Cairns is a popular spot for trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Located a 3.5 hour direct flight from Sydney, the weather in winter was a perfect, low humidity, 28C. The Esplanade made a great spot for a twilight run.
I had dinner at Tamarind in the Casino. While it was a nice experience it was over rated, and my pork belly wasn't crispy.
The Flying Monkey Cafe does good coffee and snacks, including this ham toastie which was perfect for breakfast.