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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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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

122 Lake St, Cairns
    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$131

    Pacific Hotel Cairns

    Pacific Hotel Cairns

    Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns
      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$135

      Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

      Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

      Pierpoint Road, Cairns
        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$167

        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

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

          Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Cairns Esplanade and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens ...

          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel CairnsAU$134

          Pullman Cairns International

          Pullman Cairns International

          17 Abbott Street, Cairns
            5.0 out of 5.0
            4.3 out of 5 (72 reviews)

            A one-block walk from the Esplanade and from the departure terminal for the Barrier Reef, the hotel is also less than five minutes' walk from Cairns' shopping, ...

            Pullman Cairns InternationalAU$159

            Hilton Cairns

            Hilton Cairns

            34 Esplanade, Cairns
              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$160

              Mantra Trilogy

              Mantra Trilogy

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

                Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cairns Esplanade and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens ...

                Mantra TrilogyAU$127

                ibis Styles Cairns

                ibis Styles Cairns

                15 Florence Street, Cairns
                  3.5 out of 5.0
                  3.9 out of 5 (10 reviews)

                  Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cairns Aquarium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and ...

                  ibis Styles CairnsAU$103