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Cheap flights to Cairns

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Virgin Australia operates flights to Cairns every day, direct from Brisbane, Townsville, Melbourne and Sydney.

Cairns Airport Information

Cairns Airport is located in Aeroglen, approx. 6km and 10minutes north of Cairns city centre, and can be accessed by various transport options, including:

  • Car Hire: Receive mates’ rates when you choose from a great choice of hire cars from our car partners.
  • Taxi: Taxi ranks are located immediately outside the terminal.
  • Bus: Airport shuttle bus services operate to hotels, the city centre, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and Mission Beach. Buses pick up immediately in front of the arrivals area. Pre-booking is not required.

Cairns Domestic and International terminals are located within five-minute’ walk of each other and are connected by a covered walkway.


Things to do in Cairns

Explore

Home to a diverse array of natural wonders, and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere Cairns typifies North Queensland. Graceful old buildings with sweeping verandas throw back to time when life was more leisurely, while World Heritage Listed environments such as the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef fringe the city, offering a multitude of unforgettable activities and adventures. A tourism hotbed, particularly famous for island hopping excursions, glass bottom boat tours, scuba diving courses and active nightlife, the thriving metropolis is the perfect setting for a spectacular tropical getaway.

Discover

Cairns sees the rainforest meet the reef; mountains shade the sparkling blue waters of Coral Sea; waterfalls frame lush farmlands; and freshwater lakes pool in volcanic craters. Surrounded by diverse natural environments, Cairns and outlying regions shine with a vast number of unique sight-seeing opportunities. Marvel as the sun sets over the peaks of the Daintree. Get up close and personal with crocodiles. Take in the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef. Or experience the city’s many cultural and community events with a stroll along the Esplanade or a visit to the Esplanade Lagoon.

Shop

Cairns is a treasure trove of fashion finds. The CBD – in particular Lake, Shields and Grafton streets – is speckled with stylish boutiques, showcasing the latest in local, national and international fashions. Department giant Myer can be found in the town’s CBD, alongside hundreds of speciality stores at the Cairns Central Shopping Centre. The Orchid Plaza also hosts a range of fashion, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs stores, alongside a post office. The Pier Marketplace is Cairns’ most impressive retail destination. An urban lifestyle centre featuring dining options, shopping outlets, specialty stores, offices, a gym, health spa and a hotel, The Pier is a great place to stroll and shop.

Eat

A thriving tourism industry has seen Cairns attract world-class chefs. Access to outstanding fresh local produce, in particular seafood from the Coral Sea and meat and produce from the Atherton Tablelands has kept these renowned culinary experts in residence, leading Cairns’ restaurants to rank among the best in Australia. Seafood is Cairns’ crowning culinary glory; with shiploads delivered everyday fresh from the bay and beyond. Cairns dining scene also has a notably strong Asian influence – the Cairns Market brims with Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Korean and Chinese stallholders, while a number of restaurants also focus on Asian cuisines.

Drink

Fostering a hassle-free, tropical atmosphere Cairns is a great place to sit back and relax with a drink. The downtown hub encompassing Spence, Sheridan and Grafton streets features plenty of laidback pubs, where cheap meals and can be enjoyed with a frosty cold beer. Abuzz with travellers Cairns features a lively nightlife. Centred on and surrounding Shields Street, the city’s nightlife particularly caters to backpackers with bars that host backpacker parties, or hostels with in-house bars. Cairns also boasts an excellent live music scene, and as a result many of the city’s bars feature live indie and rock bands.


Cairns Holiday Packages

Experience all that Cairns has to offer, our holiday partner Virgin Australia Holidays has a great array of Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches holiday packages. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.

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