Cairns, Australia

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It's the epitome of carefree outdoor living and home to some of the world's most vivid natural spectacles. The Great Barrier Reef tops the bill. A vast kaleidoscope of coral is energised by shimmering, multi-coloured fish darting through crystal-clear turquoise waters. The words 'must see' don't quite capture its brilliance. If you get a chance, it's well worth visiting the lush, green rainforests nearby. Teeming with wildlife, it's a nature lover's paradise. Daintree Rainforest is the world's oldest and was the inspiration for the blockbuster film, Avatar. And make sure you take some time out to enjoy the street cafs and eclectic markets.