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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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Palm Royale Cairns £47
Palm Royale Cairns

Palm Royale Cairns

7-11 Chester Court, Manunda
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 1,397 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Cazalys Cairns and within 3 miles (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Cazaly's Stadium and Rondo Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns £52
    Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

    Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

    209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 1,882 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).

      Cairns Plaza Hotel £66
      Cairns Plaza Hotel

      Cairns Plaza Hotel

      145 The Esplanade, Cairns
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 990 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated 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.

        Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina £95
        Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

        Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

        Pierpoint Road, Cairns
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 2,235 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 and Reef Fleet Terminal. Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns £67
          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

          DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

          121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,656 reviews
            4.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cairns Esplanade and within 3 miles (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. Center of Contemporary Arts and Jute Theatre are also within 5 minutes.

            Cairns Sunland Leisure Park £21
            Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

            Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

            49-61 Little Pease Street, Manoora
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 821 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the airport, 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).

              Cairns City Sheridan £45
              Cairns City Sheridan

              Cairns City Sheridan

              157 Sheridan Street, Cairns
                 
                3.4
                of 5, from 673 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Cairns, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Cairns Civic Theatre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. St Monica's Cathedral and Cairns Base Hospital are also within 10 minutes.

                Bohemia Resort Cairns £26
                Bohemia Resort Cairns

                Bohemia Resort Cairns

                231 Mcleod Street, Cairns North
                   
                  3.3
                  of 5, from 834 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the airport, 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.

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