With a superb esplanade and beach to die for why isn’t Cairns my favourite? Because its’ got nothing else. Walk along the Esplanade
and there are few quality restaurants and cafés. The Westfield Shopping Centre typifies things; while it is busy it looks tired and needs updating. There are few upmarket type shops. You need a car to travel around Cairns, without which you are centred around the Esplanade, the RSL Club being my restaurant of choice offering superb meals at reasonable prices with air-con to chill the hottest customer.
As a jumping off place for lots of attractions is it great, but sadly for me has nothing in the town itself.
The big feature in my hotel was the Chinese New Year, hence the sparse decorations