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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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Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North
4.1
of 5, from 1,762 reviews
4.0 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 miles (5 km).

£27
Bohemia Resort Cairns

Bohemia Resort Cairns

231 Mcleod Street, Cairns North
3.3
of 5, from 801 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Cairns, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland and Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens. Mount Whitfield Conservation Park is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

£68
Cairns Plaza Hotel

Cairns Plaza Hotel

145 The Esplanade, Cairns
4.1
of 5, from 909 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cairns, this hotel is 0 mi (0.1 km) from Muddy's Playground and within 3 miles (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. St Monica's Cathedral and Cairns Esplanade are also within 10 minutes.

£103
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Pierpoint Road, Cairns
4.4
of 5, from 2,153 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre, Cairns Harbour Cruises and Reef Fleet Terminal. Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

£22
Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

49-61 Little Pease Street, Manoora
4.0
of 5, from 752 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cairns, this campsite is within 2 miles (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 miles (3 km).

£55
Acacia Court Hotel

Acacia Court Hotel

223-227 Esplanade, Cairns North
3.8
of 5, from 835 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 miles (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Cairns Base Hospital and Muddy's Playground are also within 15 minutes.

£94
Mantra Trilogy

Mantra Trilogy

101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns
3.9
of 5, from 1,132 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Cairns Central Business District hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cairns Esplanade, Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Muddy's Playground and Center of Contemporary Arts are also within 5 minutes.

£79
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

122 Lake St, Cairns
4.1
of 5, from 2,699 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located near the beach, steps away from Cairns Aquarium, Center of Contemporary Arts and Jute Theatre. Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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