The best free wifi spots in Cairns


Travelling can incur a number of expenses and phone roaming services have tricked many into paying more than they have to. Cairns has a number of places that offer free wifi which is great if you want to research things to do or where to find the best place to grab a bite to eat.

Cairns city council set up free wifi for the city centre in 2014. It allows users 250Mb of free wifi per device per day. This wifi is best for visitors at Mantra Esplanade, Novotel, Rydges Plaza, and the Pacific Hotel Cairns. If you are not staying in this area, you can still use it when you visit the Cairns lagoon or restaurants on the esplanade. The major shopping centre in Cairns also is within the free wifi range so when you visit Cairns Central you can also connect your phone then.

The Cairns Library is located in the city centre on 151 Abbott Street. It is a quick walk away from most of the hotels in the city and it is air-conditioned and open 9am-6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-12pm Saturday- Sunday. Besides the extensive number of books and DVDs available for hire, there are computers that visitors can use. You need to talk to a staff member to receive a visitor ticket which will give you a log in for the computer. You will have access for 30 minutes which is plenty of time to upload your photos to social media and send any emails to family members. You can also access the free wifi on your own mobile devices, just follow the instructions given in the pop-up.

If you would like to do some browsing of day activities while you eat breakfast, that is easily done as many cafes have their own wifi for their customers. These cafes are known for their reasonable prices, great quality, and delicious food as well as free access to their wifi. They are all open for breakfast and lunch with air conditioned indoor and outdoor seating. Cafes in the city include Caffiend, Bang & Grind, Wharf One cafe and Paradiso.

Hot Air offers drop-offs to Cairns city after your balloon flight. You will be dropped off in the morning just in time for breakfast and with the rest of the day to go to more activities. Ensure that you try all that the Cairns region has to offer during your visit.