If you're wondering what to do in Cairns, you'll soon be impressed as it is one of Queensland, Australia's most popular tourism hot spots. The tropical climate in Cairns ensures you will have great weather to enjoy all the adventure activities the region is famous for. As a gateway for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland, Cairns serves as a wonderful springboard to other cities in Australia as well as being a lovely city and region in itself! Its proximity to the Coral Sea is another gift that travellers are also easily able to take advantage of!
Stay on land to relax at the beaches and in your holiday accommodation, or take a trip out to the magical Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling, scuba diving and scenic boat cruises. This coral reef is one of the world’s largest reefs with heritage listing and is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. A Daintree or Kuranda experience is also a must, with many eco adventure activities taking place inside the Daintree. If you’re looking for what to do in Cairns, have a look through our catalogue of products below and book your experience today. In addition, if you're looking for information on what to do in Queensland as a whole, as well as a guide on Cairns itineraries to make the most of short stays, be sure to check out our information pages!
Getting to Cairns
Cairns International Airport is frequented by many of the major carriers.
The major carriers operating in the Sydney International Airport are: - Qantas
Phone: 131313 - Virgin Blue
Phone: 136789 - Jetstar
Phone: 131538 - Air New Zealand
Phone: 132476 - Emirates
Phone: 1300 303 777 - Air China
Phone: 02 9232 7277 - British Airways
Phone: 1300 767 177 - Cathay Pacific
Phone: 131747 - Japan Airlines
Phone: 02 9272 1111 - Malaysia Airlines
Phone: 13 26 27 - Singapore Airlines
Phone: 13 10 11 - Thai Airways
Phone: 1300 651 960
There are a variety of options to choose from when going to and from the airport. A popular option is to rent a car. There are also taxis and a shuttle bus service that goes into the city. Most accommodation providers have their own coach service as well so it is always best to find out more about this. Taking a taxi into the Cairns City Centre will cost around $20.
The Sun Palm Transport Group operate the airport shuttle bus service which runs to the city centre, Northern Beaches, Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Cape Tribulation.
For more information, visit our Transport page.
The advantage of travelling by train is that you can relax and enjoy the comfortable ride while taking in the beautiful coastal scenery on the way to Cairns. You can also choose the level of luxury you travel in, depending on your budget.
You can travel by coach from many of the cities in Australia to Cairns. This is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the vast wilderness of Australia while travelling in comfort.
It is also possible to reach Cairns by sea. There are many cruises that go to Cairns as well.
Driving to Cairns will make for a fun road trip. You can travel at your own pace and also enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way. The distance to Cairns from the major cities in Australia are as follows:
- Sydney: 2700Km
- Brisbane: 1700Km
- Melbourne: 3100Km
- Darwin: 2800Km
For more information on renting a vehicle, visit our car hire partner Vroom Vroom Vroom.