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Cairns, a garden city between the sea and rainforest mountains, was founded in 1876 as a port for inland goldfields. Cairns is a tribute to the first surveyors who cleared just enough foreshore scrub to pitch their tents before pegging out streets wide enough for a future city they could never have imagined. The town boasts world class marina and wharfs used by visiting yachts, liners and tour boats and the international airport is only a short drive from the city centre. Tours to most parts of the tropical north leave daily and most include pick-up and return to your holiday accommodation. There are parks and playgrounds with fountains and shady trees. The Esplanade has picnic tables and barbecues, space to fly a kite, paths to jog and walk, seats to pause and watch the boats go by and a printed guide to help you identify the abundant birdlife. Shopping is a pleasure in arcades, courts, plazas, boutiques and duty free stores where you can buy everything from local souvenirs to superb jewellery, sporting gear, fashions and accessories by top Australian and overseas designers.