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Waters Edge Apartments Cairns
4.5 out of 5
155 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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4.7/5Exceptional! (183 reviews)

"The swim out apartment was amazing. Close to Muddys playground and a lovely walk to the shops. The only thing we didn’t like was that the bbq area was not near the pool instead it was out the back where it was hard to get to."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Waters Edge Apartments Cairns
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
69 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD
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4.4/5Wonderful! (677 reviews)

"Very convenient location in the heart of Cairns"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

The Abbott Boutique Hotel
BreakFree Royal Harbour
4 out of 5
73-75 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$176 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (585 reviews)

"Location excellent. Staff extremely helpfull and pleasant. Cooktop very small and shower curtain hook missingso did have some water on the floor. Gardens B.B.Q and Pool area supberb and B.B.Q. was spotless. A lovely holiday."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

BreakFree Royal Harbour
Pullman Cairns International
5 out of 5
17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$175 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"A Grand looking hotel, view from 1407 was magnificent. Carpets really needed replacing in our room it was probably due for a coat of paint."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020

Pullman Cairns International
Cairns Central Plaza Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
58-62 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$150 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,182 reviews)

"It was easy to get in when we arrived. Was very comfortable. But try for a better view next time."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2020

Cairns Central Plaza Apartment Hotel
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$139 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)
Close to lagoon

"Great location. Close to the lagoon and the casino. Rooms were very clean. Breakfast buffet very good."…"

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2020

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Cairns Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
145 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$140 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"Cleanliness- rooms serviced everyday - staff friendly and breakfast good value Disappointed that was required to pay to take pool towel off premises to go on a snorkelling trip to the Great Barrier Reef - was his policy should be reviewed Michael"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

Cairns Plaza Hotel
Heritage Cairns
3 out of 5
8 Minnie Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$120 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (472 reviews)

"We liked the cleanliness and space of the room and the fact that it had a balcony. It is well-located. The pool was tiny and the receptionist was somewhat lacking in charm, but overall we had a good stay."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2020

Heritage Cairns
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
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4.2/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"Food was only ok breakfast was ordinary bacon always dry and i stayed for 6 nights and it was always the same"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Southern Cross Atrium Apartments
4 out of 5
3-11 Water Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$191 per night
4.2/5Very Good! (1,130 reviews)

"When we check in service was very good and helpful, the property was very clean and the location was very close to all venues. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Southern Cross Atrium Apartments
Mantra Esplanade
4 out of 5
53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$156 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)

"The staff are very welcoming. Very professional. The hotel is very clean and always get a Beautiful clean room. Last stay recently very good measures in place for Covid-19. They had signage up and information posted for people to read. Would also stay here when travelling to Cairns. Got upgraded ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2020

Mantra Esplanade
Comfort Inn Cairns City
4 out of 5
183-185 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$85 per night
4/5Very Good! (252 reviews)

"Quiet location to stay. Close to city center and lots of parking"…"

Reviewed on 15 May 2020

Comfort Inn Cairns City
Coral Tree Inn
4 out of 5
166-172 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$126 per night
4/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Hotel was undergoing refurbishment but was a pleasant base and good location. Breakfast was great and good value for money!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr. 2020

Coral Tree Inn
ibis Styles Cairns
3.5 out of 5
15 Florence Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellation
The price is AU$104 per night
4/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Nothing was spectacularly good or bad, which is OK."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

ibis Styles Cairns
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$163 per night
3.9/5Very Good! (999 reviews)

"very accessible, close to everything. very good size room, good value dinner served by the hotel resturant,equipped with self service laundry a big bonus. very comfortable n appealing lobby. few ants found n rooms (we booked two rooms), the shower space has half panel glass which cannot stop water ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
2 out of 5
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
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3.9/5Good! (312 reviews)

"This was a huge party hostel, with a big bar, club, pool & shops nearby. The rooms were big, air-conditioned & clean. The four-person rooms come with a shower inside, the washroom didn't have hand soap but besides that it was good."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
4 out of 5
Cnr Abbott And Florence Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$109 per night
3.7/5Good! (991 reviews)

"It was close to the city and very clean. The staff were amazing"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
Mantra Trilogy
4.5 out of 5
101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$146 per night
3.6/5Good! (995 reviews)

"Great location, facilities and friendly helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2020

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Beach Hotels in Cairns

Known for its stunning beaches and spectacular coral reefs, Cairns has a lot to offer the traveller dreaming of a beach holiday. This family-friendly destination has 37 beach hotels and other accommodation options to choose from, so it's easy to find one that works for you.

As you search for a place to stay by the water in Cairns, consider selecting one of these top beach hotels with high ratings from Expedia travellers.

The Abbott Boutique Hotel - 4-star hotel near the beach. It features free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and in-room coffee makers. Guests love the comfortable beds.

The Hotel Cairns - 4-star family-friendly hotel near the beach. Our travellers recommend its beach location and proximity to shopping. This hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a restaurant and free WiFi.

Comfort Inn Cairns City - 3.5-star motel near the beach. It offers 2 outdoor pools, free WiFi and free parking. Guest reviews highlight the pool and central location.

BreakFree Royal Harbour - 4-star aparthotel near the beach. It features an outdoor pool, free parking and in-room kitchenettes. Guests love the pool and central location.

Southern Cross Atrium Apartments - 4-star apartment near the beach. Our travellers recommend its beach location and clean rooms. This apartment boasts 3 outdoor pools, free parking and a coffee shop.

Planning Your Trip to Cairns

If weather is an important factor for your holiday, you can use these local temperature and rainfall averages to decide your travel dates.

  • Hottest months: January, December, February and November, with an average temperature of 31°C
  • Coldest months: July, August, June and September, with an average temperature of 17°C
  • Driest months: July, August, September and October, with an average rainfall of 31.25 inches
  • Rainiest months: March, February, January and April, with an average rainfall of 374.50 inches

Sightseeing in and Around Cairns

After arriving and settling in at your accommodation of choice, you might want to venture out and explore. If you're excited to scope out the beaches, spend a relaxing day by the water at Yorkeys Knob Beach or Kewarra Beach. Take advantage of the area's snorkelling and shopping, and make time for local attractions like The Cultural Place and Cairns Regional Gallery. Other things to see and do in the area are Cairns Night Markets and Esplanade Lagoon. Visitors also enjoy Cairns for its:
  • Coral reefs
  • Tours
  • Restaurants
  • Rainforest
  • Excursions

Getting around Cairns

To get to Cairns, you can fly into Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), the closest major airport, which is located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city centre. To venture out into the surrounding area, ride aboard one of the trains from Cairns Station.

Frequently asked questions

What is Cairns like for travellers who love the beach?
Known for its stunning beaches and spectacular coral reefs, Cairns has a lot to offer the traveller dreaming of a beach holiday.
What's the best place to stay for a beach holiday in Cairns?
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort is a top 4-star beach hotel with an outdoor pool and free parking. Other good options for your beach trip include Mantra Trilogy and ibis Styles Cairns. To enjoy some time by the water, head to Palm Cove Beach or Clifton Beach.
What's the weather like in Cairns?
If weather is an important factor for your holiday, you can use these local temperature and rainfall averages to decide your travel dates. The hottest months are usually January and December, with an average temperature of 27°C, while the coldest months are July and August, with an average of 22°C. Average annual rainfall for Cairns is 92 mm.
What is there to see and do around Cairns?
After arriving and settling in at your accommodation of choice, you might want to venture out and explore. If you’re excited to scope out the beaches, spend a relaxing day by the water at Clifton Beach or Kewarra Beach. Take advantage of the area’s snorkelling and shopping, and make time for local attractions such as Cairns Esplanade and Palm Cove Beach. For more things to see and do, consider visiting Cairns Central Shopping Centre or Reef Fleet Terminal.
What's the best way to get around Cairns?
To get to Cairns, you can fly into Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), the closest major airport, which is located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city centre. If you want to see more of the area, hop on a train from Cairns Station, Freshwater Station or Redlynch Station.

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