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Cairns Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
145 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
AU$140
per night
7 Dec. - 8 Dec.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,421 reviews)

"Good value for the money. Good location, acriss from The Esplande. Front desk staff extremely helpful and pleasant. Enjoyed our stay wirh them."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019

Cairns Plaza Hotel
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
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AU$154
per night
16 Dec. - 17 Dec.
4/5Very Good! (2,354 reviews)

"The property was nice. The pool area was lovely but the lounge chairs were so uncomfortable 😣"…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Vision Apartments
4.5 out of 5
125-129 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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4.6/5Wonderful! (262 reviews)
Great time

"4 of us stayed at the Vision Apartment for 8 days and 7 nights and had very good time there. The Apartment is very well equipped and maintained. The living room is huge and with a very nice balcony. Lisa, the front desk was very friendly and helpful. Although check in time is at 14:00, Lisa and her ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2019

Vision Apartments
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
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AU$159
per night
6 Dec. - 7 Dec.
4.2/5Very Good! (2,215 reviews)

"Great views. Nice rooms. Internally nice, external very dated."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Southern Cross Atrium Apartments
4 out of 5
3-11 Water Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$183
per night
6 Dec. - 7 Dec.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,070 reviews)

"We have stayed in these apartments twice now, like the area and the equipped accommodation."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2019

Southern Cross Atrium Apartments
Inn Cairns Boutique Apartments
3.5 out of 5
71 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$149
per night
6 Dec. - 7 Dec.
4.2/5Excellent! (628 reviews)

"The location IS good and so are the hosts. Supermarket is juz across the hotel, many foodies along the stretch and opposite. Mostly is that its juz a walking distance to the ferry terminal (in case you are going for diving to the Great Barrier Reef) and also the Esplanade. You will be spoilt for ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2019

Inn Cairns Boutique Apartments
Cairns City Apartments
4 out of 5
79 Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
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4.5/5Wonderful! (138 reviews)

"Large, clean, full equipped, apartment with private underground parking. Owner was responsive. However the apartment started to show some signs of age."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2019

Cairns City Apartments
City Terraces Cairns
4 out of 5
63-65 McLeod Street, Cairns, QLD
AU$229
per night
7 Dec. - 8 Dec.
4.3/5Excellent! (70 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
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
5 out of 5
35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$217
per night
4 Jan. - 5 Jan.
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,817 reviews)

"Fantastic staff, very friendly and helpful. Really appreciated letting us check in hours early after midnight flight."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
Getaway On Grafton
4 out of 5
157-159 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
AU$250
per night
7 Dec. - 8 Dec.
4.3/5Excellent! (259 reviews)

"Convenient & friendly, we enjoyed our stay, thank you."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2019

Getaway On Grafton
Cairns Central Plaza Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
58-62 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$144
per night
9 Dec. - 10 Dec.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,156 reviews)

"new building with many new appliances, very easy location"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov. 2019

Cairns Central Plaza Apartment Hotel
Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
3.5 out of 5
62 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$165
per night
7 Dec. - 8 Dec.
4.4/5Wonderful! (580 reviews)
Convenient and comfortable

"Very friendly check. Was quick, efficient and informative of local area. Very close to shops and restaurants. Room was quite large and comfortable. Location was easy to access and parking was a bonus so close to everything. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug. 2019

Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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AU$161
per night
17 Dec. - 18 Dec.
4.3/5Excellent! (2,156 reviews)

"Gorgeous hotel. Terrifically located 1 minutes walk from the marina. All staff was very helpful and friendly. Fantastic view from our room, and great price for the room! Clean and adequate gym for a good workout. Had a terrific time :)"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019

Hilton Cairns
Heritage Cairns
3 out of 5
8 Minnie Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$99
per night
6 Dec. - 7 Dec.
4.2/5Very Good! (447 reviews)

"Good value for money. Clean. Close to City Centre."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2019

Heritage Cairns
Citysider Cairns
3.5 out of 5
17A Upward Street, Cairns, QLD
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4.3/5Excellent! (94 reviews)
Suited the purpose

"Suited our purpose for a good price. It is off the main stretch, but we were doing tours the whole time we were there. It was clean and equipped. Couldn’t get the dishwasher to work, but Mike checked it after we left and said it was, so perhaps some instructions would help. It’s neat the train tracks, ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2019

Citysider Cairns
The Hotel Cairns
4 out of 5
Cnr Abbott And Florence Street, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$161
per night
6 Dec. - 7 Dec.
3.7/5Good! (1,078 reviews)

"Wonderful location and very friendly staff! We had a wonderful time here."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

The Hotel Cairns
Waters Edge Apartments Cairns
4.5 out of 5
155 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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4.7/5Exceptional! (179 reviews)

"Property was excellent. Clean and spacious. All of the comforts of home. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019

Waters Edge Apartments Cairns
Piermonde Apartments - Cairns
4 out of 5
2 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$185
per night
5 Jan. - 6 Jan.
4.5/5Wonderful! (319 reviews)

"Good location, all rooms are good size nice furniture veranda was amazing star and had drinks at night overlooking the marina lights"…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2019

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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.

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What is a family-friendly hotel?

 

Cairns family-friendly hotels welcome children and provide essentials for family travellers such as additional bedding for higher occupancy per room; in-room conveniences; and facilities for kids and family activities.

In-room: Connecting/adjoining rooms, family suites, babysitting services and refrigerators are some other room facilities to look out for. Family travellers find these helpful.

On premises: Family-friendly hotels may also have some additional recreational facilities such as outdoor pools, kiddy pools, playgrounds, kids clubs and game rooms.

*These are only guidelines as policies and amenities vary across hotels. For more information, view details listed on each property page.

 

What is the definition of a family room?

 

While each Cairns hotel defines its family room its own way, it usually refers to rooms available in the hotel that comfortably sleep at least 4 people. A family room is usually a larger room with 2 double/queen beds, or 1 double/queen bed and 2 twin beds. At some hotels, you might find 1 double bed for the parents and a sofa bed or bunk beds for the children.

The family room may also include other family-friendly conveniences such as infant beds, rollaway beds, a ground-floor location for convenience, treats for the kids, microwaves or refrigerators for meal preps.

 

How many people does a Cairns hotel family room sleep?

 

Most of the time, family rooms provide bedding that sleeps at least 2 adults and 2 children, allowing a family of 4 to comfortably share one room.

Family-friendly hotels often also have additional rollaway beds and infant beds available (at a surcharge). If young children share existing bedding, there’s usually no extra charge So, depending if these are available at the hotel of your choice, it could be possible for more than 4 people to share a family room.

On Expedia, you will find room details listed for each room, such as number of beds and types of beds, so you can make the right choice to book for your family.

 

Can a family of 4 stay in one Cairns hotel room?

 

Yes. Look for Cairns hotels with rooms which have 2 double beds or 2 queen beds. On Expedia, you can use the family-friendly filter to narrow your search. These hotels are more likely to have such rooms suitable for a family of 4 to stay comfortably in one room.

Alternatively, you could hire an infant crib or additional rollaway beds to fit more people in a regular 2-person room. Check if your hotel of choice provides these facilities.

*These are only guidelines as policies and amenities may vary across hotels. For more information, view details listed on each property page.

 

Can a family of 5 stay in one Cairns hotel room?

 

Yes, depending on the hotel’s policies, it could be possible. Many family-friendly hotels have higher occupancy rooms that come with beds for 4 people, sometimes more. Of those hotels, look out for one which provides the following options to accommodate a fifth person:

✓ Infant cribs available (free or surcharge)

✓ Kids-stay-free policies (younger children can share existing bedding at no extra charge)

✓ Rollaway beds available (free or surcharge)

✓ Extra guests allowed

Alternatively, look for hotels with family suites or 2 connecting rooms.

On Expedia, you can find these details listed on each property page. Note, age restrictions and hotel rules around qualifying as a family apply for all of the above. Not all hotels allow extra staying guests.

 

Do Cairns hotels charge more for extra guests?

 

It depends on the hotel. Most of the time, yes a surcharge applies for any additional staying guest beyond the original capacity of the room -- for instance, having a third guest in a two-person room.

It’s not as clear in cases where the room already comes with enough beds to accommodate your guest(s).There may be no fees as many hotels charge per-room, not per-guest (unless breakfast is included). However, some hotels may still charge for any extra staying guest beyond the original number of guests mentioned in the booking. Many hotels require all staying guests to register their details.

Note that not all hotels allow extra overnight guests, so it’s best to check beforehand.

 

Can kids have their own hotel room in Cairns?

 

Generally speaking, young children under a certain age are not allowed their own room, unless it's a connecting room with their parents next door. Older children may be able to have their own room. It’s best to check the individual policy of the hotel you’re interested in, as this varies from one hotel to the next.

 

What is the difference between adjoining rooms and connecting rooms in a Cairns hotel?

 

The terms ‘adjoining’ and ‘connecting’ are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. That is, two hotel rooms that have a connecting door, where guests can move freely between both rooms without using the front door. For family travellers, this allows parents to have more comfort and privacy, yet remain within visible reach of their children comfortably in their own beds next door.

The more accurate term for this is connecting rooms. ‘Adjoining rooms’ are in fact simply two hotel rooms located next to each other.

 

How do you get an adjoining room at a Cairns hotel?

 

On Expedia, you can check if a hotel has adjoining rooms in the room details or property details.

Adjoining/connecting rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

 

How do I choose a good family-friendly hotel in Cairns?

 

Family travellers love hotels with good swimming pools, kids clubs, good service, larger rooms (to accommodate families of 4 or 5), and have a convenient location for sightseeing.

 

Consider location and transport options carefully, ensuring it's convenient to get around Cairns together as a family:

  • Hotel-airport shuttles (free or surcharge)
  • Free parking
  • Shuttles to family attractions (free or surcharge).
  • Well-connected public transportation nearby
  • Within walking distance to main attractions

 

You have the option of hotel alternatives too:

  • Spacious vacation rentals with multiple rooms
  • Aparthotels with in-room kitchenettes and laundry facilities
  • Unique local style of accommodation, for an authentic experience

 

How do I find a good family-friendly hotel in Cairns on Expedia?

 

You can start your search by entering your destination and dates, to see a list of hotels. Then check the filter box that says ‘family-friendly’, and sort the hotels to see the top recommended hotels, best deals or hotels with the best guest rating. Depending on the age of your children and the size of your family travelling together, different amenities will be more suitable. Look out for the features above.

You can also read genuine guest reviews from other family travellers. To do this, once you’ve found a hotel you’re interested in, click on the number of reviews, then select the ‘traveler type’ button. Here you can view only the most relevant reviews by selecting ‘families’ or ‘families with small children’.

 

How do I choose a good Cairns for a family with kids?

 

If you have young children, look for Cairns hotels which have the following available:

✓ Infant cribs

✓ Kids-stay-free policy

✓ Children’s pool

✓ Babysitting/childcare (free or surcharge)

✓ Supervised kids club

✓ Snacks available on-site

✓ Kids menu

 

Availability of these in-room facilities comes in handy for storing formula and preparing food:

✓ Microwave

✓ Refrigerator

✓ Kitchenette

 

How do I find a good Cairns for a family with teenage children?

 

If you have teenagers, look out for adjoining rooms, on-site arcade or gaming rooms, multiple pools, nearby activities and theme-park shuttles in your Cairns hotel.

 

How do I choose a Cairns hotel that’s good for a family with elderly parents?

 

If you’re travelling with older folks, use the filters to search for family-friendly hotels with accessibility features. Consider booking ground-floor rooms for easy access.

 

How do I find hotels in Cairns that are good for large families?

 

For large families, check if hotels have

✓ Kids-stay-free policy ✓ Additional/rollaway beds available for hire ✓ Connecting rooms ✓ Family suites ✓ Recreational activities for various ages.

 

How do I choose a good hotel for a Cairns family holiday on a budget?

 

On Expedia, you can use filters to search for family-friendly hotels, sort the hotels to view the cheapest first or the best deals available. When you’ve found a hotel you like, look at the guest rating or click on the number of guest reviews to see what past guests had to say.

Some other considerations to save costs are:

  • Room Facilities: Rooms that sleeps four to six people, rollaway beds available, kids-stay-free policy. Kitchenette for preparing and reheating group meals. Aparthotels with laundry facilities. Free airport transfers, free parking.
  • Hotel Location: Cheaper hotels outside the city-centre or popular tourist areas, with public transportation nearby so it's convenient to get around. Or hotels in the best location where you can walk to attractions.
  • Vacation Rentals: These tend to be more spacious and do not have 24-hour front desks, toiletries or other frills, so you save on those costs.