Cairns, the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is a seriously nice little city. It has a climate similar to Hawaii - breezy and warm but not usually oppressively hot. It has a compact central business district that is eminently walkable because of its wall to wall stores and attractions mostly under cover of wide sidewalk verandas.
A few years ago, the city hired a landscape architect to reclaim the mudflats at the edge of the center and turn it into a large lagoon and parkland for people to enjoy. It was a smashing success as it is beautiful and gives people a chance to swim since the ocean is inaccessible most of the year due to the presence of poisonous jelly fish.
Something not seen in America is a super-user friendly park such as Cairns' waterfront with lawns, pools, fountains, picnic tables and cooking counters with gas ranges, luxurious bathrooms with change rooms and showers for after a swim in the salt-water lagoon, bike lanes, public telephones, all near the bus and ship terminals and the numerous coffee-shops and restaurants.
Cairns is a super-nice city and deserves at least an honorable-mention if not a top-award for best user-friendly town for residents and tourists alike.