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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


Top Hotel Deals in Cairns

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
5.0 out of 5.0 131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free Cancellation
AU$205
4.8/5 (9 reviews)

I enjoyed my stay here, wonderful restaurant at the top of the tower. Could have done with some cups for tea,( there was no english breakfast ea anyway) as there were only coffee cups in the room, and I was not able to use room service, as I did not know how to use the ipad.BUT on the whole, fabulous ...

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2019
A stay at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort places you in the heart of Cairns, within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Night Markets.
Pullman Cairns International
Pullman Cairns International
5.0 out of 5.0 17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
Free Cancellation
AU$192
4.3/5 (79 reviews)

I love this place, it’s reliable, consistent and lovely. Good location. My only issue is that the walls/doors aren’t sound proof so I get woken by housekeeping and other guests early in the morning - I like to sleep in i holidays! But everything else is great

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2019
With a stay at Pullman Cairns International, you'll be centrally located in Cairns, just a 5-minute walk from Cairns Convention Centre and 12 minutes by foot ...
Hilton Cairns
Hilton Cairns
5.0 out of 5.0 34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free Cancellation
AU$171
4.2/5 (28 reviews)

Great pool; very friendly & helpful staff. Mondo restaurant wasn't so good - ordinary food and not enough staff for the amount of people

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019
With a stay at Hilton Cairns, you'll be centrally located in Cairns, just a 3-minute walk from Reef Fleet Terminal and 11 minutes by foot from Cairns ...
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5.0 out of 5.0 Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
AU$170
4.1/5 (34 reviews)

Great location especially for water excursions. Very walkable to restaurants and shopping. On-site concierge to help you plan what you’d like to do as options are overwhelming! Friendly staff.

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2019
With a stay at Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, you'll be centrally located in Cairns, within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Marlin Marina and Esplanade Lagoon.
Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5.0 Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
Free Cancellation
AU$145
4.1/5 (33 reviews)

Reception staff were great. The breakfast was excellent and affordable. The view was magnificent. Very close to Casino and tour boatds.

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2019
With a stay at Pacific Hotel Cairns, you'll be centrally located in Cairns, within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Night Markets and Cairns Marlin Marina.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5.0 121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
Free Cancellation
AU$152
4.0/5 (47 reviews)

Location is great. Views awesome. Standard checkout of 12 noon is convenient. Bathroom could be a bit bigger!!!

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2019
With a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns, you'll be centrally located in Cairns, steps from Cairns Esplanade and 6 minutes by foot from Cairns Night ...
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5.0 122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
Free Cancellation
AU$154
3.8/5 (59 reviews)

We loved the resort. Would whole totally recommend this place.

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2019
With a stay at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, you'll be centrally located in Cairns, steps from Cairns Aquarium and within a 10-minute walk of Cairns ...
Rydges Plaza Cairns
Rydges Plaza Cairns
4.0 out of 5.0 Corner Grafton And Spence Streets, Cairns, QLD
Free Cancellation
AU$127
2.3/5 (24 reviews)

Great location, decent pool area , great breakfasts, great staff, bathrooms are a bit tired and need renovating ....

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2018
With a stay at Rydges Plaza Cairns, you'll be centrally located in Cairns, within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome and Cairns Night ...

Top Deals on Flights to Cairns

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