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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$127 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.
1.05 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"Fantastic ocean views, ease of check in and helpful staff. Very comfy bed and a good size room"…"

Reviewed on 31 Oct. 2020

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$189 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.
0.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"Great location, just walk out on to the esplanade and you can walk along the water front. Staff are excellent."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
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$165 per night from 28 Nov. to 29 Nov.
0.27 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)

"Very modern and great location. Excellent steak restaurant."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2020

Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel and Residence
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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 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.
22.8 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (847 reviews)

"Peppers is in a beautiful setting with a very relaxed atmosphere All the staff were helpful and polite A negative would be the number of stairs we had to climb to get to our room as I am in my mid seventies and my partner is eighty one I guess climbing was fine but then we had to get our luggage ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
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 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.
0.69 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (528 reviews)

"A beautiful hotel with wonderful staff exceeding expectations"…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2020

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
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 28 Nov. to 29 Nov.
0.48 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (985 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
Mantra Amphora
4.5 out of 5
49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$134 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.
22.31 km from city centre
4.2/5Very Good! (727 reviews)

"Wonderfil place to stay, rooms are large with full kitchens. Grest swimming pool and lounging areas"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Mantra Amphora
Park Regis City Quays
4 out of 5
6 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$117 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.
0.49 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (783 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2020

Park Regis City Quays
Cairns Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
145 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$105 per night from 27 Nov. to 28 Nov.
0.82 km from city centre
4.2/5Excellent! (979 reviews)

"Our room had great views of the ocean and was close to many restaurants and within walking distance of grocery stores and the Cairns Aquarium. All staff were great!! Wonderful stay, would do it again!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Cairns Plaza Hotel
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 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.
22.25 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (458 reviews)
Imagine Drift Palm Cove

"Upgraded to two bedroom apartment at no extra cost as advised upon check in. Spacious and clean apartment. Really enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2020

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$157 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.
0.46 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (981 reviews)

"Very nice breakfast and large pool, but the wood decking around the pool is very hot to walk on"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2020

Hilton Cairns
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
5 out of 5
1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$305 per night from 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.
22.2 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (432 reviews)

"Perfect location, facilities, staff and really clean."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
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$89 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.
3.17 km from city centre
3.8/5Good! (985 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
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 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.
0.43 km from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (99 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel right in the heart of everything. Staff were friendly and very courteous. Would definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
5 out of 5
35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$183 per night from 16 Dec. to 17 Dec.
0.45 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)

"The staff were very friendly and helpful The food was very good and lots of choices"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$109 per night from 27 Nov. to 28 Nov.
23.19 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (687 reviews)

"Staff was extremely helpful. Beds were comfortable and pool area very nice."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
Cairns Sunland Leisure Park
4 out of 5
49-61 Little Pease Street, Manoora, QLD
The price is AU$56 per night from 27 Nov. to 28 Nov.
3.78 km from city centre
3.9/5Very Good! (1,140 reviews)

"Quiet, friendly, very welcoming value for money ķkkķ"…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2020

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park
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$212 per night from 16 Dec. to 17 Dec.
22.18 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (692 reviews)

"Beautiful room with decent size bathroom. Second pillow was a little flat but amazing soft blankets available. Restaurant at the resort is incredible and has amazing food. Amazing pools and bar which you can order from and enjoy cocktails by the pool."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2020

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Mantra Esplanade
4 out of 5
53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$156 per night from 28 Nov. to 29 Nov.
0.29 km from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (986 reviews)

"Room needed to refurbish The Spa didn't work for the Entire Week that wee where there the Gym was close"…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2020

Mantra Esplanade
Oaks Cairns Hotel
59-63 Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$139 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.
0.26 km from city centre
Oaks Cairns Hotel
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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 Travellers Oasis - Hostel and Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort.
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. 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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