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Happily wedged between two UNESCO World Heritage icons (the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics of Queensland rainforest), this Australian city is no shrinking violet when it comes to showing visitors a good time, and the best things to do in Cairns prove just that. A sunny tropical city with a laidback vibe, Cairns is all about outdoor adventures, whether on land or sea. What’s more, the beautiful regions of Port Douglas, Palm Cove and the Atherton Tablelands are all easy day-trip hotspots. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.