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Vision Cairns Esplanade
Vision Cairns Esplanade
9.2 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.7 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 371 reviews
9.2

Vision Apartments Cairns is conveniently set in Cairns and provides 2 swimming pools, plus sweeping views of the mountains and the sea. It also features an outdoor pool and a sauna.

Edge Apartments Cairns
Edge Apartments Cairns
8.1 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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2.2 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 511 reviews
8.1

The property is set in Cairns and is close to local attractions, including Cairns Esplanade. It also offers an express check-in and check-out feature, a 24-hour reception and an outdoor pool.

Mantra Trilogy
Mantra Trilogy
7.4 Good
105 the Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns 
GoodBased on 2,078 reviews
7.4

Conveniently positioned, Mantra Trilogy allows for easy access to Cairns's best sightseeing areas. It also provides supervised child care/activities, a kids pool and an outdoor pool.

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.3 Excellent
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 1,474 reviews
8.3

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

Cairns Central Plaza Apartment Hotel
Cairns Central Plaza Apartment Hotel
7.9 Good
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.1 km from city centre, Cairns 
GoodBased on 390 reviews
7.9

The property is situated in Cairns and is close to nearby landmarks, including the Cairns Civic Theatre and Night Markets. Just a short stroll from Cairns Central, it offers air-conditioned apartments with complimentary wireless internet access.

Cairns Aquarius
Cairns Aquarius
8.5 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 336 reviews
8.5

Centrally situated, Cairns Aquarius allows for easy access to Cairns's main sightseeing areas. The multiple facilities this charming property features include an outdoor pool, a sauna and outdoor tennis courts.

Piermonde Apartments - Cairns
Piermonde Apartments - Cairns
8.8 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.8 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 510 reviews
8.8

Conveniently situated, Piermonde Apartments allows for easy access to Cairns's main tourist attractions. Only a short walk from The Reef Hotel Casino, it provides comfortable apartments equipped with an iPod docking station, a private balcony and a spa bath.

Tradewinds McLeod Holiday Apartments
Tradewinds McLeod Holiday Apartments
7.8 Good
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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1.6 km from city centre, Cairns 
GoodBased on 58 reviews
7.8

Located in Cairns, Tradewinds McLeod Holiday Apartments is within a 10-minute drive of Cairns Airport and offers an outdoor pool. It also features a coffee bar, a kids pool and a kids club.

The Lakes Resort Cairns
The Lakes Resort Cairns
7.7 Good
2 Greenslopes Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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2.8 km from city centre, Cairns 
GoodBased on 88 reviews
7.7

Featuring an outdoor pool and a waterfall pool, the resort is situated in Cairns and offers relaxed accommodation. It also provides free private parking on site and Cairns Central and Trinity Bay are a brief car trip away.

Cascade Gardens
Cascade Gardens
8.7 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.5 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 570 reviews
8.7

Centrally situated, Cascade Gardens allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. The multiple amenities this stylish property offers include free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and luggage storage.

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Cheapest month:November
Most expensive month:May
Average price in Cairns:$107/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$7/night
Cheapest day:Monday
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$88 - $168
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$79 - $120
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Cairns Aquarius
Cairns Aquarius
8.5 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns 

Centrally situated, Cairns Aquarius allows for easy access to Cairns's main sightseeing areas. The multiple facilities this charming property features include an outdoor pool, a sauna and outdoor tennis courts.

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Cascade Gardens
Cascade Gardens
8.7 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.5 km from city centre, Cairns 

Centrally situated, Cascade Gardens allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. The multiple amenities this stylish property offers include free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and luggage storage.

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Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8.4 Excellent
20-26 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.3 km from city centre, Cairns 

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
8.5 Excellent
62 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns 

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Il Palazzo Boutique Hotel is located centrally in Cairns. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with plasma TVs and free wireless internet access.

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The Abbott Boutique Hotel
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
9.1 Excellent
69 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns 

Centrally positioned, The Abbott Boutique Hotel allows for easy access to Cairns's popular tourist attractions. It also offers a dry cleaning service, a tour desk and free Wi-Fi.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
8.4 Excellent
121-123 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns 

Boasting a saltwater swimming pool, a swimming pool and a rooftop terrace, DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is situated in Cairns and offers modern accommodation. It is conveniently located in the city centre.

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Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
8.5 Excellent
43 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.7 km from city centre, Cairns 

Conveniently situated, Pacific Hotel Cairns offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and an outdoor pool.

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Bay Village Tropical Retreat & Apartments
Bay Village Tropical Retreat & Apartments
8.2 Excellent
227 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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1.1 km from city centre, Cairns 

Bay Village Tropical Retreat & Apartments is located in Cairns and offers free Wi-Fi. It also provides a swimming pool, meeting rooms and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Cheapest hotels in Cairns, Queensland

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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.3 Excellent
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre,  

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

$11
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Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa
Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa
8.2 Excellent
78 Kewarra Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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18.6 km from city centre,  

Boasting free Wi-Fi, a private beach and an outdoor heated pool, Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa is located in Cairns and provides comfortable accommodation. It also offers meeting rooms, massage services and a 24-hour reception.

$14
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Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8.4 Excellent
20-26 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.3 km from city centre,  

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$17
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Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
8.2 Excellent
83 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre,  

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Waterfront Backpackers is located in the heart of Cairns. It also offers a swimming pool and an outdoor pool.

$19
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Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
8.2 Excellent
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.8 km from city centre,  

Conveniently situated, Caravella Backpackers allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, a coffee bar and an outdoor pool.

$32
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Globetrotters International Hostel
Globetrotters International Hostel
8.6 Excellent
154-156 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.9 km from city centre,  

Situated a short drive from Cairns Convention Centre, Globetrotters International offers cosy accommodation in Cairns. It also provides an outdoor pool, luggage storage and a tour desk.

$48
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Adobe Motel
Adobe Motel
6.9 Good
191 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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1.1 km from city centre,  

Boasting an outdoor pool, Adobe Motel is situated in Cairns and offers comfortable accommodation. It also provides luggage storage, a tour desk and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$53
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Cairns Southside International
Cairns Southside International
7.2 Good
450 Mulgrave Road, Earlville, QLD, Australia
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0.5 km from city centre,  

Cairns Southside International is located in Cairns and offers free Wi-Fi. It also provides a swimming pool, a safe and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$53
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Hotel prices in Cairns

2 stars or below

$11 - $48

Caravella Backpackers

No. 1 most popular

$32
Avg. per night
Globetrotters International Hostel

No. 2 most popular

$48
Avg. per night
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
$11
Avg. per night
3 stars

$17 - $109

Hides Hotel Cairns

No. 1 most popular

$61
Avg. per night
Bay Village Tropical Retreat & Apartments

No. 2 most popular

$66
Avg. per night
Cairns Central Yha

Best value

Cairns Central Yha
8.4 Excellent
$17
Avg. per night
4 stars and up

$14 - $158

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

No. 1 most popular

$139
Avg. per night
Mantra Trilogy

No. 2 most popular

$105
Avg. per night
Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa

Best value

$14
Avg. per night

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Where to stay in Cairns

About Cairns

Located in Far North Queensland, Cairns attracts visitors from around the globe thanks to its tropical climate and access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. The city also provides a number of wildlife and Indigenous culture experiences, along with a family-friendly waterfront esplanade.

Things to do

For an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience, go on a diving or snorkelling cruise directly from Cairns. Looking for a reprieve from urban life? Take a day trip to one of the nearby tropical islands, such as Green Island or Fitzroy Island. Hot air balloon tours provide unparalleled bird’s-eye views of the cocktail-blue water, lush rainforests and intricate reef.

Cairns’ 26-kilometre-long stretch of beaches begins north of the city, but there is a charming esplanade near the centre of town. The Cairns Esplanade overlooks the Coral Sea and boasts a public swimming pool, barbecue areas, grassy lawns, weekend markets and diverse restaurants.

Several shopping centres speckle the region, highlighted by the Cairns Central shopping centre and Stockland Cairns. After a full day of leisure, be sure to sit back and enjoy the area’s mighty dining scene around the harbour. For a heaping of culture, check out exhibits at the Centre of Contemporary Arts or catch a film at the outdoor Starry Night Cinema.

Venture beyond the city limits to experience the world-famous Daintree Rainforest, home to ancient trees, unique Australian animals and cascading waterfalls. Embrace Australia’s Indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you can witness traditional Aboriginal singing and dancing, throw a boomerang and eat authentic bush food.

Getting around

The Cairns International Airport connects to many domestic and international destinations including China, Singapore and Indonesia. The area serves as the terminus for Queensland's North Coast railway line and is near the A1 Highway, known as the “Pacific Highway”, popular with road tripping families.

Cairns travel FAQs

  • What are the best hotels in Cairns?

    DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns, rated with a score of 8.4 from 973 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Cairns. Other top stays include Mantra Trilogy, with an average rating of 7.4 from 2,078 reviewers, and Cairns Queens Court, with a score of 7.6 from 1,382 reviewers.

  • What is a good hotel near Cairns Esplanade?

    A good hotel close to Cairns Esplanade is DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns (rated 8.4/10 from 973 reviews).

  • What is a good hotel in Cairns near Barlow Park?

    For a good hotel near to Barlow Park, consider DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns - it is rated 8.4/10 from 973 HotelsCombined reviews.