Hi everyone, i'm visiting australia in early september 09. I'm just planning ahead so i can let our travel agent know where exactly we want to stay. I just wanted to know what's the best place to go to in able for me to see white haven beach & the great barrier reef. I know there are a bunch of day tours but I'm not quite sure whether to stay in Cairns or Arlie beach. I will be traveling from Sydney to either one.
I would like to stay somewhere thats convenient for those 2 places and much more (shopping, entertainment, dining, nightlife and etc..) Somewhere that's more of a "tourist area." I'd feel much safer and comfortable knowing that im not the only one foreign to these places.
I was thinking of even staying at arlie beach one night and two nights at cairns? If you know of other places please feel free.