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    Nothing here but the great barrier reef, diving here is pricey. Well then everything here was pricey.

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  • CairnsPro 2014
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    Cairns is really close to the equator so the weather is more tropical most of the year. When I visited, it was fall in Australia but the weather was balmy. People could be found at the pool. You can go scuba diving or snorkeling. Even locals visit Cairns for a holiday.

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    Quintessential beach town but you will love it. We were there in the middle of the Australian Summer so it was very humid - if the weather had been a little nicer it would have been absolutely wonderful but we had fun nonetheless. Lots of night bars around - also a nice casino next to our hotel.

    But essentially this is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Once you visit the reefs here everything else you have seen or will see will never stand up to comparison. The ferry ride is not too long either - maybe an hour or so.

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    Cairns is the gateway to N. Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
    The town itself is friendly to tourists and has fun waterfront strip with walks and restaurants and bars.

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    This is the jumping off point for almost all of the tours of the great barrier reef. As such you won't find a more touristy city in Australia.
    If you're considering a trip here, you don't need any real planning as there are numerous tour booking agencies who will happily collect your referral fee for the various tour operators.

    One underrated aspect of cairns is the walk along the boardwalk through to the northern beaches. Just be sure to watch out for Australian Saltwater Crocs.

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    Fun bohemian beach town in northern Australia. One of the main ports for the Great Barrier Reef. Lots of fun little bars and a hippy vibe. Easy to meet people.

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    Plenty of accommodation, good shopping, large swimming pool. Beaches in town not great, need to travel for good beaches

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  • CairnsAmbassadorPro 2014

    Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Most people are either incredibly excited to begin their GBR adventure or on a high from just completing it--either way there are a lot of (mostly) young, laid-back people. Combine this with the "no worries" Aussie attitude, and it makes for a pretty cool small city. There are also gorgeous beaches, nice resorts, and a vibrant nightlife.

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    I loved Cairns. It's a small town but I really enjoyed myself. I enjoyed snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef and shopping at the night market. It was mellow yet we kept ourselves really busy eating, shopping and getting massages at the night market.

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    Cairns is great, good shopping, markets, plenty of great food places, and the trip on the train and gondola up to Kuranda is a must, definitely want to go back

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    Did learn scuba diving there some time ago. Got spoiled for the rest of all other dives because nothing beats the Great Barrier Reef! This is more beautiful than even the maledives...

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    Hell yeah.. total beach town and really low key place. There's a lot of nice hotels and the people are nice. But the real reason I went here... I was able to book a seat on a roundtrip ferry to go out the the Great Barrier Reef.. you can snorkel, you can scuba, you can do nothing but look at the ocean. Other than having a really great time snorkeling and what not.. I remember the curry that I ate on the boat to be delicious.
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    Cairns is a very interesting backpacker area, and of course the Great Barrier Reef has world-renowned snorkling/diving, though be ready for the 1 hour boat ride to get there. Cape Tribulation is a rainforest nearby that's worth visiting. I met a lot of ex-pats who were living/working there for a year after school, so it was quite an interesting experience.

    My 2 cents is that it's worth visiting one of the many travel agents in Australia to see what other activities you can find. That was a great discovery for me when I visited Australia for 3 weeks in college.

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    Good starting point, both for reef and northern region with forest.

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    Great place to experience Australian rainforest and go shark diving at the coral reef

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    great place to visit beautiful sites but very hot weather and lots of rain

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    A wonderful place to visit, set between the Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Tin and timber harvesting from the nearby Atherton table lands were the impetus for Carins’ growth. Prawn and marlin fishing continued to add to the development in the mid twentieth century, however, Cairns has exploded as the place from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Diving and snorkeling are more important than any monument, and the town unashamedly caters to the tourist trade, creating an accessible experience for the travellers who flock here to marvel at the Reef. New residents arrive all the time, making Cairns a destination not just for tourists but fortune-seeking Australians.

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