Destination Guide

Cairns, Australia

Cairns is the ultimate international tourist destination with access to some of Australias' most unique and popular wonders. People come from all over the world to experience the beauty of Cairns.

Located in Northern Queensland, Cairns has beautiful hotels, delicious restaurants, and an endless supply of things to do. From surfing to skydiving, to snorkelling and fishing, Cairns will definitely keep you busy. Visitors to Cairns are also in a prime location to experience epic rainforests and the miraculous Great Barrier Reef. Cairns promises a vacation that you will not soon forget.

Getting in and around Cairns

Cairns Airport

Getting in to Cairns is fairly easy thanks to its very own airport. Cairns International Airport is the gateway to numerous other travel destinations around Cairns. Cairns International Airport receives both international and domestic flights from Australia's major cities and travel destinations. Many domestic airlines will take you to Cairns from major cities while Qantas has direct flights to Cairns from numerous cities around Australia. Once you arrive at the airport, you can take a short shuttle or taxi ride into town.It is also convenient to take a train to Cairns, as the train station is just a short distance from the city centre and most hotels.

Cairns Transport

The centre of Cairns is small enough to be explored on foot. However, many of Cairns attractions lie beyond the city. If you're not taking a tour, you may consider renting a car.

Cairns Car Hire

Because it is such a popular tourist destination you will find your popular car hire companies based in Cairns. If you want to get out of town hiring a car is a great way to do it!

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Cairns accommodation

Cairns' international tourism industry is vast, therefore Cairns has a wide variety of hotels at every price point. From luxurious resorts and spas, to hostels and apartments, every traveller can find the perfect accommodation in Cairns.

Luxury
  • The Shangri-La Hotel Visitors can enjoy breathtaking ocean views from their room at this hotel that's known for superior service and modern luxury.
  • The Hilton Cairns proves that you can't go wrong when you choose the Hilton brand.
Mid-range
Budget
  • Queen's Court is ideal for budget travellers as well as families visiting Cairns.
  • Reef Retreat Resort is a comfortable and affordable accommodation conveniently located near the famous Great Barrier Reef.
Backpackers
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Things to do in Cairns

As a major international tourist destination, Cairns has a laundry list of things to do and see. Either within the city limits or an easy distance beyond, there are numerous activities and natural wonders to enjoy. Every day you spend in Cairns will be a busy one.

  • Daintree National Park. Daintree National Park contains the oldest existing rainforest in the world and it's also home to the historically significant Cape Tribulation. Daintree National Park is open for camping, hiking, and guided tours.
  • Take a tour. There is so much to see in and around Cairns, the best way to see it all is to take a tour. There are numerous tour companies around Cairns that can help you experience all that Cairns has to offer from natural wonders, to wildlife, to food and wine.
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. The Skyrail in Cairns is an unforgettable experience. See the beautiful rainforest from the air to take in all of its vast beauty.
  • Reef Casino Cairns. The Reef Casino in Cairns doubles as a hotel and a great source of entertainment. Try your luck at the casino or enjoy dining at their delicious restaurant. After a long day in the Australian sun, you'll love spending the evenings at the Reef Casino.
  • Duyfken. At Marlin Wharf, you can tour a replica of Duyfken, which was the first European exploration ship to ever visit the Australian continent. You and your family can tour a replica of this magnificent vessel and see what it was like to operate and live on a 16th century ship. You can even sail aboard this working ship!
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    Day trips in and around Cairns

  • Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is arguably the main portal to the world famous Great Barrier Reef. Boat tours to the reef take only an hour and you can experience a day of snorkelling or scuba diving that won't be outdone anywhere else in the world.
  • Go fishing! Fishermen love Cairns because the waters are rich with fish of all varieties. Deep sea fishermen have been known to catch black marlins of record weight.
  • Take to the air! Cairns is not just a hub for water sports. Visitors to Cairns have easy access to facility that will help them fulfil their dreams of skydiving, hang gliding, or even hot air ballooning.
  • Mission Beach. Mission Beach is short one and a half hours drive from Cairns and hosts a wealth of things to do. Spend a day in Mission Beach enjoying the extravagant shopping and delicious restaurants. You can even explore the reef or lay on the secluded beach.
  • Diving tours. There are a million different ways to explore the magnificent world below the water in Cairns. There are plenty of diving expeditions and you're sure to find one that's ideal for your trip. You can dive in style or keep it simple. You can even live aboard for a few days to ensure you get your fill of the Great Barrier Reef.
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