Cairns Accommodation Guide

Our hot air balloon rides include return transfers from Cairns accommodation, there are a variety of accommodation options available.  From 5 Star Private Luxury Retreats to Backpacker accommodation, there's something to suit every budget.  

We recommend that you book direct with Cairns Hotels or Cairns Resorts as they all have online booking facilities which allow you to ask extra questions about your stay and allow you some flexibility when it comes to change of dates and check out times. There are so many choices within the range of Cairns accommodation styles very broad, whether you are visiting as a couple, as a family, as a solo traveller, a corporate traveller or as a backpacker or a honeymoon couple, Cairns and the Cairns beaches area has something to suit both your budget and sense of style.

One of the first things to consider, when looking at the wide range of Cairns accommodation on the internet, is to choose not only your price bracket, a luxurious five star hotel or an older style apartment that has beach frontage but has seen better days or even a islander themed thatched cottage situated on the cliffs overlooking the Coral Sea.

The resorts in Cairns are located approximately 10 to 25 minutes' drive north of Cairns city, if you choose to stay at a Cairns Resort, you may not require a hire car at all, as all major Cairns tours and attractions offer door to door transfer services. The resorts on Cairns Beaches are located at Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach and Holloways Beach and every beach has its own personality.

Almost all Cairns accommodation comes with in room fridges, tea and coffee making facilities and en-suites. Unfortunately none of the Cairns Resorts or Hotels stock large or well-equipped gyms, with most providing simple exercise bike and free weights only but there are always long stretches of clean, wide sandy beaches to go out and jog or even hire a bicycle and cycle the beach.

You may be enjoying a longer stay and want to check out the range of Cairns Apartments, definitely look at size and location, a number of Cairns apartments are in suburban areas and do only come with very restricted reception opening hours & on site facilities. Most international visitors will find that Cairns apartments are much larger in size than overseas apartments but compare carefully the in-room services offered. It's easy to discover one, two and three bedroom apartments and most of them feature fully self-contained kitchens, so don't forget to visit Rusty's Markets if you stay in Cairns city or the Port Douglas markets, only on Sunday mornings until noon, to stock up on some wonderful fresh local fruit.

While booking your Cairns accommodation, don't forget to also book ahead for any of the Cairns tours and activities that you are keen on. These do book out and all local Cairns tour operators have very generous and simple cancellation and transfer conditions, so if you book ahead, you can always change the date when you arrive. Remember to book your Great Barrier Reef day trip, your Hot Air Balloon ride and some time in Kuranda as they truly are the Top Three Things to Do in Cairns.

So whether you choose to stay in a 5 star hotel or a 2 star motel, there is a range of choices in every Cairns accommodation category.

For more detailed information on Cairns accommodation click on the links below, each one has contact details to book direct with the hotel or resort that you choose.

  • The largest luxury Hotel in Cairns is the Shangri-la. The modern style hotel offers a spacious accommodation including Cairns harbour and City views. A rang of outstanding facilities are available including a gym, resort swimming pools and a resturant and bar with marina views.…

  • Bailey Crystalbrook Collection - Opened September 2019 - Colourful boutique hotel in the heart of Cairns

  • The newest 5 star Resort in Cairns, the newly renovated resort offers colourful arty design with a lagoon style swimming pool, three restaurants and rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city and sea. Rileys is walking distance to the city center, Reef Fleet Terminal and much…

  • Everything you need is just a few steps away from the Jack and Newell Holiday Apartments in Cairns CBD.  They offer Cairns luxury apartments with fully self contained 2 and 3 bedroom options available.  These apartments offer great views of Cairns city and are walking distance…

  • Centrally located with a range of accommodation options.  The Cairns Queens Court hotel has rooms ranging from 2-4 stars.  Choose from standard, budget, superior, family, studio seld contained and premier rooms.  This is a hotel suitable for business travellers and holiday…

  • Just walk across the road from the Cairns Central YHA and you will be at the Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Train Station. This convenient location means it's easy for you to shop for bargains while on your backpacking holiday and for taking well known tours such as the…

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