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Cairns Travel Guide

Cairns is located in the northern part of Queensland and is the area’s core city. Cairns is located very close to the equator and is completely surrounded by tropical rainforests. With its long Great Barrier Reef, stunning coastline, jewel-like islands, silver-sand beaches and sapphire blue ocean, it is a true tropical holiday destination. While here, you can take a boat out to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and check out the coral life beneath the sea. You can also go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or take a trip in a hot air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of the ancient tropical rainforest. The beautiful scenery on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and inland is sure to come as a pleasant surprise. Once is never enough, when it comes to a visit to Cairns.
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What to Do

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

7.9
4.7/5730 Reviews
"Beaches"
"Islands/Peninsulas"
Sunlover Reef Cruises

Sunlover Reef Cruises

7.1
4.5/565 Reviews
"Boat Tours"
Cairns Aquarium

Cairns Aquarium

6.2
4.5/5139 Reviews
"Aquariums"
Reef Magic

Reef Magic

6.2
4.9/510 Reviews
"Outdoor Diving"
"Other Sightseeing Tours"
Heart Reef

Heart Reef

5.5
4.7/572 Reviews
"Islands/Peninsulas"
Moore Reef

Moore Reef

4.8
4.4/589 Reviews
"Outdoor Diving"
"Islands/Peninsulas"
Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

5.3
4.2/540 Reviews
"Zoos"
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

5.2
4.5/552 Reviews
"Lakes"
"City Parks"
Palm Cove

Palm Cove

5.1
4.5/565 Reviews
"Beaches"
Cairns Night Markets

Cairns Night Markets

4.9
4.6/562 Reviews
"Markets"
"Featured Neighborhoods"

Where to Stay

Discover the most popular places to stay in Cairns, complete with recommendations from fellow travelers and special hotel offers
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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
Pacific Hotel Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns

4.0/5136 Reviews
Pullman Cairns International
Palm Royale Cairns

Palm Royale Cairns

4.0/5122 Reviews
Hilton Cairns

Hilton Cairns

4.3/5157 Reviews
Crystalbrook Riley

Crystalbrook Riley

4.1/551 Reviews
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
Cairns City Palms

Cairns City Palms

3.9/580 Reviews

What to Eat

Want to eat like a local? Don't miss out on these top Cairns dishes and foodie spots.
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Vivaldis Restaurant

Vivaldis Restaurant

4.7/526 Reviews
Avg. GBP37/person
"Western-style"
C'est Bon French Restaurant Cairns

C'est Bon French Restaurant Cairns

5.0/54 Reviews
Avg. GBP39/person
"Western-style"
Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse

4.8/519 Reviews
Avg. GBP41/person
"Western-style"
Ochre Restaurant

Ochre Restaurant

4.2/528 Reviews
Avg. GBP46/person
"Western-style"
Prawn Star Cairns

Prawn Star Cairns

4.7/523 Reviews
Avg. GBP41/person
"Seafood"
CC's Bar & Grill by Crystalbrook

CC's Bar & Grill by Crystalbrook

3.7/512 Reviews
Avg. GBP41/person
"Western-style"
Cairns RSL Club

Cairns RSL Club

3.8/523 Reviews
Avg. GBP26/person
"Bar/Bistro"
"Brunch"
Splash Seafood Restaurant

Splash Seafood Restaurant

4.3/56 Reviews
Avg. GBP31/person
"Seafood"
Yaya’s Hellenic Kitchen and Bar

Yaya’s Hellenic Kitchen and Bar

4.3/539 Reviews
Avg. GBP27/person
"Western-style"
"Spectacular Views"
The Raw Prawn Seafood Restaurant

The Raw Prawn Seafood Restaurant

3.7/534 Reviews
Avg. GBP31/person
"Seafood"
Boatshed

Boatshed

4.4/523 Reviews
Avg. GBP40/person
"Western-style"
Fratelli’s Café, Bar & Restaurant

Fratelli’s Café, Bar & Restaurant

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"Western-style"

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