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Cairns and Northern Beaches

With the Great Barrier Reef on your front doorstep and breathtaking tropical rainforest out the back, this laid-back city is where your adventures begin.

Take the plunge into reef-marbled waters and dense tropical rainforests from Cairns, a major city in northern Queensland and a gateway to some of the country’s most famous World Heritage wonders. Cairns pulses with the life of its natural surroundings, while its cosmopolitan hum makes it a great spot to base your tropical north Queensland adventures. Embark on a tour of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, see the rainforests of the Wet Tropics or simply kick back on sandy white beaches fringed by palms at the Northern Beaches.

Linger a while in Cairns to discover the city’s local treasures. Take a dip at the Esplanade Lagoon, check out the marina or pick up regional delights from the farmers’ market. Cairns Tropical Zoo showcases the diverse wildlife that resides in Queensland’s tropical north.

Discover postcard-perfect waters along Cairns’ Northern Beaches. Trinity Beach offers family-friendly swimming areas, while Palm Cove is the ideal romantic getaway. Enjoy the seclusion of Clifton Beach beneath the shade of a coconut palm.

When you’re ready to explore a little further, head to the Reef Fleet Terminal for a wide range of coral-cay sightseeing and diving tours, or jump on board the historic railway that takes passengers through breathtaking rainforest to the town of Kuranda. Check out Barron Gorge National Park to soar over the Wet Tropics on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Book a white-water rafting adventure on the Tully, Barron or North Johnstone rivers. Explore ancient rainforests at Cape Tribulation and the Daintree or take a four-wheel drive journey through the hinterland savannah and fertile plateau of the Atherton Tablelands.

Cairns is located on Queensland’s northern coast and is accessible via its own domestic and international airport, as well as the coast’s major arterial highway. The Northern Beaches are about a 15-minute drive from the city. Accommodation options include island resorts and rainforest lodges. Chat to the lifeguards before swimming between November and May, as stingers can make the waters extremely dangerous. Peak visitor times are between June and August, when the climate is warm and dry.


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Sarayi Boutique Hotel AU$106
Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2019
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Sarayi Boutique Hotel

Sarayi Boutique Hotel

95 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great beachside location with plenty of parking space at rear.

    Fitzroy Island Resort AU$149
    Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2019
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    Fitzroy Island Resort

    Fitzroy Island Resort

    Fitzroy Island via Cairns, Fitzroy Island, QLD
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Rooms were good. Had a studio and the only natural light was from a window next to the walkway, not private so kept curtains closed and room was very dark. Staff were very helpful and polite. Quite a few things for kids to do. Internet and phone reception only at lobby, even then it was a bit hit ...

      Imagine Drift Palm Cove AU$129
      Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2019
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      Imagine Drift Palm Cove

      Imagine Drift Palm Cove

      Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nice pool Great rooms Very big and spacious Great location

        Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove AU$186
        Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019
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        Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove

        Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove

        123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
           
          4.5 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This is a grerta place to stay as it offers something for everyone. There is a greta pool are for families and also a quiet pool area for adults. The rooms are clean and well serviced. the restaurants are lovely. It is also in a great location.

          The Reef House Palm Cove MGallery by Sofitel AU$274
          Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2019
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          The Reef House Palm Cove MGallery by Sofitel

          The Reef House Palm Cove MGallery by Sofitel

          99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
             
            4.4 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            If you want the best in Palm Cove, look no further. Everything about it was perfect. Spacious and beautiful rooms, amazing views throughout the entire hotel. Perfectly located restaurant with a beach view that you won't get anywhere else. Gorgeous pools at the perfect temperature. Wonderful staff ...

            Mantra Amphora AU$134
            Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2019
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            Mantra Amphora

            Mantra Amphora

            49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nice place. We have stayed here a few times as it's close to the beach and our fav restaurant, Vivo's. But this time someone on a near by balcony was smoking and it was blowing into our unit. This meant we couldn't enjoy the balcony, or even keep our door open. On reporting this we were simply told ...

              Paradise on the Beach Resort - Palm Cove AU$132
              Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2019
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              Paradise on the Beach Resort - Palm Cove

              Paradise on the Beach Resort - Palm Cove

              119-121 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
                 
                4.6 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Loved the breeze and the plantation shutters and waking up to the sunrise over the water!!

                Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa AU$179
                Reviewed on 29 Sep. 2019
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                Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa

                Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa

                5 Triton Street, Palm Cove, QLD
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful setting, great for couples, walking distance to nearby palm cove,staff do very well in making you feel welcome....great place to make memories.

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