The Cairns Post (Aus), January 4, 2002
Keanu Bids Cairns Adieu
Keanu Reeves excellent adventure in Far North Queensland appears to be over, with a chartered jet flying his entourage out of Cairns. Their chartered Boeing 727 jet left the International airport about 1.30pm yesterday. The Hollywoood hearthrob had booked out the luxury resort of Double Island, since at least Boxing Day. Star couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston reportedly were among the celebrities on his guest list.
Reeves, 37, who was seen riding a Harley-Davidson, went white water rafting on the Tully River, enjoyed a day on the Great Barrier Reef and celebrated at the Reef Casino.
Television star Wallace Langham, 36, who played Josh Blair in Veronica's Closet , was one of his pals who joined the trip.
Reminiscent of Reeve's heroic performance in hit 1991 film Point Break, 16 of his friends went skydiving with Paul's Parachuting on Wednesday. Reeves was a last minute cancellation but his friends had a blast jumping from 14,000 feet.
'They wanted to jump on to Paradise Palms gold course- I'm not sure why- but we weren't allowed to do it,' Pauls parachuting manager said. I think that's why Keanu didn't end up doing it. He wanted to jump on to Paradise Palms for some reason.'
Another small group made bookings for a round of golf but the manager could not say who was in the group.
On Boxing Day, the star and his friends mounted Harley Davidsons - 10 in all - and rode to the Whyanbeel Valley, north of Mossman. A couple of days later they were seen at the Casino.
In the Whyanbeel Valley, High Falls Farm owner Helen Steley treated the group of about 25, including Reeves and Langham, to a lunch of Barramundi fish, a salad and fries, and a sample of local exotic fruits.' We talked about the area and fruits, we were told not to ask anything personal.' The fruit farm visit was prearranged with instructions to keep it secret. 'We were told they would be well known but not who they were. We thought it would be a football team. We weren't allowed to get photos or autographs, although we were dying to. The group of Americans were all very quiet and having a good time but complained about the heat.
'They were so hot,' she said 'They went for a swim in Whyanbeel Creek which is still quite cold. Mrs Steley said the extremely large security men were pleasant but diligent in searching for prying eyes.