WELCOME TO CAIRNS!

Cairns City, Queensland, Australia

Cairns is a modern and vibrant city and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest. Cairns is an ideal base to explore the wonderful attractions Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

CAIRNS HOLIDAY PACKAGES

There are so many Accommodation options, Tours and Attractions available for your holiday in Cairns. To save you time and money we have packaged together the best options and negotiated great package rates year round.

All the transfers, pickup times, Levies and extras and upgrades are included in the our package prices. We want to make sure your holiday runs smoothly without any unexpected problems and fees.

Our local Cairns consultants are here to help you plan and book your ideal Holiday in Cairns.
Book online here or call us during office hours: 1800 663 396

GATEWAY TO THE REEF

Cairns Reef & Skyrail

 

Cairns is the heart of the Tropical North & Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and an excellent base for exploring this wide and varied region. 

With the Great Barrier Reef on our doorstep, the spectacular Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown and Cape York to the north, the cool Tablelands and outback to the west and a variety of attractions inbetween, Cairns is a tropical playground with no shortage of attractions and activites to choose from.

CAIRNS CITY

Cairns City is framed by a backdrop of rainforest mountain ranges, with the Cairns Esplanade being the hub for visitors to the city.

The Cairns Esplanade is a scenic promenade that stretches for 2.5km and includes a swimming lagoon, waterfront boardwalks, BBQ areas and a childrens water park.Cairns City

The southern end of the Cairns Esplanade is the central hub where you will find the swimming lagoon, Reef Fleet Terminal, marina, The Pier complex and over 100 restaurants to choose from. It is a relatively small CBD bounded by Cairns Central Shopping Centre to the west, Cairns Airport to the north and Cairns City Council buildings to the south.

The northern end of the Cairns Esplanade is very peaceful and scenic, away from the hustle and bustle, but still within easy walking distance to all the entertainment.

CAIRNS ACCOMMODATION

Cairns City has a wide variety of accommodation from international hotels to holiday apartments, family resorts and budget backpacker hostels. Cairns Accommodation

Choosing a central accommodation location in Cairns City is ideal to easily access the Reef Fleet Terminal where many Great Barrier Reef day trips depart from. If you prefer a beach holiday then the most popular northern beaches - Trinity Beach and Palm Cove are situated just 20 minutes by car north of Cairns City.

 

CAIRNS TOURS & ACTIVITIES

Cairns is an adventure-lovers paradise with numerous tours and adrenaline activities on offer.

From white water rafting to bungee jumping and skydiving, and with hundreds of tours visiting the Great Barrier Reef each year, you're sure to find one, or a couple, to try.Cairns Tours

Cairns is the main departure point to the Great Barrier Reef with trips departing daily all year round catering to all levels of experience, whether you are a beginner snorkeler, advanced diver or do not swim at all we can find you the right reef cruise for your ultimate Great Barrier Reef adventure.

Kuranda trips are very flexible with frequent departures throughout the day. We can tailor your trip to include either the basic Kuranda Train & Skyrail experience or the Ultimate Experience incorporating many attractions within Kuranda Village.

GETTING TO CAIRNS

By Air
Travel to Cairns is simple with several domestic and international flights arriving daily. Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue all operate out of Cairns with scheduled services to most Australia state capitals as well as regional locations. Cairns Airport

Cairns also receives international flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. The airport is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the CBD, 25 minutes from Palm Cove and the Northern Beaches and approx one hour from Port Douglas. Door to door coach transfers meet all flights and provide ease and convenience on your arrival.

By Road
Cairns is approximately 1750km from Brisbane, and if you have time up your sleeve then self driving is a great way to experience the ever changing landscapes of Queensland. The Bruce Highway is Queensland's main route connecting Brisbane to Cairns. Greyhound Australia and Premier bus services also operate regular scheduled departures from Brisbane to Cairns, travel time approx 27 to 29 hours.

By Railto Cairns by train - Spirit of Queensland
Queensland Rail operates services from Brisbane to Cairns twice weekly on the Tilt Train and three departures a week on the Sunlander. Average travel time is 24 hours on the Tilt Train and 31 hours on the Sunlander. Cairns Central Railway Station is located in the heart of the city to the rear of Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Taxis and coach transfers are available from here to transfer you to your accommodation.

CAIRNS BEACHES

To experience white sandy beaches in Cairns you must head to the Northern Beaches which commence just 10 minutes from the CBD.

Machans and Holloways Beach are the closest beaches to the north of the City, both popular with the locals.Trinity Beach

Holloways Beach features budget holiday apartments and an absolute beachfront cafe, and a great Sunday afternoon live music venue.

Yorkeys Knob offers holiday apartments and is popular with kite surfing enthusiasts.

Trinity Beach is popular with locals & visitors to the region, here you will find a beautiful palm fringed beach with an array of holiday apartments and some lovely restaurants to choose from.

Clifton and Kewarra Beach share the same stretch of sand as Palm Cove, appealing as they offer a peaceful escape.

Palm Cove has developed into an exclusive resort & spa destination, huge Malaleuca trees line the Esplanade along with beach shacks, restaurants and 5 star resorts.

Ellis Beach without doubt has the most stunning backdrop of extremely high rainforest covered mountains and an outlook to Double Island, just 30 minutes drive north of Cairns it's well worth a visit.

THE DAINTREE RAINFOREST

The Daintree Rainforest is a must see. The Daintree Rainforest - Mossman Gorge

No where else in the world can you experience two natural wonders side by side - where World Heritage Listed reef and rainforest actually meet.

There are plenty of day trips  departing Cairns and activities to choose from including Aboriginal-guided rainforest walks with the local Kuku Yalanji people, river wildlife cruises, guided bird spotting, exploring secluded beaches and 4WD safaris.

THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS

A scenic one hour drive west from Cairns is the Atherton Tablelands also known as the Cairns Highlands.The Atherton Tablelands

Among the rolling hills dairy cattle graze on green pastures and farms grow tea, coffee, nuts, bananas, vegetables and flowers for local and export markets.

Everything thrives on this cool tropical plateau where temperatures and humidity are generally lower, providing an ideal break away from the heat of the coast. There are many tours to the Atherton Tablelands which depart Cairns daily.

PORT DOUGLAS

Located just an hour north of Cairns, Port Douglas offers the ultimate tropical escape where you can relax in style and luxury. Port Douglas Australia

Here you will find some of Tropical North Queenslands most exclusive resorts, award winning restaurants, beautiful galleries and boutique shopping.

Macrossan Street is the central hub of this beautiful village, with palm fringed Four Mile Beach just a short 5 minute walk away. The popular Port Douglas Village Markets are held every Sunday, 8:30am-2pm, Anzac Park, across from The Courthouse Hotel.

THE CASSOWARY COAST

The Cassowary Coast is situated south of Cairns and extends to Cardwell. This stretch of the North Queensland coastline is a must-see for nature lovers, with rivers and streams providing fantastic fishing, amazing birdlife for birdwatchers and pristine wilderness for bushwalkers.Castaways Resort - Mission Beach - Cassowary Coast

Mission Beach is a beautiful little beachside town, situated mid way between Townsville and Cairns. Romantic getaways, family holidays, birdwatchers, backpackers, adventure travellers, campers and caravanners are all catered for with activities ranging from eco-friendly and environmental tours to extreme sports such as tandem skydiving and white water rafting

COOKTOWN

CooktownCooktown is located 260km north of Cairns and is a beautiful, unspoilt coastal town with a wealth of history, Aboriginal culture, fishing and great scenic lookouts. Known as one of Australia's most historically significant townships, this is where Captain James Cook found safe haven in 1770 to repair his ship, the "HM Bark Endeavour". Cooktown is also rich in Aboriginal culture, offering some of the best Aboriginal tours in the country.

CAIRNS CLIMATE & WEATHER

 

Cairns weatherCairns has a Tropical climate, with generally hot and humid Summers and milder dryer Winters. The majority of Cairn's rainfall occurs during summer between January and March. Typical daytime min/max temperature ranges are 23C/31C in mid-Summer and 18C/26C in mid-Winter.

The most popular time for visitors to Cairns is between June and October, a pleasant time of year with low rainfall, cool comfortable temperatures and fine sunny days. Water temperature during summer hits around 29 degrees and drops slightly to 25 degrees during winter.