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Where to stay in Cairns

Where to stay in Cairns

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Far North Queensland, finding where to stay in Cairns largely depends on your plans. If you plan to hit the shops, wine and dine, and then explore the city centre, Cairns city is the best spot to base yourself. If you’re dreaming of a relaxing beach holiday, Palm Cove or Holloways Beach may be more your style. There are many precincts with spectacular Cairns accommodation, so you can be sure you’ll find something to suit your budget and taste.

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  • Cairns City

    While Cairns may seem small in comparison to other cities, it excels when it comes to modern, affordable accommodation. The city is built around the harbour, so you can find places to stay that offer spectacular views over the water and the city itself. Cairns city accommodation places you in the heart of the action.

  • Palm Cove

    Just like the stunning surroundings, accommodation in Palm Cove is truly amazing. With beautiful beach resorts, amazing restaurants and galleries nearby, your stay in Palm Cove is sure to be exciting. Located between Cairns and Port Douglas, Palm Cove is perfect if you're looking for a little more privacy during your visit to the region.

  • Trinity Beach

    Just 15 minutes from Cairns CBD, Trinity Beach is the best place to stay if you want to try out the best golf courses in Far North Queensland. Beachside apartments and resorts are located near the course as well as restaurants and shopping hotspots. Head out to explore during the day and come back to your Trinity Beach accommodation to relax and enjoy spectacular views.

  • Ellis Beach

    If you're searching for beachside accommodation in Cairns, Ellis Beach is a fantastic spot. Approximately 20 minutes north of Cairns, this area is beautifully quiet while being within a short distance to both Cairns and Port Douglas. This gives you the best of both worlds: privacy and easy access to local attractions for sightseeing.

  • Holloways Beach

    Just over 10 minutes from Cairns, Holloways Beach accommodation is what you would call absolute beachfront. With a small dining precinct, the area is a beautiful spot if you want to have a quiet getaway. The location makes it easy to access nearby attractions such as Kuranda, the Botanic Gardens, and Cairns city.

Frequently asked questions

Don't forget to pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and bug spray for a tropical adventure in Cairns.


Cairns is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics rainforest, and the Atherton Tablelands, all of which offer incredible natural beauty and outdoor adventure.


Life happens - we get it! Contact your Flight Centre Travel Expert here to reorganise your travel plans.


Cairns is a great destination any time of year, but if you want to avoid the hot weather, you may want to plan your trip for the cooler months of May-September.


From snorkelling and diving to hiking and exploring national parks, there's no shortage of things to do in and around Cairns. Don't be afraid to get out and make the most of this amazing region!


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