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What are the best places to visit in Cairns?

There are stacks of amazing things you can do when you're in a new place. So why not get your trip to Cairns off to the perfect start by perusing some of our suggestions? After all – out there starts here!

Esplanade Lagoon and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park are among the most visited attractions around here. Make a day trip out of them and find out for yourself why they are so special!

Spend time admiring the impressive collection of flora at Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens. If you like a challenge, try to pronounce their botanical names! Travelers in this destination have an abundance of choice. Get ready to encounter provocative ideas and magnificent artwork at Cairns Regional Gallery. It houses an ever-changing roster of works that are sure to interest art lovers. Still got time to spare? History has endless lessons. Soak up the knowledge and better acquaint yourself with times gone by at Cairns Historical Society Museum.

What are the most popular activities for a Cairns holiday?

Travel is always so much more than just visiting a different place. It's all about the things you can do while you're away!

Jump-start your trip to Cairns by checking out one or two of these things to do:

Check out the Cairns things to do page for a comprehensive list.

What types of accommodation options are available in Cairns?

Though Cairns does have around 115 accommodations to select from, it's always a wise move to secure a room early. Not quite sure where to begin? Expedia is here to help with your luxury getaway or cheap vacation.

If you enjoy the high life every so often, why not dig deep and treat yourself to a night at the Reef Encounter (Cairns Marlin Marina - Marlin Jetty A) or the Waters Edge Apartments Cairns (155 The Esplanade)? If you'd rather spend your hard-earned money on things such as thrilling adventures and wild nightlife, why not look into a few of our low-cost options? The A1 Inn the City (141 Lake Street) and the Caravella Backpackers (149 The Esplanade) are a couple of recommended ones.

Is there an airport in Cairns?

Located 3 miles away, Cairns International Airport (CNS) is the closest terminal to your destination. Check that your seat belt is fastened and switch off that in-flight movie — your wonderful trip to Cairns is just about to begin!




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Pacific Hotel Cairns ¥8,579
Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020
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Pacific Hotel Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns

Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Good value for money, good location within a short walk to all restaurants and places of interest.

    Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina ¥14,745
    Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020
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    Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

    Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

    Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
       
      4.3 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Everything about the room was great. Buffet breakfast was not on due to COVID which is understandable. However, the breakfast menu was a little sparse and over complicated. You could only order 1 of 6 things and didn’t have the option to just have cereal, toast and fruit. I don’t love a heavy breakfast. ...

      Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns ¥11,934
      Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020
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      Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

      Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

      209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Room was spotless! View over sea gorgeous and sunrise each morning was spectacular. Beautiful large pool. Breakfast exceeded our expectations. Would definitely stay here again!

        Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove ¥14,266
        Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020
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        Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove

        Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove

        123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
           
          4.5 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great Rooms, cleaned daily, staff friendly & helpful. Needed a late checkout, staff were able to assist & the extra rate was very reasonable😁 The pools are great, love the beach pool & swim up bar!!🍹🍹🍸Definitely a great place to stay.

          Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa ¥13,518
          Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020
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          Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa

          Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa

          5 Triton Street, Palm Cove, QLD
             
            4.5 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Thoroughly enjoyed my stay, room location, food, notable staff - max on front desk and the breakfast crew in the restaurant.

            Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort ¥16,425
            Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020
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            Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

            Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

            131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
               
              4.7 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Friendly welcoming staff. But room sadly was average. Air con was not working properly. Light buttons etc not clear at all. Rain shower had no pressure. Queen bed made up of 2 mattresses.

              The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights ¥9,896
              Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020
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              The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights

              The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights

              1 Marlin Parade, Cairns, QLD
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The position was really good, close to casino, cafes, lagoon and the prawn star for delicious seafood.

                Mantra Esplanade ¥11,248
                Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020
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                Mantra Esplanade

                Mantra Esplanade

                53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Good locationeasy walk to restaurants, shops and marina. Parking awkward to access

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