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Holiday In Cairns

Say hello to sunshine, palm trees, cocktails and fun. 
Cairns is the gateway to Tropical North Queensland, and one fabulous place to start checking this part of Australia out. The young and young-at-heart flock to Cairns, with its wild backpacker bars (plus other nightlife!), crystal-clear swimming lagoon and adventure activities. Whether you want to feast your eyes on the Great Barrier Reef or wander the Daintree Rainforest, our Cairns hotels will give you a comfy place to recharge your body (and your phone) before another big day of living every lastminute.

Things to See and Do

There’s a good reason it’s famous: you simply can’t miss the Great Barrier Reef’s many eye-popping sights. The largest living thing on earth, it’s chockas with marine life, from sea turtles to dugongs to thousands of colourful fish. If you have a taste for adventure, dive deep into this remarkable reef with a scuba dive or snorkel. You’ll see coral formations you won’t find anywhere else around the globe, schools of fish and heaps of other marine life. Under the sea, under the sea…

The Reef isn’t the only part of the ocean worth checking out here. Lay down your towel on the lovely beaches that surround Cairns. Known as “the Northern Beaches”, they include gems like Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Lovely long stretches of sand with headlands and palm trees, these beaches have become popular with travellers – and it’s easy to understand why. But the beaches aren’t your only options for swimming in Cairns. The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is a safe, scenic, four-hectare swimming pool complete with statues of fish spouting water from their tails. It’s a cool place for a swim, a sunbake or a BBQ (yum), so take a walk along the Esplanade and check it out.

Lace up your hiking shoes, because you can find your Zen here in the Daintree Rainforest. A guided tour can make things easy, but you can also explore the Daintree’s forests, rivers and beaches – like calm, clear Cape Tribulation - with a solo trek.

It’s easy to fill up the days in Cairns: Take a trip on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Visit Cairns Tropical Zoo and the Cairns Regional Art Gallery. Take a trip to Barron Gorge National Park for some snaps of the rainforest, ravines and waterfalls.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife

You don’t have to hit the clubs to have a great time at night. The Cairns Night Markets are THE place to shop in Cairns, with a bustling food court and heaps of spots to buy a super-unique souvenir. When you head out to dinner the choices are abundant, from seafood to juicy steak to fine dining from around the world.

And when it’s night-time, Cairns has the right club for you whether you’re after a classy, laidback affair or a wild time. There are bars for backpackers, English and Irish taverns, beer gardens and cocktails.

Getting here

Whether it’s wanderlust or a craving for relaxation, Cairns will satisfy. Wrap up your Cairns accommodation and cheap flight to Cairns in the same package with us and start a tropical north Queensland adventure YOUR way.

Guide to Exploring Cairns

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Pacific Hotel Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns

Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
    4.5 out of 5.0
    4.0 out of 5 (30 reviews)

    Located adjacent to the Esplanade lagoon in the city center of Cairns, this hotel is near shopping, The Reef Hotel Casino Cairns, the Reef Fleet Terminal, and ...

    Pacific Hotel CairnsAU$149

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

    122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
      4.5 out of 5.0
      3.7 out of 5 (47 reviews)

      This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Aquarium, Cairns Night Markets, and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Central ...

      Novotel Cairns Oasis ResortAU$124

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

      121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
        4.5 out of 5.0
        4.0 out of 5 (39 reviews)

        Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Center of Contemporary Arts and Cairns Esplanade. Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns Night ...

        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel CairnsAU$118

        Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

        Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

        Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
          5.0 out of 5.0
          4.0 out of 5 (26 reviews)

          With its location directly on Marlin Marina, above Pier Shopping Complex, and next to the Esplanade, this hotel is within 1 km of Cairns's city center, convention ...

          Shangri-La Hotel, The MarinaAU$180

          Mantra Esplanade

          Mantra Esplanade

          53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
            4.0 out of 5.0
            3.8 out of 5 (14 reviews)

            Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Cairns Regional Gallery, Esplanade Lagoon, and Cairns Night Markets. Cairns Esplanade and ...

            Mantra EsplanadeAU$140

            Cairns Plaza Hotel

            Cairns Plaza Hotel

            145 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
              3.5 out of 5.0
              4.0 out of 5 (17 reviews)

              Situated in Cairns, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Muddy's Playground, Cairns Esplanade, and Esplanade Lagoon. Cairns Night Markets and Cairns Marlin ...

              Cairns Plaza HotelAU$121

              Mantra Trilogy

              Mantra Trilogy

              101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
                4.5 out of 5.0
                3.1 out of 5 (40 reviews)

                Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Cairns Esplanade, Kick Contemporary Arts, and Jute Theatre.

                Mantra TrilogyAU$145

                Hilton Cairns

                Hilton Cairns

                34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                  4.2 out of 5 (26 reviews)

                  Overlooking Trinity Inlet in the heart of Cairns, this hotel is a few minutes' walk to city center shopping. Cairns Airport is 8 km (5 mi) away.

                  Hilton CairnsAU$156

                  *Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.