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Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$125 per night
0.36 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (980 reviews)

"Good value for money, good location within a short walk to all restaurants and places of interest."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2020

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$215 per night
0.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"Everything about the room was great. Buffet breakfast was not on due to COVID which is understandable. However, the breakfast menu was a little sparse and over complicated. You could only order 1 of 6 things and didn’t have the option to just have cereal, toast and fruit. I don’t love a heavy breakfast. ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$130 per night
1.05 km from city centre
4/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Room was spotless! View over sea gorgeous and sunrise each morning was spectacular. Beautiful large pool. Breakfast exceeded our expectations. Would definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2020

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

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Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
5 out of 5
123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$208 per night
22.8 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (832 reviews)

"Great Rooms, cleaned daily, staff friendly & helpful. Needed a late checkout, staff were able to assist & the extra rate was very reasonable😁 The pools are great, love the beach pool & swim up bar!!🍹🍹🍸Definitely a great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2020

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
5 Triton Street, Palm Cove, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$197 per night
22.18 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (687 reviews)

"Thoroughly enjoyed my stay, room location, food, notable staff - max on front desk and the breakfast crew in the restaurant."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2020

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
5 out of 5
131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$238 per night
0.69 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (504 reviews)

"Friendly welcoming staff. But room sadly was average. Air con was not working properly. Light buttons etc not clear at all. Rain shower had no pressure. Queen bed made up of 2 mattresses."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2020

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights
4 out of 5
1 Marlin Parade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$144 per night
0.46 km from city centre
4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"The position was really good, close to casino, cafes, lagoon and the prawn star for delicious seafood."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights
Mantra Esplanade
4 out of 5
53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$164 per night
0.29 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)

"Stayed one night here, found the check in staff very friendly and helpful, room was comfortable with a great view,"…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2020

Mantra Esplanade
Mantra Trilogy
4.5 out of 5
101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$138 per night
0.46 km from city centre
3.6/5Good! (992 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2020

Mantra Trilogy
Pullman Cairns International
5 out of 5
17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$183 per night
0.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"Amazing location and hospitality accompanied by best views.."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2020

Pullman Cairns International
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$157 per night
0.43 km from city centre
3.9/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"It was good, the did tell me congratulations you’ve Been given an upgrade . It wasn’t on the 6th floor that’s about it . We faced the road had no view of anything , the room had a spare bed in it which I didn’t need so took space from the room , people were noisey at 3am no security to get on any ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Park Regis City Quays
4 out of 5
6 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$119 per night
0.49 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (770 reviews)

"very handy location neat and clean quiet rooms although doors can bang a little on closing by a neighbour"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2020

Park Regis City Quays
Mantra Amphora
4.5 out of 5
49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$123 per night
22.31 km from city centre
4.2/5Very Good! (718 reviews)

"Upon arrival we were happily surprised to be told that they had booked our family into two units next to each other - this was something we did not expect at all. The resort was clean, well kept and modern. Fantastic location right on the boulevard, with easy access to plenty of restaurants and bars. ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Mantra Amphora
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
4 out of 5
18-26 Cannon Street, Manunda, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$103 per night
3.17 km from city centre
3.8/5Good! (990 reviews)

"Always reliable we had a great welcome from the team on reception Sadly the restaurant was closed at the time but the superior room was really spacious with a private courtyard leading to the pool and had been beautifully refurbished. Housekeeping do a great job with a smile every day We love the ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2020

Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$161 per night
22.25 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (450 reviews)

"Aircon didn't work properly. Couldn't open one door to the balcony and we couldn't lock the other door to balcony. Didn't like using the microwave to toast bread it took forever, lighting too dull in living area. It wasn't 2 bedroom even though advertised as a 2 bedroom. Living area was on the small ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2020

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
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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

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place for a stay in Cairns?
Sanctuary Palm Cove is a favourite property for Expedia customers. This 5-star hotel offers an outdoor pool and free WiFi. It is located a short 2-minute walk from Palm Cove Beach. Other favourite options based on traveller reviews include Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort and Travellers Oasis - Hostel.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Cairns, will I receive a refund?
Yes! The majority of hotel room reservations are refundable provided that you cancel prior to the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is usually within 24-48 hours of your check-in date. If you have a non-refundable reservation, you may still be able to cancel and be given a refund within a 24-hour period of booking. Put in your dates and click on “Search”, then filter by “free cancellation” to view the best deals available in Cairns.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in Cairns?
Based on reviews, Cairns Sunland Leisure Park is a popular property for our travellers who want a more economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other choices to stay on the cheap include Aspect Central and Hides Hotel Cairns.
What's the best accommodation option for families in Cairns?
Cairns Plaza Hotel is a top 3.5-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Other choices for your child-friendly holiday include Blue Lagoon Resort and Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove. Also, attractions such as Sugarworld Waterpark and Esplanade Lagoon are fun for children of all ages.
What's the best place to stay for a couple visiting Cairns?
Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove is a favourite 5-star resort for couples, and features bathrobes and a full-service spa. Other good options for a romantic stay include Pullman Reef Hotel Casino and Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa.
What's the best pet-friendly place to stay in Cairns?
Driftaway Holiday Villas is a top apartment for people travelling with their pets, and offers laundry facilities and in-room kitchens for its human guests. Sarayi Boutique Hotel is another option for a stay with your pet.
What's the best hotel for a beach holiday in Cairns?
Blue Lagoon Resort is a top 4.5-star beach hotel with 2 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Head to Palm Cove Beach or Clifton Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the best luxury accommodation option in Cairns?
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore is a 5-star aparthotel with a beachfront restaurant and 3 outdoor pools, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travellers looking for an elegant place to stay. Pacific Hotel Cairns and Pullman Reef Hotel Casino are other upscale choices for your stay.
What's the best boutique hotel in Cairns?
The Abbott Boutique Hotel is a favourite 4-star hotel with Expedia travellers looking for stylish accommodation, and features free WiFi. Sarayi Boutique Hotel and The Reef House Palm Cove MGallery are other choices for a boutique stay.
What's the best place to stay if I'm looking to play golf in Cairns?
Paradise Palms is a 4.5-star apartment featuring 2 outdoor pools and free parking, and it’s a top choice for playing a round of golf. You can tee off at Cairns Golf Club or Half Moon Bay Golf Course while you’re in town.
What's the best hotel for a trip to the slopes in Cairns?
Based on our travel data, On the Beach Holiday Apartments is a top 4-star hotel for skiing, and features 7 outdoor pools and free WiFi. Other good choices for your ski trip include Pullman Cairns International and Villa Shangri-la. Those looking to ski or snowboard can spend their days at Cairns Cable Ski.
What are some accommodations with pools in Cairns?
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is a popular 4.5-star hotel featuring an outdoor pool, a children’s pool and a swim-up bar. A couple of other options that feature an on-site pool include Palm Royale Cairns and Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove.

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