Cairns (pronounced like "cans") is the capital of the region in Australia known as the Far North - one of 17 regions in the state of Queensland. It is a small city with a population less than 150,000, but it is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef - often called the eighth wonder of the world. We stayed at the Hilton Cairns Hotel located on the waterfront and overlooking Trinity Inlet and the Cairns Marina.  In addition to visiting the GBR, we enjoyed The Esplanade and got a guided tour of the oldest rain forest on earth - the 140 million year old Daintree Rainforest.

Click here to view a slideshow of our visit to Cairns accompanied by music from Chariots of Fire.

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