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Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
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0.36 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (967 reviews)

"Hotel moved us to the Mantra Esplanade due to this hotel becoming a Govt Quarantine Hotel. Mantra was great. Perfect location. Clean and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 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$189 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.
0.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel in a perfect location, next to bars, restaurants, shops and the marina. Rooms were a good size and the pool was amazing."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 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$142 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.
1.05 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (965 reviews)

"Clean and and comfortable with friendly staff. TV's could do with an update"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 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$223 per night from 31 Oct. to 1 Nov.
22.8 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (841 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$203 per night from 15 Nov. to 16 Nov.
22.18 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (690 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$229 per night from 5 Nov. to 6 Nov.
0.69 km from city centre
4.6/5Exceptional! (518 reviews)

"Close to restaurants, shopping & entertainment, lovely location right on the Esplanade"…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 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$155 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.
0.46 km from city centre
4.4/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"Parking is expensive"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights
Mantra Esplanade
4 out of 5
53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$156 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.
0.29 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"A fantastic stay in the heart of Cairns. Great location with amenities close by. Would definitely recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

Mantra Esplanade
Mantra Trilogy
4.5 out of 5
101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$154 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.
0.46 km from city centre
3.6/5Good! (979 reviews)

"Great location close to shops and restaurants. Nice pool with limited sun due to high buildings. Unfortunately we didn't get any clean towels or extra laundry powder, toilet paper during our 5 day stay. It would be good to have an information book in the room to tell us more. Access to second bedroom ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 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$161 per night from 29 Oct. to 30 Oct.
0.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Clean, Quiet, Central with AMAZING facilities and close to everything; especially the Marina which was always lovely to go and have an early morning coffee and get on an early boat tour!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 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$161 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.
0.43 km from city centre
4.2/5Excellent! (89 reviews)

"Close to everything. Easy access. Kids breakfast would benefit from more variety"…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 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$116 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.
0.49 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (776 reviews)

"Hallways smelt a bit musty but otherwise overall was a good stay"…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2020

Park Regis City Quays
Mantra Amphora
4.5 out of 5
49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$146 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.
22.31 km from city centre
4.2/5Very Good! (724 reviews)

"Lovely apartment in a great location! Staff were very helpful with sorting out an initial issue and we can’t thank them enough for helping us have a great holiday."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 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$87 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.
3.17 km from city centre
3.8/5Good! (982 reviews)

"Is clean and easy to access.The staff were polite and helpful. The biggest problem was the hotel WiFi signal was not strong enough to access from inside our room."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 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$139 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.
22.25 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (454 reviews)

"Pool area is fabulous and very well kept as are the appartments. The front desk staff could not be nicer or more helpful. Highly recommend this place."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 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 Nightcap at Balaclava Hotel 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 Cairns Sunland Leisure Park and Blue Lagoon Resort. 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 Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore.
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. Other good options for you and your pet’s trip include Sarayi Boutique Hotel and Lilybank Guest House.
What's the best hotel for a beach holiday in Cairns?
Blue Lagoon Resort is a top 4.5-star beach hotel offering 2 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants, located within a short 4-minute walk of Trinity Beach . Other good options for your beach trip include Sea Change Beachfront Apartments and Trinity Beach Club Holiday Apartments.
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 our travellers looking for stylish accommodation, and features 33 guestrooms and free WiFi. Sarayi Boutique Hotel and Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore 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. Other good options to stay near a golf course include The Sebel Palm Cove Coral Coast and Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort. 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 accommodation options 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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