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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
5 out of 5
35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$183 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)

"Very helpful staff polite and willing to go that little bit extra for us"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
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
Vision Apartments
4.5 out of 5
125-129 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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4.6/5Wonderful! (280 reviews)

"Our 3 bedroom apartment was very spacious, everything was spotless, daily housekeeping was nice, and the showers were amazing!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Vision Apartments
Piermonde Apartments - Cairns
4 out of 5
2 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$211 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (344 reviews)

"This property was extremely clean one of the best I stayed in. I will definitely stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Piermonde Apartments - Cairns
Cairns City Apartments
4 out of 5
79 Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
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4.5/5Wonderful! (143 reviews)

"The unit was centrally located, very nice 3 bedroom apt."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Cairns City Apartments
Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
3.5 out of 5
62 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$165 per night
4.4/5Wonderful! (606 reviews)

"Perfect place to stay. Close to everything including the night markets, esplanade, coles, shops, cafes & restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
City Terraces Cairns
4 out of 5
63-65 McLeod Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$199 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (71 reviews)
Neat and clean

"Weather was terrible it didn’t stop raining until we left.... the apartment was clean but we were told our towels had to last us one week otherwise we had to pay more or launder them for $8. Owners were informative and friendly though."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2019

City Terraces Cairns
Citysider Cairns
3.5 out of 5
17A Upward Street, Cairns, QLD
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4.3/5Excellent! (99 reviews)

"Great apartment. Nice kitchen. Full laundry. Clean pool. Comfirtable beds."…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020

Citysider Cairns
Getaway On Grafton
4 out of 5
157-159 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$250 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (277 reviews)

"Well located property close to all facilities . a short stroll beach , shopping & esplanade. Quiet location, secure off street parking well appointed units for that extended stay. My stay was for 10 days, cooking facilities, dishwasher, washing machine made it pleasant & convenient. Would have been ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul. 2020

Getaway On Grafton
Cairns Central Plaza Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
58-62 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$147 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
Inn Cairns Boutique Apartments
3.5 out of 5
71 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$147 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (682 reviews)

"Hotel was a bit tired but clean, staff were friendly. Room was a good size and hotel is in a great central location. Parking facilities were a bonus"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2020

Inn Cairns Boutique Apartments
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
Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$187 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (994 reviews)

"It is a unique architectual design, you feel like a secure place in any weather condition."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Hilton Cairns
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
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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
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
4 out of 5
Cnr Abbott And Florence Street, Cairns, QLD
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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
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Where should we stay in Cairns?

The destination of Cairns is a great choice if you've been thinking about a holiday with your children. The snorkelling spots, beaches and excursions are just a few things that make this an attractive holiday destination for families. Arrange a flight into Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), which is located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city centre. Cairns has 44 child-friendly hotels and other types of accommodation so you'll have a variety of options when deciding where you'd like to stay.

Holidaying families have positive things to say about these places to stay:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns: Offers a children's pool, 2 restaurants and laundry facilities. Guests like the overall comfort and central location at this 4.5-star hotel.

Southern Cross Atrium Apartments – Features 3 outdoor pools, free parking and laundry facilities. The clean rooms and central location make this 4-star apartment popular with guests.

Getaway On Grafton – Offers an outdoor pool, in-room kitchens and free parking. Guests like the overall comfort and clean rooms at this 4-star apartment.

Best Western Plus Cairns Central Apartments – Features an outdoor pool, free parking and free WiFi. The overall comfort and central location make this 4-star apartment popular with guests.

Hilton Cairns – Offers an outdoor pool, 2 restaurants and laundry facilities. Guests like the overall comfort and central location at this 5-star hotel.

When should we visit Cairns?

You're probably hoping for good weather for your family trip. Use these tips to decide when to pack up the children and head to Cairns.

  • 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

What should we see and do in Cairns?

While you and your family are holidaying in Cairns, you may want to visit some family-friendly attractions such as The Cultural Place and Cairns Regional Gallery. Make sure that you have plenty of time to take in activities in the area such as Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens, Mount Whitfield Conservation Park and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Cairns is also known for the:
  • Coral reefs
  • Shopping
  • Tours
  • Restaurants
  • Rainforest
  • Snorkelling
  • Beaches
  • Excursions

Getting around Cairns

To venture out into the surrounding area, ride aboard one of the trains from Cairns Station. Cairns might not have many public transport choices so consider renting a car to explore the city.

Frequently asked questions

What's Cairns like for family-friendly holidays?
If you’ve been thinking about a holiday with your children, Cairns is a good choice. The snorkelling spots, beaches and excursions are just some of the things that make this an interesting destination for family trips. Arrange a flight into Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), which is located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city centre.
What's the best hotel for a family holiday in Cairns?
Vision Apartments is a top 4.5-star apartment on Expedia for families, and features 2 outdoor pools and in-room kitchens. Other choices for your stay with the children include DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns and Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre.
What's the seasonal weather like in Cairns?
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's there to see and do with your family in Cairns?
Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Reef Fleet Terminal are interesting attractions that you and your family may enjoy exploring while you are staying in Cairns. Make sure that you have plenty of time to take in the area’s activities such as Cairns Esplanade, Palm Cove Beach and Cairns Marlin Marina.
What's the best way for us to get around Cairns?
If you want to travel outside the area, hop on a train from Cairns Station, Freshwater Station or Redlynch Station. Cairns might not have very many public transport choices, so consider renting a car to explore more.

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