate and inquired about dropping in.  Jojo on the other end of the line, said “no problem,” and asked where I was coming from so that she could send me directions.

Sure enough a few minutes later, detailed directions arrived via text.  This was probably one of the smoothest exchanges I had with an affiliate.  If every exchange went like this whenever I inquired about dropping in, I would have no problems scheduling my days rather than anticipating a call back.

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef Entrance

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

WOD area

Anyway, on my first drop in, I made it for the 4:30p class and met Jojo in person.  This affiliate is pretty small so every knows each other pretty well as evident from the post WOD group pic.


On one of my sessions, there was another visitor from the States and she shared the same friendly feeling I experienced.  If you’re ever in Cairns for a diving trip, be sure to drop in for at least a WOD.

The WOD for one of my drop-ins was:


  • Snatch with overhead squat


  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
  • Wall Balls
  • Chest-to-bar pull ups
Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

WOD Board

At the beginning of the class, I was introduced as a visitor, which is always a welcoming sign.  I can only recall only a few affiliates that introduced visitors.  I feel it emphasizes the community aspect that Crossfit brings about.

Additionally the introduction always makes it easier for other members to strike up a conversation by asking “where you from?” or “how long you here for?” otherwise they simply assume I’m another member or a new member who they have not seen yet.  I got a sense that this box is very friend with each other as evident by the following post WOD group picture.


With the WOD, I found myself pushing through the WOD on the wall balls, the chest to bar was something I broke up on the second and third rounds and my blisters were tearing open(not a pretty sight).


The gym is a repurposed mechanics garage(practically all CF affiliates are like this) with a high bay garage door.  There’s a loft area to store your gym bags and such(It also makes for a good viewing area if you’re spectating a WOD).

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

To loft area

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

View from loft area

The gym does have a shower and changing area, but regular members from what I can tell rarely use it and just head home.  This is a 180 degree contrast from the affiliates in Seoul, South Korea.

In a separate room, there are a few Olympic lifting station.

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

Lifting Room

I don’t have pictures of it, but they do have a massage table, which is something I’ve seen at other affiliates.


The easiest way is by car, which will take less than 10 minutes.  I rented a bicycle and cycled to the affiliate.  It took about 20 minutes on the bike.  There’s a bit of cars on the road so if you’re unfamiliar with riding with traffic, I would recommend against riding there.

Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

Bike Ride to Crossfit Great Barrier Reef

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