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Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
6.8 Good
274 Draper Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns 
GoodBased on 294 reviews
6.8

The hostel is located in Cairns and is a short walk from Cairns Railway Station. It also provides a swimming pool, a tour desk and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Summer House Backpackers Cairns
Summer House Backpackers Cairns
8.4 Excellent
341 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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2.3 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 956 reviews
8.4

Boasting an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace and a private beach, Summer House Backpackers Cairns is situated in Cairns and offers comfortable accommodation. It is located a 10-minute car ride from Cairns Airport and an airport transfer is provided for guests.

Tropic Towers Apartments
Tropic Towers Apartments
8.3 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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2.0 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 193 reviews
8.3

Tropic Towers Apartments is situated in Cairns and is close to the area's popular attractions. It also offers an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi.

Tradewinds McLeod Holiday Apartments
Tradewinds McLeod Holiday Apartments
7.8 Good
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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1.6 km from city centre, Cairns 
GoodBased on 58 reviews
7.8

Located in Cairns, Tradewinds McLeod Holiday Apartments is within a 10-minute drive of Cairns Airport and offers an outdoor pool. It also features a coffee bar, a kids pool and a kids club.

The Abbott Boutique Hotel
The Abbott Boutique Hotel
9.2 Excellent
69 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 43 reviews
9.2

Centrally positioned, The Abbott Boutique Hotel allows for easy access to Cairns's popular tourist attractions. It also offers a dry cleaning service, a tour desk and free Wi-Fi.

Riley's Apartments
Riley's Apartments
9.7 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.2 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 1 review
9.7

Centrally situated, Riley's Apartments offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also features an outdoor pool, luggage storage and a Jacuzzi.

Reef Plaza Hotel
Reef Plaza Hotel
7.0 Good
Corner Grafton And Spence Streets, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns 
GoodBased on 831 reviews
7.0

Situated in the centre of Cairns, the hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Reef Hotel Casino and Cairns Central. It is located a short stroll from Cairns Convention Centre.

Travellers Oasis - Hostel
Travellers Oasis - Hostel
9.1 Excellent
8 Scott St, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.5 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 687 reviews
9.1

This cosy hostel is situated close to Cairns Central in Cairns. It also offers a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and luggage storage.

Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa
Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa
8.2 Excellent
78 Kewarra Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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18.6 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 20 reviews
8.2

Boasting free Wi-Fi, a private beach and an outdoor heated pool, Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa is located in Cairns and provides comfortable accommodation. It also offers meeting rooms, massage services and a 24-hour reception.

Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
8.2 Excellent
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.8 km from city centre, Cairns 
ExcellentBased on 1,295 reviews
8.2

Conveniently situated, Caravella Backpackers allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, a coffee bar and an outdoor pool.

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Cheapest month:June
Most expensive month:February
Average price in Cairns:$112/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$10/night
Cheapest day:Monday
Most expensive day:Saturday
$74 - $155
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$96 - $145
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Cairns Aquarius
Cairns Aquarius
8.6 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns 

Centrally situated, Cairns Aquarius allows for easy access to Cairns's main sightseeing areas. The multiple facilities this charming property features include an outdoor pool, a sauna and outdoor tennis courts.

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Cairns Beach Resort
Cairns Beach Resort
8.8 Excellent
129-135 Oleander Street, Holloways Beach, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Holloways Beach 

This comfortable property in Cairns offers free wireless internet, as well as a swimming pool and outdoor tennis courts. It also provides a coffee bar, a beauty centre and a playground.

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Caravella Central
Caravella Central
7.0 Good
72 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns 

Centrally situated, Caravella Central offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides free Wi-Fi, a tour desk and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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Cascade Gardens
Cascade Gardens
8.7 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.5 km from city centre, Cairns 

Centrally situated, Cascade Gardens allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. The multiple amenities this stylish property offers include free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and luggage storage.

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Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
8.5 Excellent
93A Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.5 km from city centre, Cairns 

Conveniently situated, Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront allows for easy access to Cairns's popular hot spots. It provides free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and a swimming pool.

6
Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8.4 Excellent
20-26 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.3 km from city centre, Cairns 

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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Travellers Paradise
Travellers Paradise
8.8 Excellent
187 Bunda Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns 

Conveniently situated, Geckos Backpackers offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
Il Palazzo Holiday Apartments Cairns
8.5 Excellent
62 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns 

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Il Palazzo Boutique Hotel is located centrally in Cairns. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with plasma TVs and free wireless internet access.

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Summer House Backpackers Cairns
Summer House Backpackers Cairns
8.4 Excellent
341 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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2.3 km from city centre,  

Boasting an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace and a private beach, Summer House Backpackers Cairns is situated in Cairns and offers comfortable accommodation. It is located a 10-minute car ride from Cairns Airport and an airport transfer is provided for guests.

$9
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Contemporary Convenient Central Retreat
Contemporary Convenient Central Retreat
10.0 Excellent
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.9 km from city centre,  

Contemporary Convenient Central Retreat is located in Cairns and offers free Wi-Fi. It also features a swimming pool.

$9
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Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
6.8 Good
274 Draper Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre,  

The hostel is located in Cairns and is a short walk from Cairns Railway Station. It also provides a swimming pool, a tour desk and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$12
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The Jack Backpackers
The Jack Backpackers
7.9 Good
Cnr Spence & Sheridan Sts, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre,  

Conveniently situated, The Jack Backpackers offers easy access to Cairns's best tourist attractions. It is located a short stroll from Cairns Convention Centre, The Reef Hotel Casino and Cairns Central.

$13
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Freedom Cairns
Freedom Cairns
8.5 Excellent
1/7 Shields Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.5 km from city centre,  

Conveniently located, Freedom Hostels Cairns offers easy access to Cairns's popular hot spots. Those staying at the property can also make use of complimentary wireless internet during their stay.

$13
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Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
8.6 Excellent
141 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre,  

Centrally located, Mad Monkey Backpackers Village allows for easy access to Cairns's main tourist attractions. It also offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a free shuttle service.

$13
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Caravella Central
Caravella Central
7.0 Good
72 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre,  

Centrally situated, Caravella Central offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides free Wi-Fi, a tour desk and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$13
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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.3 Excellent
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre,  

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

$14
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Hotel prices in Cairns

2 stars or below

$9 - $81

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort

No. 1 most popular

$14
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Jj's Backpackers Hostel

No. 2 most popular

$19
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Summer House Backpackers Cairns

Best value

$9
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3 stars

$22 - $266

Cairns Queens Court

No. 1 most popular

$75
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Aspect Central

No. 2 most popular

$58
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Cairns Central Yha

Best value

Cairns Central Yha
8.4 Excellent
$22
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4 stars and up

$16 - $226

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

No. 1 most popular

$171
Avg. per night
Mantra Trilogy

No. 2 most popular

$132
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Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa

Best value

$16
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Where to stay in Cairns

About Cairns

Located in Far North Queensland, Cairns attracts visitors from around the globe thanks to its tropical climate and access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. The city also provides a number of wildlife and Indigenous culture experiences, along with a family-friendly waterfront esplanade.

Things to do

For an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience, go on a diving or snorkelling cruise directly from Cairns. Looking for a reprieve from urban life? Take a day trip to one of the nearby tropical islands, such as Green Island or Fitzroy Island. Hot air balloon tours provide unparalleled bird’s-eye views of the cocktail-blue water, lush rainforests and intricate reef.

Cairns’ 26-kilometre-long stretch of beaches begins north of the city, but there is a charming esplanade near the centre of town. The Cairns Esplanade overlooks the Coral Sea and boasts a public swimming pool, barbecue areas, grassy lawns, weekend markets and diverse restaurants.

Several shopping centres speckle the region, highlighted by the Cairns Central shopping centre and Stockland Cairns. After a full day of leisure, be sure to sit back and enjoy the area’s mighty dining scene around the harbour. For a heaping of culture, check out exhibits at the Centre of Contemporary Arts or catch a film at the outdoor Starry Night Cinema.

Venture beyond the city limits to experience the world-famous Daintree Rainforest, home to ancient trees, unique Australian animals and cascading waterfalls. Embrace Australia’s Indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you can witness traditional Aboriginal singing and dancing, throw a boomerang and eat authentic bush food.

Getting around

The Cairns International Airport connects to many domestic and international destinations including China, Singapore and Indonesia. The area serves as the terminus for Queensland's North Coast railway line and is near the A1 Highway, known as the “Pacific Highway”, popular with road tripping families.

Cairns travel FAQs

  • What are the best hotels in Cairns?

    One of the most popular hotels in Cairns is DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns, which has been reviewed by 957 users and currently has a rating of 8.4/10. Other top-rated locations include Mantra Trilogy and Cairns Queens Court, which have received 7.4/10 and 7.6/10 ratings from our users, respectively.

  • What is a good hotel near Cairns Esplanade?

    With a rating of 8.4/10 from 957 reviews, DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is a hotel close to Cairns Esplanade that is highly recommended by HotelsCombined users.

  • What is a good hotel in Cairns near Barlow Park?

    DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is the most recommended hotel near Barlow Park on HotelsCombined (scoring 8.4 over 957 reviews).

  • How much do hotels in Cairns cost?

    $175/night is the average price of a hotel in Cairns, based on HotelsCombined searches over the last 3 days. For 4-star hotels in Cairns, the average price found is $196/night, and for 5-star hotels the average price is $341/night.

  • How much is a cheap hotel in Cairns?

    $9 per night is the cheapest Cairns hotel price found in our data from the last 72 hours.

  • How much is a hotel in Cairns tonight?

    A hotel in Cairns tonight has an average price of $167, but some deals have been found for as low as $26 in HotelsCombined searches over the last 72 hours. Prices in Cairns are changing frequently. The best price found for a 4-star Cairns hotel for tonight has been $35.