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Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
5 out of 5
123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is $141 per night
14.16 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (831 reviews)

"Every thing was fine, helpful staff though we arrived when the Qld border was still closed so not many tourists such that some of the facilities at the resort were closed"…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

Peppers Beach Club and Spa - Palm Cove
Hilton Cairns
5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $118 per night
0.28 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (994 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Hilton Cairns
Mantra Esplanade
4 out of 5
53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is $99 per night
0.18 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (992 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
Mantra Trilogy
4.5 out of 5
101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is $92 per night
0.29 mi from city center
3.6/5Good! (995 reviews)

"Great location, facilities and friendly helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

Mantra Trilogy
Mantra Amphora
4.5 out of 5
49-63 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is $78 per night
13.86 mi from city center
4.2/5Very Good! (718 reviews)

"Upon arrival we were happily surprised to be told that they had booked our family into two units next to each other - this was something we did not expect at all. The resort was clean, well kept and modern. Fantastic location right on the boulevard, with easy access to plenty of restaurants and bars. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Mantra Amphora
BreakFree Royal Harbour
4 out of 5
73-75 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is $122 per night
0.12 mi from city center
4.4/5Excellent! (585 reviews)

"Location excellent. Staff extremely helpfull and pleasant. Cooktop very small and shower curtain hook missingso did have some water on the floor. Gardens B.B.Q and Pool area supberb and B.B.Q. was spotless. A lovely holiday."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

BreakFree Royal Harbour
Pullman Cairns International
5 out of 5
17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
Free Cancellation
The price is $111 per night
0.3 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"A Grand looking hotel, view from 1407 was magnificent. Carpets really needed replacing in our room it was probably due for a coat of paint."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Pullman Cairns International
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
122 Lake St, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $103 per night
0.27 mi from city center
3.9/5Very Good! (999 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
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
5 out of 5
131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $158 per night
0.43 mi from city center
4.7/5Exceptional! (501 reviews)

"Great property, facilities are fantastic even though the pool was closed for lockdown."…"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $167 per night
0.3 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"Excellent location sitting having breakfast and dinner overlooking the marina was great. Very good food and the staff were excellent Very helpful nothing too much trouble , also the tours desk were very obliging"…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
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Visiting Cairns

Families will find kid-friendly activities in Cairns, and visitors give high marks for the coral reefs, shopping, and local tours. This city also attracts tourists with its restaurants and rainforests. Top sights in the city include Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and Cairns Night Markets.

  • You'll find 717 Expedia hotels and other accommodations in the larger area of 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. Families come for attractions such as Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Aquarium, and Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome. The rainforest and beaches exemplify the city's natural beauty, and places to visit include Cairns Esplanade and Muddy's Playground.

In Cairns, you'll find 116 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have ample places to choose from for a perfect vacation. These are top ones based on our user reviews:

  • Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort - This 5-star hotel features 3 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its family-friendly amenities and bar.
  • Reef Encounter - Our customers like the breakfast and helpful staff at this cruise ship. This 4-star cruise ship in Cairns Central Business District features free breakfast, a restaurant, and a bar.
  • Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel - This 3.5-star hotel in Cairns Central Business District features an outdoor pool, free WiFi, and free parking. Expedia customers like its quiet location and helpful staff.

Other favorite sights in Cairns include Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns Night Markets, and Reef Fleet Terminal. Top places to see in the area include Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens, located 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from the city center, and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, which is 2.6 mi/4.2 km away.

Getting Around Cairns

To venture out into the surrounding area, ride aboard one of the trains from Cairns Station. Cairns might not have many public transit choices so consider renting a car to explore more.

Dressing for Cairns

  • Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 89°F during the day and 72°F at night
  • From April to June, the average during the day is 85°F, while the average at night is 63°F
  • July through September has daytime averages of 84°F with nighttime averages of 62°F
  • In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 89°F and nighttime averages of 67°F
  • Cairns gets about 3.61 inches of rain per year
  • Usually January and December are the hottest months with an average of 88°F, whereas July and August are often coldest, averaging 63°F

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place for a stay in Cairns?
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort is a favorite property for Expedia customers. This 5-star hotel offers 3 restaurants and 3 bars. It is located a short 10-minute walk from Cairns Esplanade. Other favorite options based on traveler reviews include Mad Monkey Backpackers Village 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?
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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.
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?
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort 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.
What's the best boutique hotel in Cairns?
The Abbott Boutique Hotel is a favorite 4-star hotel with Expedia travelers looking for a stylish accommodation and features free WiFi. If you want to stay at a boutique hotel, also consider Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns.

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