Cairns Travel Guide


Cairns has seemingly endless places to stay, but during high season (June - September) most hotels are well booked.


Cairns is the backpacker capital of Northern Queensland and there are over 20 hostels, all offering basic bunks in the $14–18 range.

Asylum Cairns149 Grafton StPhone: +61 7 4031-1474Tollfree: within Australia 1800 065-464Fax: +61 7 4031-8499Bed in small dorm (no bunk beds). Prices on website may be out of date. Free transfers to and from airport, bus or train station if staying 2 nights or more. Free internet. Not particularly clean or well maintained. Very friendly and helpful staff. Not in city centre, but within easy walking distance.
Beach House Backpackers Hostel239 Sheridan StPhone: +61 7 4041-2007Tollfree: within Australia 1800 229-228Price: From $12Private and shared dorm accommodation. Free Wi-Fi. Free dinner and breakfast daily. Clean, safe and with friendly staff and a great onsite bar, pool and common areas.
The Bellview85-87 The EsplanadePhone: +61 7 4031-4377Fax: +61 7 4031-2850Price: Dormitory rooms from $20 per bed per night, budget single rooms from $35 per night, budget double rooms from $47 per night
Bohemia Resort231 McLeod StPhone: +61 7 4041-7290Fax: +61 7 4041-7292Price: From $23 per person, per nightClose to the centre of Cairns and with 4 dorm rooms, singles, twins and doubles, as well as ensuite and family rooms. Clean and well maintained. 25 m saltwater pool, kitchen, bar and shuttle bus service.
Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel20-26 McLeod StPhone: +61 7 4051-0772Fax: +61 7 4031-3158Price: Bunk beds in shared rooms $23-25 per night, double and twin rooms from $54 per night
Cairns City Backpackers274 Draper StPhone: +61 7 40516160Small, quiet and friendly and located in a quiet backstreet and a 5 min walk to Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Full laundry and kitchen facilities and and internet at $3 per hr.
Castaways Backpackers207 Sheridan StPhone: +61 7 40511238Tollfree: 1800 351115Price: Shared dorm accommodation currently from $19, Single, Double, Twin and En-suite rooms availableSmall family run hostel with a focus on cleanliness and friendly service. Free WiFi and evening meal at the Woolshed, free tea and coffee.
Dreamtime hostelCnr Bunda & Terminus Street Parramatta ParkPhone: +61 7 40316753Tollfree: 1800 058 440Price: Shared dorm accommodation currently from $22, Single and Twin rooms availableSmall hostel across Cairns Central with its mall and lagoon-like backyard. Air condition available.
Floriana Guesthouse183 The EsplanadePhone: +61 7 4051-7886Fax: +61 7 4051-3056Front rooms look out to the Coral Sea, Floriana is an older style Art Deco 1930s guesthouse. It is 15 min walk to town and offers rooms with share facilities and self contained flats.
Gilligans Backpacker Hotel and Resort57-89 Grafton StTollfree: 1800 556-995Price: Shared Dorms rooms starting from $18 a nightPrivate hotel rooms also available. Free meal every night, clean, safe, fun hostel with loads of activities and massive swimming pool.
Njoy Travellers Resort141 Sheridan StPhone: +61 7 4031-1088Price: Shared dorm accommodation from $15 a nightFree shuttle bus to airport at set times, Free welcome drink at Zanzibar Bar and Grill. Very clean, safe, funky and friendly hostel with chilled out reception and pool area.
Nomads Cairns backpackers hostel341 Lake StPhone: +61 1800 666-237Price: Shared dorm accommodation from $14 a nightFree shuttle bus. Very clean hostel with a huge swimming pool and a volleyball court.
Northern Greenhouse117 Grafton StreetPhone: +61 7 4047 7200Tollfree: within Australia 1800 000 541all guests receive free daily breakfast, free unlimited internet 24/7, free hidden swimming hole trip, sailing trip and more activities. Located in the center of town.
Reef Backpackers140 Grafton StPhone: +61 7 4041-5255Price: $15Free WiFi internet. clean safe and friendly. In city centre with pool and great outdoor area.

Mid-range Cairns hotels, resorts, and inns are listed here alphabetically.

Amaroo At Trinity92-94 Moore St, Trinity BeachPhone: +61 7 4055 6066Price: $130-216Modern studio or suite in Cairns northern beach area. Close to restaurants, hotel, shopping. Elevated beachfront position, views of the Coral Sea and to the mountains in the rear. Queen and twin bed options, lift access to all floors, laundry facilities on each level.
Holiday Inn Cairns21-123 The Esplanade & Florence StPhone: +61 7 4050-6070Fax: +61 7 4031-3770Price: Double rooms approximately $150 per night
The Lakes Cairns Resort and Spa2 Greenslopes StPhone: +61 7 4053-94004.5 star resort apartments in 11 acres of lush landscaped gardens, lakes and beach lagoon pools.
Marlin Cove Holiday Resort2 Keem St. Trinity BeachPhone: +61 7 4057-82994 star self-contained accommodation in Trinity Beach. Suitable for families.
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort122 Lake StPhone: +61 7 4080-1888Fax: +61 7 4080-1889Price: Resort style king rooms and twin rooms (with two doubles) approximately $150/night
Quality Hotel Sheridan Plaza295 Sheridan StPhone: +61 7 4031-6500Fax: +61 7 4031-6226.4 star boutique style hotel.
Queens Court Accommodation Cairns167-171 Sheridan StPhone: +61 7 4051-7722Price: Budget rooms from $69/night, motel-style twin rooms from $103/night, sc suite from $140, family suite $229.81 standard rooms and suites inc some self-contained suites. Showering amenities for guests late departures, guest laundry, swimming pool, BBQ area, evening dining, free overnight luggage storage, secure onsite parking. ADSL broadband in all rooms, wifi and internet kiosk. Tour desk, transit lounge. Breakfast, free airport transfer pick up available. All rooms have room safes.
Reef Retreat Resort10-14 Harpa St, Palm CoveFax: +61 7 4059-1745Between a coconut palm fringed beach and lush, tropical rainforest.
Rydges Plaza CairnsCnr Spence & Grafton StsTollfree: 1300 857-922Close to the Cairns Convention Centre, Reef Casino, Great Barrier Reef departure terminals and central shopping areas.
Wilks Holiday House78 Wilks StPhone: +61 7 40452143Price: $215/per night (min 4 nights)Has 4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, indoor and outdoor dining. AustarTV, wifi, free local calls, A/C, well equipped kitchen and off street parking. Fully fenced front and back garden. Pet friendly by request. Minimum stay 4 nights.
Grand Mercure Rockford EsplanadePhone: +61 7 4055-3999Bar and outdoor swimming pool. Ocean, pool and mountain views overlooking the Palm Cove beach. Within walking distance of the shopping centre of Palm Cove Village.
Cairns Harbour Lights1 Marlin Pde, CairnsPhone: +61 7 4057 0800Serviced 1-2 bedroom apartments with Cairns water and Trinity Park views.
Clarendon on Spence79 Spence StPhone: +61 7 4041-2226Fax: +61 7 4041-41322-3 bedroom apartments with balconies, fully-equipped kitchens, en suite with corner spa. Near Esplanade, Reef Fleet Terminal, and restaurant strip.
Regency on Spence79 Spence StFax: +61 7 4041-41322-3 bedroom apartments with balconies located near restaurant district, shopping mall, and Reef Fleet Terminal. Guest access to spa and outdoor swimming pool. Sister-property of Clarendon on Spence.
The Sebel Cairns17 Abbott StPhone: +61 7 4031-1300Fax: +61 7 4031-1801Price: From $200/roomSpacious rooms and suites all with balconies, overlooking the harbour and the city.
Pullman Reef Hotel35-41 Wharf StPhone: +61 7 4030-8888Fax: 61 7 4030-8777Price: From $220Among the best hotels in the city, located in the same building as the Reef Casino and with views over Trinity Bay.

source: Wikivoyage

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