23. SPEND A NIGHT ON A STUNNING TROPICAL ISLAND NEAR CAIRNS
Cairns is often referred to as â€œThe Gateway to the Great Barrier Reefâ€, with hordes of travellers setting off on boats every day to get a peek at the reef. The best way to experience the reef and avoid the tourist #crush however, is to book accommodation on one of the small tropical islands that lie just off the coast. Islands such as Green Island, Fitzroy Island or the lesser known Franklin Islands allow you to take your #time and explore all that the reef has to offer, not to mention the fact that you get to spend your evenings on a tropical paradise girt by the sparkling Pacific Ocean.