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Cairns and Northern Beaches

With the Great Barrier Reef on your front doorstep and breathtaking tropical rainforest out the back, this laid-back city is where your adventures begin.

Take the plunge into reef-marbled waters and dense tropical rainforests from Cairns, a major city in northern Queensland and a gateway to some of the country’s most famous World Heritage wonders. Cairns pulses with the life of its natural surroundings, while its cosmopolitan hum makes it a great spot to base your tropical north Queensland adventures. Embark on a tour of the iconic Great Barrier Reef, see the rainforests of the Wet Tropics or simply kick back on sandy white beaches fringed by palms at the Northern Beaches.

Linger a while in Cairns to discover the city’s local treasures. Take a dip at the Esplanade Lagoon, check out the marina or pick up regional delights from the farmers’ market. Cairns Tropical Zoo showcases the diverse wildlife that resides in Queensland’s tropical north.

Discover postcard-perfect waters along Cairns’ Northern Beaches. Trinity Beach offers family-friendly swimming areas, while Palm Cove is the ideal romantic getaway. Enjoy the seclusion of Clifton Beach beneath the shade of a coconut palm.

When you’re ready to explore a little further, head to the Reef Fleet Terminal for a wide range of coral-cay sightseeing and diving tours, or jump on board the historic railway that takes passengers through breathtaking rainforest to the town of Kuranda. Check out Barron Gorge National Park to soar over the Wet Tropics on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Book a white-water rafting adventure on the Tully, Barron or North Johnstone rivers. Explore ancient rainforests at Cape Tribulation and the Daintree or take a four-wheel drive journey through the hinterland savannah and fertile plateau of the Atherton Tablelands.

Cairns is located on Queensland’s northern coast and is accessible via its own domestic and international airport, as well as the coast’s major arterial highway. The Northern Beaches are about a 15-minute drive from the city. Accommodation options include island resorts and rainforest lodges. Chat to the lifeguards before swimming between November and May, as stingers can make the waters extremely dangerous. Peak visitor times are between June and August, when the climate is warm and dry.


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$92
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North
3.9
of 5, from 424 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cairns North hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Base Hospital and Muddy's Playground. Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$77
Acacia Court Hotel

Acacia Court Hotel

223-227 Esplanade, Cairns North
3.3
of 5, from 95 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Cairns, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Cairns Base Hospital and Muddy's Playground are also within 15 minutes.

Koala Beach Resort

Koala Beach Resort

137 To 139 Lake Street, Cairns
2.1
of 5, from 10 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Cairns Aquarium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. The Cultural Place and Cairns Night Markets are also within 5 minutes.

$31
Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

49-61 Little Pease Street, Manoora
3.6
of 5, from 84 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cairns, this caravan park/campground is within 2 mi (3 km) of Royal Flying Doctor, Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens, and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Rondo Theatre and Flecker Botanic Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$143
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Pierpoint Road, Cairns
4.2
of 5, from 520 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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 venue, and watercraft tour terminals.

$120
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns
4.1
of 5, from 575 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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 and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Center of Contemporary Arts and Jute Theatre are also within 5 minutes.

$106
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

209-217 The Esplanade, Cairns North
4.0
of 5, from 181 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cairns North hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland and Cairns Base Hospital. Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$52
Cairns Rainbow Resort

Cairns Rainbow Resort

179 Sheridan Street, Cairns North
2.4
of 5, from 73 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cairns, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Cairns Civic Theatre and Cairns Base Hospital are also within 15 minutes.

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