Tropical Cairns is hub for a hundred activities on the Great Barrier Reef and up at Kuranda and Daintree, as well as being the start of the great Australian waltz 2, 400 kms (1, 500 miles) down the east coast back to Sydney.
One little problem with Cairns though, is that it doesn’t do beaches, mainly because there aren’t any attractive stretches of sand in the vicinity and if there were you wouldn’t want to go into the waters due to the array of unpleasant and occasionally deadly creatures therein, ranging from highly toxic box jellies through Tiger sharks and on to Salt Water Crocs.
This problem with the seaside is neatly solved in Cairns and other coastal towns by council-provided salt-water lagoons, free to enter and neatly landscaped with shade trees and sandy beaches, small but perfectly formed.
Comment from Steve Hambleton:
You couldn’t be any more wrong! I’ll admit that the city centre doesn’t have a nice beach but there are world class beaches about 20km to the north like Trinity Beach and Palm Cove.
Also, you make out that the seas are as dangerous as the Jurassic! Stingers come out during the wet season but otherwise, it’s a safe place to hang out. Probably less dangerous than Sydney, Perth or Adelaide!
Another angle on Cairns’ lagoon and seafront. Topless sunbathing is permitted. The beach is artificial and the sea is the dark grey slice in the background.
Previously a backpacker boogie town, Cairns buzzes with urban energy and now embraces upmarket visitors as well and seems particularly attached to its Japanese clientele, with Japanese signs, language spoken and flights direct from Japan though recently Chinese tourists are becoming more dominant with direct flights from various Chinese cities such as Shanghai.