So far, I've heard nothing but positive reactions from people about the place. Despite being a touristy-spot (it's the fourth most popular destination in Australia for international tourists), apparently it has still maintained a small city feel, and is not as daunting as other well established metropolises. And to someone who's an outdoor addict, this image is certainly quite pleasing to the eyes:
See that? A city surrounded by a whole lot of nature, be it land or sea. As a matter of fact, that's why Cairns is also often referred to as a "gateway city", because right at its doorstep are two World Heritage listed areas; one of which is the Great Barrier Reef. Living this close to one of the most premier dive spots in the world only means that I need to make the most of it, lest my good friends from back home (all of whom are divers) curse me for wasting the opportunity. At some point in time I'll need to drastically improve my water skills and learn how to dive, but until then I can spend some time meandering around the Wet Tropics Rainforest, the other area on the Heritage list. Imagine how awesome it would be to walk around a rainforest like this:
Moving up to a warmer climate is also something I'm looking forward to. It's bound to make me feel more comfortable, and I'll have one less excuse to skip a run. I've already looked at some popular running routes in Cairns, and there's a number that I'm already dying to try, such as the 5K route along The Esplanade (where topless sunbathing was approved by the Mayor in 2003), which can be continued to either the Airport Mangrove Run or Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, home to a trail running track which involves a lot of hopping in between rocks and tree roots, and where there's always the danger of being attacked by a cassowary.
|You don't wanna piss me off, mate.|
All roads lead to Cairns.
Sources: 1, 2, 3