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Great Barrier Reef Sights

Wharf Street

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Updated 11/12/2013

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Cairns can trace its beginnings to the point where the Esplanade becomes Wharf Street. In 1876, this was a port for gold and tin mined inland. Chinese and Malaysian workers and other immigrants, lured by the gold trade, settled here, and Cairns grew into one of the most multicultural cities in Australia. As the gold rush receded and the sugarcane industry around the Atherton Tableland grew, Cairns turned its attention to fishing. It is still a thriving port.

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Wharf St., south end of the Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia

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Updated 11/12/2013


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