Hotspot on the eastcoast
Nice city, a little touristy and a lot of backpackers. There is a lot of free offers on the esplanade, like markets, shows, fitness and the saltwater pool. Nice lighting and a lot of bars/clubs to go to.
Insider Tip:Crystal Cascades, beautiful waterfall close to Cairns. Go to the northern beaches (Palm Cove, Trinity Beach) to swim.