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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
Feb 5 - Feb 6
4.4/5Excellent! (2,679 reviews)

"Beautiful and convenient to the Marina. Near lovely restaurants and shopping and attractions."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Rydges Plaza Cairns
4 out of 5
Corner Grafton And Spence Streets, Cairns, QLD
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AU$113
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3
3.5/5Good! (1,036 reviews)

"Great location for nightlife etc. Staff were friendly and helpful. Property is seeming a little dated? The weekend we stayed the pool was closed for maintenance and the bar closed for a private function. A bit disappointing"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

Rydges Plaza Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$149
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18
4.3/5Excellent! (2,100 reviews)

"Nice room. Good location. Helpful, friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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AU$151
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
4.3/5Excellent! (2,186 reviews)

"Check in was easy. Room was ready early. Received a text about an hour after check in to check we were happy with the room. Very nice touch. Location was excellent"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Hilton Cairns
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
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AU$157
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27
4/5Very Good! (2,387 reviews)

"Great hotel. Only downside was you couldn't really use the balcony for anything other than hanging out washing. Nowhere to sit whilst trying to get the children to sleep."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
5 out of 5
131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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AU$211
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17
4.6/5Wonderful! (277 reviews)

"Service from the beginning to the end was world class. The Panorama Room was breathtaking and highly recommended for couples."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
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AU$111
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8
4.2/5Very Good! (2,244 reviews)

"The swimming pool and spa was great, specially the spa. Room was comfortable and clean"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Mantra Trilogy
4.5 out of 5
101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
AU$138
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25
3.8/5Good! (1,457 reviews)

"Friendly staff. Well secured. Comfy bed. EXCELLENT location in Cairns. Great shower. Some things were a little dated but overall, great value and I was impressed. I would book again."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Mantra Trilogy
Bailey a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
4.5 out of 5
163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
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AU$205
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)

"Disappointed,didn’t have a balcony,stuck within 4 walls,so stayed at esplanade most of the time.Breakfast was good,I’ll give it a 3and a half ⭐️."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2020

Bailey a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
Cairns City Sheridan
3 out of 5
157 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$84
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21
3.3/5 (916 reviews)

"Great stay each time I book in. I'm a regular customer. 👍"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020

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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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