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10 Best Hotels in Cairns

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
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AU$174
per night
Jan 12 - Jan 13
4.4/5Excellent! (2,679 reviews)

"Amazing room: spacious and comfy. Staff is A from any hotel I've stayed in. Literally my only complaint was that room service was served in takeaway containers, rather than a tray. Still tasted great, but lacked that "special" feeling of ordering room service"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$153
per night
Jan 8 - Jan 9
4.3/5Excellent! (2,100 reviews)

"Good location, friendly staff, large room and comfortable bed"…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
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AU$154
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24
4/5Very Good! (2,357 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
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
5 out of 5
131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
AU$209
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
4.6/5Wonderful! (277 reviews)

"The hotel and staff were Amazing! They were really great at helping me get a package delivered and the hotel is so nice and clean and close to restaurants, pier and shopping."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Pullman Cairns International
5 out of 5
17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$183
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,532 reviews)

"Went to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and it was very convenient."…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019

Pullman Cairns International
Mantra Trilogy
4.5 out of 5
101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
AU$146
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
3.8/5Good! (1,445 reviews)

"all building smell moldy and we have to turn off air condition to reduce the smell. Since it is in the tropical climate near ocean management should check and clean the air condition regularly. Parking spaces are limited. The staffs are very friendly and helpful. It is in great location close to ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2019

Mantra Trilogy
Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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AU$152
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24
4.3/5Excellent! (2,166 reviews)

"The Hilton Cairns was convenient to the pier where all the excursions depart for the Great Barrier Reef. Many restaurants on the board walk and was close to public transportation for buses to the beaches. The hotel was clean, room was spacious with balcony."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Hilton Cairns
Bailey a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
4.5 out of 5
163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$199
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
4.5/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)

"Our stay was excellent! Very friendly staff and great service. Just perfect!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Bailey a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$143
per night
Jan 8 - Jan 9
4.2/5Very Good! (2,218 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Rydges Plaza Cairns
4 out of 5
Corner Grafton And Spence Streets, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$118
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
3.5/5Good! (989 reviews)

"Great location and very pleasant and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019

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Visiting Cairns

Families will find kid-friendly activities in Cairns, and visitors give high marks for the coral reefs, shopping, and local tours. This city also attracts tourists with its rainforests and restaurants. Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens, Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway are some of the top sights around the area.

  • There are 60 hotels and other accommodations in Cairns
  • The closest major airport is in Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) 5.6 from the city center

Sightseeing and Staying in Cairns

Families come for attractions such as Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome, and ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre. The rainforest and beaches highlight the city's natural beauty with places to visit including Michaelmas Cay, Cairns Harbour Cruises, and Cairns Esplanade. Shopping is a favorite activity, so consider an excursion to Cairns Night Markets and Cairns Central Shopping Centre.

In Cairns, there are 60 hotels and other lodging accommodations so you'll have plenty of choices for a perfect vacation. Here's a top place to stay based on our user reviews:

  • Waters Edge Apartments Cairns - This 5-star condo features 2 outdoor pools, free parking, and a spa tub. Expedia customers like its pool and helpful staff.

Outside the city, top places to visit include Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens, located 2.2 mi (3.5 from the heart of the city, and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, which is 2.6 mi (4.2 away.

Getting Around Cairns

To see more of the larger area, hop aboard a train at Cairns Station. Cairns might not have as many public transit choices so consider a car rental to maximize your time.

Dressing for Cairns

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 89°F and the nighttime average to be 72°F
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 85°F during the day and 63°F at night
  • July through September averages 84°F during the day and 62°F at night
  • In October-December, the average temperature is 89°F during the day and 67°F at night
  • Cairns gets about 81.65 inches of rain per year
  • Hottest months are usually January and December with an average temperature of 88°F, while the coldest months are July and August with an average of 63°F

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