hello all, my girlfriend and i will be going to cairns in october for about two weeks and are looking for some direction. i have heard that i should skip cairns and go to port douglas for the reef. is this true? we're just looking to relax by the beach in relative privacy for not too much money. we were also thinking of renting an apartment (on the beach?) and doing our own cooking, is this worth it? also, we don't really want to go stay in a big city concidering we are trying to escape from new york for a while! so a beach vibe is what we're looking for. any advise would be greatly appreciated as we have no travel experience in that part o the globe. thanks very much!!!!!!!!