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CairnsAustralia

Enjoy year-round tropical weather in this laid-back city, situated on the doorstep of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. 

Cairns is a popular destination to explore Tropical North Queensland. The small, laid-back city has waterfront parks, shops and restaurants, is surrounded by rainforests and lies within close proximity to two World Heritage sites.

Cairns is the gateway city to the pristine 135-million-year-old Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world and home to a colourful and diverse marine life. Admire the reef as part of a snorkel or dive tour organised in the city centre. If you would rather stay dry, many tour boats have a glass bottom so you can marvel at the view beneath you. A short drive north will take you to the Daintree Rainforest, where you can explore one of the most biologically diverse areas on the globe.

Just outside Cairns is Barron Gorge National Park. See the rainforest at ground level along the many footpaths or admire the deep gorges and waterfalls from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide over the forest canopy before arriving at Kuranda, known as the Village in the Rainforest. Include a visit to the nearby Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park where you can throw a boomerang, blow into a didgeridoo and watch a dance show.

Discover native Australian animals at Cairns Tropical Zoo, such as koalas and wombats. To see North Queensland’s native crocodiles, head to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, where you can get close enough to feed them.

The coastline around Cairns features many beautiful beaches. Drive north to get to the unspoiled Trinity Beach, Clifton Beach and stylish Palm Cove Beach.

Back in Cairns, round off your day with a dip in the Esplanade Lagoon, a stroll along the Marlin Marina and then join the locals at the city’s Esplanade, the perfect place for an evening barbeque.

Where to stay in Cairns

Top hotels in Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort 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$127 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Cairns North, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Base Hospital and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (970 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
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$199 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from Reef Fleet Terminal and Cairns Marlin Marina. Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns ...

4.3/5Excellent! (975 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
Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel and Residence
5 out of 5
163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$159 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Night Markets, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Marlin Marina. ...

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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Cairns

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$129 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (459 reviews)

"Great location, easy access to shops and the beach. Beautiful pool, friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2020

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
5 out of 5
1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$306 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (433 reviews)

"Was amazing except gym was tucked away underground- limited weights and no water available otherwise everything else was perfect- beautiful rooms and comfortable beds."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2020

Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
5 out of 5
31-35 Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach, QLD
The price is AU$363 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Trinity Beach apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Cultural Park and Smithfield Shopping ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (937 reviews)

"Amazing Sea views, self contained style apartments & walk across the road & you are on the beach."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov. 2020

Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Cairns

Top activities in Cairns

Reviews of Cairns

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

SJ

26 Mar. 2020

Cairns is a beautiful little city. So many outdoor things to do. Natural beauty.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Mar. 2020

Good place to walk around very clean and tidy , the lido was excellent although we didn’t use it , an excellent sea front

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Our first trip to FNQ & it exceeded our expectations. Sure it was hot & muggy but we sweated through it. Just loved the greenery, birds, butterflies, bats, flowers, smells, eateries, views, etc … We won't hesitate to return @ the first opportunity.

5/5 - Excellent

Ricky

18 Mar. 2020

1 Word..... AMAZING..!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar. 2020

A visit to Kuranda is a must do when in Cairns

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Feb. 2020

Able to see all I wanted to in 4 days. Great barrier reef was amazing

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