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Sleeping at the airport can be slightly annoying as it shuts at night and security guards sometimes do rounds. == Other useful info == Cairns has free internet in every tourist information office, tour sales offices and various other tourist things. It is probably the city with the most free per capita in the world. The airport is in the middle of a swamp. The nearest place with public transport is Sheridan Road, roughly a 2 km walk from the airport on a road with a annoyingly thin shoulder through the swamp. It's normally more senseful to hitch there from the intersection of Airport Drive even though there is only limited pulling over space.
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''Option 2'' Get to the bus station on ''Lake Street'' in front of the Woolworths. Take a bus ride to Gordonvale ( $5.20 ). From there walk past a bridge and hitchhike right after the bridge. Or, perhaps a better place for cars to stop is before the bridge, just after the traffic lights. Here cars are going slow enough, and have plenty of distance to see you and stop. The bus turns right at these lights, after going through town. You want to get off here, it's the lights where the bus turns right onto the highway to go back in the direction of Cairns - this is as far as it will take you in the direction you want. Just ask the driver about the stop, he will let you off at a convenient place. It took some anonymous hitchhiker 15-20 minutes to get a ride from there straight to Townsville.