Cairns & Port Douglas

Cairns | Northern Beaches | Port Douglas


  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Northern Beaches
  • Port Douglas
  • Julatten

Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer’s market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina.

Take a tip from the locals for a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole, jump on a bike for a sightseeing tour along the city’s network of cycle paths, marvel at tropical plants in the Botanic Gardens, browse the galleries or catch an act in a unique rainforest venue.

After dark choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant, party on a dance floor, discover treasures at the markets or watch a local cultural show.

Choose from a wide range of accommodation including five-star international hotels, luxurious resorts, waterfront apartments, family-friendly motels and fun backpacker hostels.

The compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep. With the Cairns International and Domestic airports only 10 minutes from the Central Business District, Cairns is the ideal entry point for a Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage wonders of Tropical North Queensland. It is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Getting to Port Douglas from Cairns is an hour’s drive along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal roads with the rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other.

Julatten is a small community situated in the mountains of the Port Douglas Hinterland has reputedly one of the top ten most liveable climates in the world.  At 1200 ft above sea level, cooler than the coast and a lot less humid, the rolling green hills of Julatten, once a rich dairy farming area, boasts perfect growing conditions. There are numerous fruit orchards including lychees, mangoes and bananas and fresh local produce including a large variety of locally grown vegetables and herbs is available from various farm gates along the main road, and also through local cafes/shops in the nearby town of Mt Molloy. Fresh locally farmed barramundi are also available for purchase from the farm gate together with barramundi spring rolls and locally caught wild tiger prawns.

Where to Stay

Hides Hotel Cairns

Hides Hotel Cairns offers affordable accommodation in the heart of the CBD. It is surrounded by restaurants, pubs and shops and only a short walk to the Casino, Reef Fleet Terminal, Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Kuranda Railway Station, with public transport conveniently located 100m from reception. The heritage listed hotel provides nostalgic charm in the original building circa 1928, as well as 24 hour reception, undercover car parking (limited spaces) and tour desk.

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort is a friendly oasis set amidst 28 acres of immaculate grounds lush with palms, rain forest areas and award winning tropical gardens and is situated on the southern entrance to Cairns, just seven minutes from the city centre.

Cairns Holiday Park

If you’re looking for cheap holiday accommodation in Cairns that offers a fantastic range of cheap and budget accommodation options then Cairns Holiday Park is the place to stay for modern comforts without the hefty price tag. Situated less than 3km from the CBD, our Cairns camp grounds cater for any type of backpacker or traveller, providing everything from shady grass campsites through to modern ensuite studios.

Villa Marine Holiday Apartments

If you like nature, rainforest and the beach and would like to be close to Cairns centre then Villa Marine holiday apartments at Yorkeys Knob Beach Cairns are ideal. Just 10 minutes from the centre of Cairns, their self contained apartments suit all budgets and are ideal for singles, couples and families. Just 50 metres to the beach and you face rainforest alive with nature. Villa Marine Winner 2011 Cairns Tourism Awards and 2012 TTNQ awards for best standard accommodation in the region. Well worth visiting.

Coral Sands Resort

Fully self-contained 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments, beachfront, lagoon style swimming pool within extensive tropical gardens.

Kooka's Bed & Breakfast, Cairns

Your hosts, Bruno and Marlies, welcome you to Kookas Bed & Breakfast, our friendly Cairns Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the tropical north of Australia.

Cairns Beach Resort

Australis Cairns Beach Resort

For superb value in accommodation during your Great Barrier Reef holiday Cairns Beach Resort is the place to stay. The fully furnished self-contained apartments of our AAA rated 4 star apartment-style resort are set amidst beautiful tropical gardens. Beachfront location - Cairns Beach Resort offers a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere at Holloways Beach in Cairns, and is the closest beach-front accommodation to the city, only 10 minutes from town by car.

Sweetwater Lodge

Sweetwater Lodge, a private luxury retreat surrounded by a magnificent mountain range within the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed rainforest in the cool tropical climate of Julatten in the Cairns Highlands.


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