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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 £65
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 1,917 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).

    Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina £106
    Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

    Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

    Pierpoint Road, Cairns
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 2,262 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, Esplanade Lagoon and Reef Fleet Terminal. Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

      Pacific Hotel Cairns £70
      Pacific Hotel Cairns

      Pacific Hotel Cairns

      Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 1,588 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Night Markets, Cairns Marlin Marina and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Convention Centre and Cairns Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

        Hilton Cairns £100
        Hilton Cairns

        Hilton Cairns

        34 Esplanade, Cairns
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 1,801 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens. ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre and Reef Fleet Terminal are also within 10 minutes.

          Mantra Esplanade £98
          Mantra Esplanade

          Mantra Esplanade

          53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,255 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Cairns Regional Gallery and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens. Cairns Night Markets and The Cultural Place are also within 10 minutes.

            Southern Cross Atrium Apartments £90
            Southern Cross Atrium Apartments

            Southern Cross Atrium Apartments

            3-11 Water Street, Cairns
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 712 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach in the city centre, this apartment is close to Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns Esplanade and Muddy's Playground. Also nearby are Cairns Civic Theatre and The Cultural Place.

              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns £78
              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

              121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 1,694 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Cairns Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 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 Kick Contemporary Arts are also within 5 minutes.

                Mantra Trilogy £81
                Mantra Trilogy

                Mantra Trilogy

                101 - 105 The Esplanade, Cairns
                   
                  3.8
                  of 5, from 1,223 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located on the beach, steps away from Cairns Esplanade, Kick Contemporary Arts and Jute Theatre. St Monica's Cathedral and Copperlode Dam are also within 32 miles (52 km).

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