Holidays to Cairns

Tin and timber harvesting from the nearby Atherton table lands were the impetus for Carins’ growth. Prawn and marlin fishing continued to add to the development in the mid twentieth century, however, Cairns has exploded as the place from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Diving and snorkeling are …

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How to get to Cairns

Here's what you need to know about getting to Cairns. You can see the cheapest month to fly and a snapshot of flight prices for the following month. Also, don't forget to factor in your travelling time - the typical flight from London Heathrow to Cairns takes 21 hours, 15 minutes.

When to go to Cairns

Typical Holiday Price

£1215 per person

The average price of hotels and apartments in Cairns varies according to the time of year. To help you plan when to go, we've looked at the hotels available on our site, then worked out the average price per night for the quietest and the busiest months.

Cheapest Month to Visit


Based on a typical 1 week holiday - adding together the cost of flights and accommodation - May is the cheapest month to go to Cairns.

Where to stay in Cairns

Whatever your travelling style, we can help find you the perfect place to stay. From luxurious hotels to practical apartments, these are our most popular places in Cairns, according to other travellers.

Things to see and do in Cairns

Saaya | Trip by SkyscannerGreat Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Angelo M. | Trip by SkyscannerKuranda scenic railway
Kuranda scenic railway
Sue Waters | FlickrWet Tropics of Queensland
Wet Tropics of Queensland
Rum Cairns | Trip by SkyscannerRum Runner
Rum Runner
Kevin Picholo | Trip by SkyscannerCairns Night Markets
Cairns Night Markets
Hugo Hennekam | Trip by SkyscannerLagoon
Sue Waters | FlickrBig Cat Green Island Reef Cruises
Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises
Amit Anandwala | Trip by SkyscannerSilverswift
Hiro | Trip by SkyscannerDeep Sea Divers Den
Deep Sea Divers Den

Reviews of Cairns

Kevin Jensen
Kevin Jensen

It's my home town and I love it! The lifestyle is so relaxed, the weather so good, I dont know why I ever left.

Kevin Picholo
Kevin PicholoFoster City

Cairns town itself is a quiet, made for tourist adventure town. You can relax at beaches close by, do all the adventures on the reef, or go to the rainforest part, so there are lots to do for everyone.

Tyson Bramer
Tyson BramerLos Angeles

A wonderful town on the coast with so many different activities that shouldn't be missed. Whether a backpacker or luxe traveler, there is something for everyone. This was my favorite place along the coast to see the reef.

Leigh Virkus
Leigh VirkusPittsford

Located in Queensland, Cairns is known as the tourist capital of northern Australia, primarily due to its location near the Great Barrier Reef & the Wet Tropics rainforest. It is also a good starting point for a trip to the Outback & is a busy cruise port. Although many boat excursions for the adventurous are available here, we enjoyed exploring the city on foot. This is a tropical climate, so wear your sunscreen.

Nearby destinations

Palm Island