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Cairns in January, Should I go or not?

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I have only a week in Australia and I already bought a flight ticket to go from Sydney to Cairns. I am going to be in Cairns during 3 days in the first week of January and then come back to Sydney, but a lot of people keep telling me not to go because of the terrible weather and the stingers.
Should I cancel this flight to Cairns?
Is it safe to go to the great barrier reef during this time of the year?

I would be very gratetful for some help in this decision

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