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Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$144 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
0.46 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Great staff and love the tropical feel of the hotel. Everything was clean and to a high standard."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2021

Hilton Cairns
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$116 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
1.05 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)

"Tired old hotel, but the staff were nice, it was reasonably priced and decent location. I would suggest a newer hotel if you can pay the little extra, otherwise this place will do the job!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2021

Rydges Esplanade Resort 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 from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
0.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"location was great. Modernized room ok . pool area fun"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
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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 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
0.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (1,001 reviews)

"Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Room was very airy and light. Pool area was beautiful and great for relaxing after day trips. Great central location - would love to have stayed longer!!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2021

Pullman Cairns International
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
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0.56 km from city centre
4.2/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"Food was only ok breakfast was ordinary bacon always dry and i stayed for 6 nights and it was always the same"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel and Residence
5 out of 5
163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$173 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
0.27 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (78 reviews)

"Position was excellent. Walking distance to everything."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2021

Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel and Residence
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 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
22.8 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (855 reviews)

"Great resort and friendly staff. Would return to this resort."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec. 2020

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
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$152 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.
0.43 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (115 reviews)

"Hotel was in a great location with on-site parking. In-house restaurant served tasty food. Tiny comment about the cocktails not tasting consistent. Our room was great, no issues whatsoever. Room attendant staff were lovely. Pool area was great. Check in and out were seamless. Would definitely recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2021

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Flynn, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
5 out of 5
85 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$173 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
0.31 km from city centre
4.2/5Excellent! (14 reviews)

"My favourite hotel in cairns with amazing service and friendly staff. Unfortunately the keys don’t always work but the staff were very quick each time to sort the issue"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2021

Flynn, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
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$185 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
22.18 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (693 reviews)

"Amazing facilities and friendly staff. The location is perfect with everything a very short walk away. Stayed in 2 bedroom apartment has everything you need"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Cairns Sunland Leisure Park
4 out of 5
49-61 Little Pease Street, Manoora, QLD
The price is AU$55 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
3.78 km from city centre
3.9/5Very Good! (1,150 reviews)

"I like the pleasent people running it and the location. Usually we stay here and it is great but this time i think they need to upgrade the room we stayed in. It needs a little TLC. But i always love staying there."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2020

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park
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$129 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
22.25 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (467 reviews)

"Lovely 2 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. Disappointed that we didn’t have a toaster as it said it was meant to. Also had a few cockroaches and ants. A can of insect spray would of been handy."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2021

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Cairns Sheridan Hotel
4 out of 5
295 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$140 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
2.3 km from city centre
4.2/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"Great location for the airport, free parking, good sized rooms"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2021

Cairns Sheridan Hotel
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$247 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
0.69 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (540 reviews)

"Best Hotel ever. Highly recommended for familes. Outdoor resort pool is heated and suitable for any weather."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2021

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$143 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
0.46 km from city centre
4.4/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"From checkin to checkout so friendly and professional, comfortable beds and great location."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2020

The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights
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$78 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.
3.17 km from city centre
3.8/5Good! (992 reviews)

"Very friendly, professional, and accommodating staff. Couldn't fault the stay, which was very reasonably priced. The poolside bar offers a pleasant atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2020

Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Cairns Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
145 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$110 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
0.82 km from city centre
4.2/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Need to update on website that their breakfast restaurant isn’t open due to covid"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2021

Cairns Plaza Hotel
Mantra Trilogy
4.5 out of 5
101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$146 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
0.46 km from city centre
3.6/5Good! (991 reviews)

"Hotel is in a great location, staff are friendly and very help. The pool was great and bed were really comfy. Would highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2020

Mantra Trilogy
Mantra Amphora
4.5 out of 5
49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$134 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
22.31 km from city centre
4.2/5Very Good! (736 reviews)

"Spacious well appointed rooms in a great location. My ground floor apartment had its own access the the grounds and was perfectly positioned with easy access (but not too close) to the pool."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Mantra Amphora
Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
4 out of 5
Cnr Abbott And Florence Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$119 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.
0.54 km from city centre
3.7/5Good! (990 reviews)

"Close to the city, basic but clean and staff were very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre
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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?
Cannon Park Motel is a top 4-star property on Expedia for families, and features an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Other choices for your child-friendly holiday include Amphora Resort Luxury Private Apartments and Alamanda Luxury Private Apartments. 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. 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 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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