May 26, 2019 - May 27, 2019

2 guests - 1 room

Cairns, located on the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, is the gateway to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. The nearby Great Barrier Reef offers breathtaking views and astounding natural diversity in a lush underwater setting. The Wet Tropics of Queensland is an expansive rainforest boasting a plethora of rare species, including among others dozens of different orchids and a handful of ancient ferns.

Within the city itself travelers can expect to find numerous shopping complexes and an assortment of quaint beach communities. A lagoon located at the Cairns Esplanade features specially designated barbecue areas and topless sunbathing. It is accordingly a popular swimming spot with the international crowd.

Where can I book a Cairns hotel?

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Where are Cairns hotels located?

Hotels uniformly are clustered between the Central Shopping Centre and Esplanade Lagoon near the ‘tip’ of Cairns where a nearby river enters the bay. This area is just the right spot for a busy day of shopping or a relaxing day spent sunbathing.

How much do hotels in Cairns cost?

Costs start at around $12 a night for a stay in a hostel to $170 or higher for a luxury experience.

Can I find 4 or 5 star hotels in Cairns?

Several 5-star hotels in the area provide luxury accommodiations for discerning travelers. Here’s a list of just some of your several choices:

  • Shangri-La Hotel by the marina offers outdoor dining, childcare and scenic oceanside views thanks to its prime location by the river entrance.
  • Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is perfect for the traveler who enjoys gaming. Relax in comfort thanks to private balconies and designer bathrooms.
  • Pullman Cairns International offers a poolside bar and full-service spa for travelers who like to be pampered.

Where can I find cheap hotels in Cairns?

Those on a budget have plenty of options in Cairns thanks to a thriving backpacker culture. Check out some of the many options at your disposal:

  • Njoy! Travellers Resort is a unique hostel boasting a communal kitchen, luggage storage and a free airport shuttle.
  • Cairns Waterfront Backpackers offers computer stations, laundry and dry cleaning, and a prime location at the waterfront.
  • Cairns City Motel is an affordable spot a quick drive from many convenient destinations such as the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Cairns Convention Centre.

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What are travelers saying about Cairns?

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Kevin Picholo
Kevin PicholoFoster City, California, USA

Cairns town itself is a quiet, made for tourist adventure town. You can relax at beaches close by, do all the adventures on the reef, or go to the rainforest part, so there are lots to do for everyone.

Tyson Bramer
Tyson BramerLos Angeles, California, USA

A wonderful town on the coast with so many different activities that shouldn't be missed. Whether a backpacker or luxe traveler, there is something for everyone. This was my favorite place along the coast to see the reef.

Leigh Virkus
Leigh VirkusPittsford (town), New York

Located in Queensland, Cairns is known as the tourist capital of northern Australia, primarily due to its location near the Great Barrier Reef & the Wet Tropics rainforest. It is also a good starting point for a trip to the Outback & is a busy cruise port. Although many boat excursions for the adventurous are available here, we enjoyed exploring the city on foot. This is a tropical climate, so wear your sunscreen.

Child of Bohemia
Child of BohemiaCape Town, South Africa

There is not much to see in Cairns by itself but what's great are all those activities which you can enjoy in here. Good to have car or people who are willing to rent the car with you.


The least expensive month is May, with an average of $86 per night. The most expensive month to stay in Cairns is March, with an average price of $126 per night.
The average price of a hotel in May last year was $94 per night. This is 8% less than the average nightly price of $103 seen over the previous 12 months.
In Cairns, the expected average temperature in May is 23.8°C/74.8°F. The warmest month is typically January, which averages 31.2°C/88.2°F. The coolest month is July, with temperatures averaging 16.7°C/62.1°F.
The nearest airport to Cairns is Cairns (CNS) (3.13 miles). Other nearby airports include: Port Douglas (36.52 miles)

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