I am going to Australia for the first time with 3 friends ( we are 30 y.o). We are planning 4 nights in Sydney and then plan on spending 4 days in Cairns and then heading to Surfers paradise for 4 nights. My questions are we are going Jan 7-21. is it worth going to cairns and surrounding beaches and the reef during this time of year secondary to the stingers? should we spend more time at surfers paradise so we can swim? are the school holidays over by then? We would like to do a day trip to the reef, rainforest, cairns exploring and some nightlife. We picked this itinerary ourselves so we reallylhave no idea what we are doing:)) also what about airlie beach or whithaven beach? can you go to whitehaven beach from cairns by boat?