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There’s something about Cairns that defies categorization. Cairns is a modern hub with all the hallmarks of a destination city; boasting boutique shopping, modern art and international restaurants. It’s unabashedly a tourism mecca; hosting millions of visitors each year to explore the city and its surroundings. Young backpackers party until the break of dawn, families soak up the sun and splash around in the Esplanade Lagoon; all set along an idyllic waterfront paradise. Yet what sets Cairns apart is undoubtedly its ample natural gifts. It serves as gateway to the incomparable Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on Earth – so massive it can be seen from space. Stretching 2,300 km along the Queensland coastline, the reef is home to thousands of species of fish, hundreds of species of birds, sharks and rays and countless other sea dwelling creatures. It’s also flanked by one of the world’s oldest rainforests, the Daintree Rainforest National Park (135 million years old and going strong!). With so much at its front door, it’s little surprise that Cairns has become the adventure capital of Australia.
Cairns is an adventure sports paradise where every third shop appears to be a dive center or adrenaline tour kiosk. This tiny town is absolutely bursting at the seams with a staggering amount of activities liable to exhaust even the heartiest of adventurers. Whether you’re bungee jumping at the AJ Hackett Tower, canyoning in one of the oldest living rainforests in the world or gaining a new perspective of the reef from 10,000 feet while skydiving; Cairns provides ample opportunity to test your mettle and feel alive amidst a tropical backdrop. When you’ve dumped your adrenaline reserves and wish to refuel and unwind, you’ll not be left wanting. While the palm-lined Esplanade Boardwalk is peaceful while the sun is up, dusk brings a buzz of activity as eager night time revelers swarm to enjoy the lively atmosphere. Cairns is teeming with bars, clubs and restaurants suitable for any budget and speed of life. With all of Cairns ample attractions available, only one question remains - flip-flops or sneakers?