Visit Cairns

Welcome to Cairns

Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined in bars and restaurants, has a swimming lagoon. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.

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Getting to the destination

Flights to Cairns

It’s easy to fly right into the heart of Tropical North Queensland. Fourteen domestic and international airlines service Cairns Airport – Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Air Niugini, SilkAir and Regional Express, as well as small local airlines Skytrans, Alliance Airlines and Air North.

Direct flights arrive from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin, plus a number of major regional centres. It won’t take you long to get here – most domestic flights are only three to four hours.

Cairns Airport is just outside of the city and is easily accessible from Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove.

Car Hire

An extensive choice of car hire options is available for both international and domestic travellers. The below car hire companies are located on site and have car hire counters located in the Arrivals Hall of both T1 and T2.

Returning a vehicle to the Airport? Car rental return car parks are located at both terminals, click here to view on the map.

Ride Booking

There are dedicated ride-booking pick up zones at both T1 (International) and T2 (Domestic). Both Uber and 1300 Ride Share operate at the Cairns Airport.

Cairns Taxis is the only regulated taxi service in the Cairns Region. Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank at the front of each terminal building. A taxi ground access charge applies at Cairns Airport for Pick Up and Drop Off, $2.50 domestic terminals and $5.00 international terminals.

Click here for the Cairns Taxis fare estimator

Phone – 131 008

Eat & Drink in Cairns

Diversity and abundance make Tropical North Queensland unique as a food-producing region. Some of it is familiar but flag flyers for the tropics include mangoes, bananas and sweet, sun-ripened pineapples, reef fish and wild-caught prawns. Less well-known are the rainforest nuts, fruits and native spices that Aboriginal people gathered from this land for millennia, and today appear in local markets and on restaurant menus.

Other restaurants proudly showcase their local roots, with native Australian produce like kangaroo, emu and crocodile on the menu and some of the best seafood in the country, caught locally. With a profusion of experiences and produce, whatever your interests and appetite, you’re unlikely to ever go hungry up here.

For recommendations and to view restaurant options, please click here.

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