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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.

Shangri-la Luxury accommodation Cairns

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. Located in the city, the Shangri-la is walking distance to resturants, tour departures and many more things that Cairns has to offer.

Pullman Cairns International Hotel Pullman Cairns International - Cairns Hotel Accommodation

The largest 5 Star hotel in Cairns is the Pullman Cairns International.  This Heritage Style hotel offers a choice of spacious accommodation including beautiful Cairns harbour and mountain views.  A range of outstanding facilities are available including a relaxing day spa, and one of Cairns' best restaurant and bar.  Located in the heart Cairns City, it is just walking distance to restaurants, tour departures and many activities that Cairns has to offer.

Cairns Hilton Hotel Hilton Cairns Hotel - 5 Stars

Hilton Cairns Hotel is located on the scenic waterfront at the Cairns Esplanade.  This 5 Star luxury property is just walking distance to the beautiful Cairns Esplanade, a variety of Cairns restaurants, Cairns shopping, Great Barrier Reef tours and many other popular Cairns activities.  The modern and luxurious rooms all have spacious balconies and new bathrooms.  The Hilton Cairns offers award-winning dining options and superior amenities. 

Holiday Inn Hotel Cairns

Centrally located on the beautiful Cairns Esplanade, the Double Tree by Hilton Cairns is just a short stroll to the Cairns Lagoon and various restaurants, shopping centres, souvenir shops and many other Cairns attractions.  The rooms have a curved balcony with views of either the Coral Sea or the rolling Cairns mountains and Cairns City.  Enjoy seafood and other cuisine at the Sirocco Restaurant or maybe you'd prefer room service or a drink and snack from their bottle shop.

The Hotel Cairns

Stroll casually from The Hotel Cairns to the gorgeous Cairns Esplanade or Cairns City restaurants and shopping.  The Hotel Cairns offers modern heritage style accommodation with tropical surrounds.  This 4 Star Cairns Resort offers a range of facilities including a pool and spa, restaurant, tour booking desk and state of the art cardio gymnasium.  The Hotel Cairns is just a 10 minute drive from the Cairns International and Domestic Airport and central location for Cairns tours.

Palm Royale Resort

Stay away from the centre of Cairns City but still within walking distance to shopping centres and tour operator pickups.  The Palm Royale has Resort Style accommodation with beautiful landscaped gardens and a choice of swimming pools.  This tropical resort offers a choice of accommodation styles all built with impressive Mediterranean architecture set on one hectare or 2.5 acres.  There are city transfers available as well as transfers for many Cairns tours and activities.

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Discover Cairns from the Rydges Esplande Resort which overlooks the picturesque Cairns Esplanade.  It's a short walk from the Resort to meeting points for so many Cairns attractions and tours or you can choose from a range of transport options.  There is so much to do at the resort - relax by one of the three resort swimming pools or visit the Health and Fitness Centre which offers Aerobic classes.  Other facilities are tennis courts, children's pool, masseuse services and more.

Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort

Take a few steps from your accommodation at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort and you are in the Cairns CBD surrounded by a range of restaurants, shopping and attractions.  All rooms have their own balcony or terrace with a lagoon swimming pool, tropical gardens or Cairns City and mountain views.  Facilities include a restaurant and bar, gymnasium, massage and beauty studio, children's play area and tour desk for all your Cairns tour bookings and enquiries. 

Cairns Reef Casino Hotel Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

A Luxury Five Star Hotel located in the heart of Cairns. Pullman Reef Hotel Casino offers multiple dining experiences, attractions, entertainment as well as a world class casino. Each room has a spa bath and private balcony, you can choose from a range of accommodation options including suites. There is so much to do at the Reef Hotel Casino such as rooftop swimming pool and spa, sauna, gym, nightclub, jewellery & gift shop as well as the popular Cairns Wildlife Dome.

Royal Palm Villas Cairns Accommodation Royal Palm Villas - Boutique Accommodation

Royal Palm Villas offer fully self contained apartments in Cairns City, just around the corner from the Cairns Esplanade and Cairns City Centre.  The complex is private, with only 16 holiday apartments, catering for up to 4 people.  Entertain your friends and family with a BBQ around the hotel swimming pool.  Royal Palm Villas staff will be happy to help with your Cairns tour bookings and will ensure you enjoy your Cairns holiday. 

Pacific International Hotel Cairns

Ideally located on the Cairns Esplanade. The Pacific International Hotel Cairns is a very short walk to the departure point for Great Barrier Reef tours - the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal. The hotel is also close to the Pier Market place and Cairns Central Shopping Centre as well as several great Cairns restaurants, bars and attractions. All rooms and suites have balconies with great Cairns views as well as other convenient facilities.

YHA Cairns Central

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 Historic Kuranda Scenic Train. Modern facilities and discount accommodation and tour packages make this Cairns hostel a good place to stay and play.

Queens Court Hotel

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 makers alike.  They offer a range of stay and tour packages.

Jack & Newell Apartments

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 from the Casino, Trinity Wharf, Shopping Centres, the Convention Centre, the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon and more.

Cairns Colonial Club Resort Accommodation

Set within 11 acres (4.5 hectares) of lush tropical gardens and with 3 lagoon style pools, casual and fine dining restaurants, tennis courts, hair and beauty salon and many other facilities, the Cairns Colonial Club Resort is a great place for a family holiday or Cairns vacation.  This unique Colonial style property has a relaxing Tropical North Queensland atmosphere with a range of accommodation to suit your needs and budget.

Cairns Tradewinds Hotel Rydges Tradewinds Cairns - Hotel Accommodation

Rydges Tradewinds Cairns is conveniently positioned on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade with just a short and scenic walk to the Cairns Lagoon, City Centre, Restaurants, Shopping and more.  This 4 Star hotel has 246 spacious and comfortable rooms with views either of the ocean, tropical gardens, Cairns city, or resort style pool.  With a restraurant and bar overlooking the Coral Sea and a Spa Retreat this is terrific place to stay for couples, families and corporate travellers.