The first few nights in Australia have been booked... I chose to stay at a smaller hostel in the center of Cairns. It's located just across the street from the train station, or, as my host John says... "We're just 30 paces from the station, mate!" (More about my plans for train travel to come.) Considering the currency exchange is in my favour, it's about $27.50 a nite for a single room. Sounds reasonable. http://www.travoasis.com.au/
BUG (Backpackers Ultimate Guide) lists over 30 low-cost hostels in Cairns, (Population: 122,000). Most are located closer to the waterfront and attract a younger (ie: roudy) crowd. Travellers Oasis received good reviews and has a quieter, more conservative feel.... We'll see?
Things to see and do? The Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling, diving; Rain Forest exploring, mountain biking, Sky Diving, Bungee Jumping... and other similairly ho-hum, prosaic tourist activities.