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Beautiful, sunny Cairns undoubtedly enjoys the best weather of any of Australia's major cities. Sandwiched between two world heritage sites, that of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast and the Tropical Rainforest interior, the city offers a multitude of opportunities for enjoying the best of two completely disparate worlds.

Cairns itself is of modest size boasting only some 100,000 inhabitants but its compact nature fits in perfectly with its surroundings. The Esplanade is the heart of the city, stretching along the waterfront and lined with entertainment venues, hotels and caf├ęs while its parkland offers some cooling shade from the sun that permanently smiles down on the city. The Esplanade is also undergoing major redevelopment, with a land reclamation programme that should provide an even more extensive recreation park for the citizens of the city.

But people mainly come here to get away from it all and a few miles out of the city you can certainly escape the city as completely as you could wish. The Rainforest village of Kuranda is only a short train or cablecar ride away from the city, while a jaunt by boat out onto the azure waters of the Coral Sea will bring you to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's most famous natural phenomena.

The Trinity Inlet makes a 90km incision into the interior, with mangrove lined rivers extending further inland. Anglers are common visitors to these fish-rich waters, with the native barramundi the most popular catch. And, of course, the same fish features on the local restaurant menus, an increasingly good selection of seafood and fusion restaurants, blending fresh local ingredients with East Asian flavours.


SIGHTSEEING
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Beaches
Crystal Creek Cascades
White Water Rafting
Scuba Diving
Fitzroy Island
Barrier Reef Cruise
Daintree Rainforest
Flecker Botanic Gardens
The Esplanade
Trinity Inlet
 
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