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Cairns Travel Guide

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Cairns is the main doorway to the tropical far north and the capital of northern Queensland. It is one of the top resorts in Australia but for a town so close to the Great Barrier Reef you would imagine that Cairns is a tropical paradise with white beaches and swaying palm trees. In truth tropical it may be, but as far as beaches go Cairns can offer little else but a mud bank. Having said that you are only a very short drive away from the surrounding beaches that are as beautiful and deserted as any other in Australia.

The main appeal of Cairns is that it is a gateway to places such as the Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and the mountain town of Kuranda. However, the town itself has a number of reasons for you to stay and quite a few places worthy of a visit.

Cairns has a lot to offer culturally and the town itself is vibrant with street performers and frequent street markets selling everything from unique Aboriginal artefacts to traditional Australian souvenirs.

The Esplanade Walking Trail is a good way to take in the old and new areas of the town whilst admiring the backdrop of the rugged rainforest peaks.

The Trinity Wharf area is the oldest part of the town and an interesting place despite redevelopment of parts of it in recent years. Cairns Regional Gallery has a remarkable collection of works by local artists and themed exhibitions including some extraordinary aboriginal art. Cairns is an excellent place to spend a few days or even a few weeks if you’re planning on visiting its impressive neighbours.

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