We were there for a few days and found it a very tourist orientated city. Many gift shops and typical tourist eateries. The night market is where you can get your fix of cheap tat and massages. Perfect for great barrier reef tours as a short walk to the harbour. Quite a big nightlife scene with many places to go out. Pub crawls and club nights are common. Not my favourite place as I feel there are many more authentic places in Australia.