But there are refuges to seek out in the tropical city of Cairns.
The Cairns Public Library
Cairns Public Library - photo blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/jol/2009/06
This has very cheap internet ($5.20 an hour). A quiet place to sit, the daily papers, a coffee machine ($3), all in a pleasant air-conditioned environment. Unwind while looking out to the trees crawling with the native bats.
The building itself is modern and well maintained.
A cautionary tale. When I was trying to find the library I asked for directions at a tourist office and was given the street directions to a Laundromat!
Another place the locals flock to, and with good reason. This is a great way to relax.
The walk along this esplanade includes a boardwalk, a separate cycling track, multiple kids playgrounds, established greenery, sculptures, volleyball courts (always in use), skateboard track and fitness equipment (playground for adults!).
Explore the foreshore and amenities in the tropics.