Cairns is located in the northern eastern shore, has wonderful tropic weather and an excellent starting point to get to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is an enormous assortment of reefs and isles, has 350 sorts of corals and 1500 kinds of fish. Many companies offer cruises to the isles, in average 8 hours long, special stops in places safe for diving, and ferries with glass floors. One of the known companies is the Reef Magic Cruises.
Another option is simply to fly upon the reef on a helicopter, yet the price for a flight is much higher than for a cruise. It’s recommended to get there in the winter when there are to jellyfishes.
A short drive from Cairns is Kuranda, a small town with rich art culture. In Kuranda there are two main markets with endless shops, galleries, souvenir stands with local hand maid art, some of which is created right in front of you. Of course there are many restaurants coffee shops.
A great way to journey the rain forests around Cairns is guided jeep tours that will show you animals in their natural habitat, explain about the tropic vegetation and exotic fruits. Well reviewed companies are Billy Tea Safaris and Eco Safaris Wilderness.