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Cairns

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Palm Cove beach, Cairns, Australia at sunrise

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Take a day trip to the Atherton Tablelands, about an hour and a half drive south of Cairns. Visit Millaa Millaa Falls for a dose of nature or stop at the Crystal Caves, an artificial network of caves displaying ancient crystals and fossils. Trust us, the kids will love it!

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Where to stay in Cairns

Where to stay in Cairns

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Far North Queensland, finding where to stay in Cairns largely depends on your plans. If you plan to hit the shops, wine and dine, and then explore the city centre, Cairns city is the best spot to base yourself. If you’re dreaming of a relaxing beach holiday, Palm Cove or Holloways Beach may be more your style. There are many precincts with spectacular Cairns accommodation, so you can be sure you’ll find something to suit your budget and taste.

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Cairns City

While Cairns may seem small in comparison to other cities, it excels when it comes to modern, affordable accommodation. The city is built around the harbour, so you can find places to stay that offer spectacular views over the water and the city itself. Cairns city accommodation places you in the heart of the action.

Palm Cove

Just like the stunning surroundings, accommodation in Palm Cove is truly amazing. With beautiful beach resorts, amazing restaurants and galleries nearby, your stay in Palm Cove is sure to be exciting. Located between Cairns and Port Douglas, Palm Cove is perfect if you're looking for a little more privacy during your visit to the region.

Trinity Beach

Just 15 minutes from Cairns CBD, Trinity Beach is the best place to stay if you want to try out the best golf courses in Far North Queensland. Beachside apartments and resorts are located near the course as well as restaurants and shopping hotspots. Head out to explore during the day and come back to your Trinity Beach accommodation to relax and enjoy spectacular views.

Ellis Beach

If you're searching for beachside accommodation in Cairns, Ellis Beach is a fantastic spot. Approximately 20 minutes north of Cairns, this area is beautifully quiet while being within a short distance to both Cairns and Port Douglas. This gives you the best of both worlds: privacy and easy access to local attractions for sightseeing.

Holloways Beach

Just over 10 minutes from Cairns, Holloways Beach accommodation is what you would call absolute beachfront. With a small dining precinct, the area is a beautiful spot if you want to have a quiet getaway. The location makes it easy to access nearby attractions such as Kuranda, the Botanic Gardens, and Cairns city.

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The Autumn months (Mar to May) are generally considered to be the best time to visit Cairns. With the Summer heat gone & Winter on the way the average temperatures range from about 15 to 25 degrees Celsius. This is the best time to visit if you want to enjoy outdoor activities, such as exploring the city's parks and gardens, or visiting the renowned Great Barrier Reef.


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The cheapest flight season is between Mar to May - the summer heat is over but winter hasn't officially begun so expect less people travelling!


The best time of day to get the cheapest flight to Cairns is either early in the morning or late at night - you'll beat the rush!


The closest airport to Cairns is Cairns Airport which also serves as the best airport for all flight routes.


An IATA (International Air Transport Association) airport code is a three-letter code that is used to identify airports around the world. For example, CNS is the IATA airport code for Cairns Airport. Sometimes, it's just that simple!


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