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Bounce Cairns
2 out of 5
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is $11 per night
0.13 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (43 reviews)

"As far as hostels go this one was fine, nothing special but not bad either"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Bounce Cairns
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
5 out of 5
35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is $148 per night
0.28 mi from city center
4.7/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)

"great room, great people, an overall great holiday"…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
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The price is $88 per night
0.27 mi from city center
4/5Very Good! (2,474 reviews)

"very accessible, close to everything. very good size room, good value dinner served by the hotel resturant,equipped with self service laundry a big bonus. very comfortable n appealing lobby. few ants found n rooms (we booked two rooms), the shower space has half panel glass which cannot stop water ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Coral Tree Inn
4 out of 5
166-172 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is $68 per night
0.39 mi from city center
4/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Same as always comfortable stay and very helpful counter staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Coral Tree Inn
Mantra Esplanade
4 out of 5
53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is $93 per night
0.18 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (986 reviews)

"The staff are very welcoming. Very professional. The hotel is very clean and always get a Beautiful clean room. Last stay recently very good measures in place for Covid-19. They had signage up and information posted for people to read. Would also stay here when travelling to Cairns. Got upgraded ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

Mantra Esplanade
Pullman Cairns International
5 out of 5
17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is $103 per night
0.3 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"Great value for money excellent location. Breakfast is a disaster, toaster continually broke down and difficult to use. Getting a cup of coffee was difficult, their pod machines are difficult to use and not always working, I saw countless people give up trying to use their machines, many of the pods ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Pullman Cairns International
Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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The price is $104 per night
0.28 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)

"It is a unique architectual design, you feel like a secure place in any weather condition."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Hilton Cairns
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD
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0.34 mi from city center
4.2/5Very Good! (2,302 reviews)

"We had a room with a balcony overlooking the Esplanade. Well worth booking one of these. Loved all the greenery around the hotel. Being in the lifts was very warm but we visited in the hotter months. The staff were amazing and very obliging. Hotel was well situated with easy walking distance to ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
Park Regis City Quays
4 out of 5
6 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is $68 per night
0.31 mi from city center
4/5Very Good! (764 reviews)

"Staff are friendly and close to all shops on esplanade. Very clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Park Regis City Quays
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
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The price is $127 per night
0.3 mi from city center
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,868 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel on marina. Lovely garden courtyard. Excellent professional staff. Our room smelled of smoke, we were instantly moved to a different room."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
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Visiting Cairns

Travelers to Cairns give high marks for the coral reefs, lush rainforest, and local tours. This city also attracts tourists with its welcoming and walkable setting. Top sights in the city include Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens.

  • There are 717 hotels and other accommodations in Cairns
  • The closest major airport is in Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center

Sightseeing and Staying in Cairns

Cultural venues in the city include Cairns Performing Arts Centre, The Cultural Place, and Cairns Regional Gallery. Attractions like Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Esplanade Lagoon, and Cairns Aquarium are fun for kids of all ages. Notable city landmarks like St Monica's Cathedral and Tjapukai Cultural Park might be worth a visit.

In Cairns, there are 717 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have plenty of choices for your holiday getaway. These are highly ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Sanctuary Palm Cove - This 5-star hotel features an outdoor pool, free WiFi, and free parking. Expedia travelers love its pool and comfortable rooms.
  • Travellers Oasis - Hostel - Our customers like the overall value and comfortable rooms at this hostel. With a stay at this 2-star hostel, guests can enjoy access to an outdoor pool and concierge services, along with in-room flat-screen TVs.
  • Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort - This 5-star hotel features 3 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. Expedia customers like its family-friendly amenities and bar.

Other favorite sights in Cairns include Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens. Top places to see around the area include Great Barrier Reef, 20.6 mi/33.2 km from the city center, and Tinaroo Dam, which is 22.7 mi (36.6 km) away.

Getting Around Cairns

With so many choices for transportation, exploring all of Cairns is easy. If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Redlynch Station. You can learn about options for water transportation at the marina.

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place for a stay in Cairns?
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is a favorite property for Expedia customers. This 5-star hotel offers a casino and 5 restaurants. It is located a short 4-minute walk from Reef Fleet Terminal. Other favorite options based on traveler reviews include Pullman Cairns International and The Abbott Boutique Hotel.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Cairns, will I receive a refund?
Yes, the majority of hotel reservations are fully refundable if cancelled prior to the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is often 24 or 48 hours before the scheduled arrival. If you booked a non-refundable reservation, it might still be possible to cancel it and get a refund within 24 hours of booking. Enter dates in and click on “Search”, then you can use the “free cancellation” filter to view the best options available in Cairns.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Cairns?
For additional details about updating your trip to Cairns or cancelling it, click here.
What's the best budget-friendly accommodation in Cairns?
Based on reviews, Cairns City Motel is a popular 2.5-star property for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other good options to stay on the cheap include The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights and Koala Beach Resort.
Where is the best place to stay in Cairns Central Business District?
With 71 hotels and other accommodations to choose from in this neighborhood, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for as you plan your trip. Based on Expedia customer reviews, Pullman Cairns International is the highest ranked property in Cairns Central Business District. This 5-star hotel offers a full-service spa and a restaurant. It is located a short 5-minute walk from Cairns Convention Centre. Other favorite options in the area include Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel and Pullman Reef Hotel Casino.
What's the best accommodation for families in Cairns?
Vision Apartments is a top 4.5-star apartment on Expedia for families, and features 2 outdoor pools and in-room kitchens. Other good options to stay with the kids include DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns and Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre. Attractions like Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best accommodation for a romantic vacation to Cairns?
Pullman Cairns International is a favorite 5-star hotel for couples, and features 24-hour room service and bathrobes. Another choice for your romantic getaway is Hilton Cairns.
What's the best accommodation for an all-inclusive stay in Cairns?
Reef Encounter is a 4-star cruise ship featuring a restaurant and a bar, and a favorite with Expedia travelers.
Where is the best place to stay near Cairns Esplanade?
Adjacent to Cairns Esplanade, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 4.5-star hotel offers 2 restaurants and an outdoor pool. Other good choices within a short distance include Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina and Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns.
What about the best place to stay close to Cairns Central Shopping Centre?
One of the top choices for your stay is Rydges Plaza Cairns, located next to Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and this 4-star hotel offers a restaurant and an outdoor pool. Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina and Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns are two other good choices in the immediate area.
What's the best place to stay for a beach vacation in Cairns?
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is a top 4-star beach hotel with an outdoor pool and free parking. Other good choices for your beach trip include Mantra Trilogy and ibis Styles Cairns. Head to Palm Cove Beach or Clifton Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the best luxury accommodation in Cairns?
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina is a 5-star hotel with an ocean-view restaurant and 2 bars, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travelers looking for an elegant place to stay. Another upscale option for your stay is The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights.

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