A vibrant, tropical city and gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef
Tigerair daily flights into Cairns leave from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
destination guide: Cairns
Cairns city itself has a vibrant tropical vibe with bars, cafes and restaurants for endless alfresco dining. Laze around the Lagoon on the Esplanade like the locals do or visit the beautiful Northern beaches. Cairns is a little slice of heaven on earth and also the perfect home base to (even more) idyllic locations with Palm Cove and Port Douglas just a short drive away.
things to do in cairns
Cairns is a destination in itself but use the city as a springboard to serious reef, rainforest and tableland adventures in Tropical North Queensland. Bounce one way and you’ll land in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Bounce the other way and you’ll land in the world’s oldest rainforest, also a World Heritage site, including the Daintree National Park. Bounce west up the range to the Atherton Tablelands and explore its photo worthy waterfalls and epic road trips.
what to eat
Most of Cairns bars, restaurants and cafes are centrally located around the Esplanade however it is worth exploring around the streets to find other gems. You’ll always find a café for your breaky and espresso but some places don’t open too early because when people come to Cairns they stay out all night. The nightlife here is awesome. You’ll have a great time whether it’s at a bar or café, restaurant or pub. Just show up at The Esplanade with an appetite and you’ll find a place easily
Other places to see is the famous, Daintree National Park which stretches from the Mossman Gorge to Cape Tribulation. Or, why not spend a day waterfall chasing through the vibrant green rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands. If you want to experience all Tropical North Queensland has to offer, this is how you do it.
what to see
First things first, you have to see the Great Barrier Reef. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity (unless you move here) that you will want to spend an entire day taking in. Bring an underwater camera too because what you’ll see will blow you away. There are many operators from Cairns, Port Douglas or Mission Beach who will take you snorkelling, diving, boating, or just plain ole’ swimming at the reef.
events enthusiasts welcome here
If you have a heart for adventure you’ll be sure to love the calendar of events in Tropical North Queensland. From mountain bike championships through the rainforest to indigenous dance festivals and foodie feasts on the reef, you’ll find an event your heart desires in the list below.
With so much to see and do it can be overwhelming planning your day. The Cairns Esplanade has heaps of free attractions for families including the Lagoon for swimming, parks, BBQs and lots of space to get some sun. Not far from Cairns you can walk on the breathtaking beaches, snorkel, dive, and have marine life encounters. Walk through the rainforest, go hang gliding, hot air ballooning, white water rafting, skydiving and sailing.
Cairns is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination with the reef, rainforest and tablelands a stone’s throw away. Whatever outdoor adventure your heart desires, it can be fulfilled in Tropical North Queensland . You’ll never, ever, ever be bored in Australia’s adventure capital and you’ll probably even meet some new mates here.
Come ready to explore & don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.
*terms & conditions
*Any package price advertised is correct at time of publishing of this page. During some periods, air and hotel pricing may not be available and surcharges may apply. Prices and event tickets are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until the booking is completed and confirmed. Prices are quoted in AUD and are based on economy, direct route, including taxes, levies and other government charges which may vary and are subject to change but exclude baggage. Add $30 more per person when booking by telephone, capped at 4 people per booking. Add a 0.99% card payment fee to the total package price when using Mastercard Credit, Visa Credit and American Express. Mastercard Debit and Visa Debit card transactions will incur a 0.42% fee. Seasonal surcharges may apply. Hotel rates quoted are based on double occupancy, per room per night, unless otherwise noted. Prices are based on lead-in room, additional room types available. Charges for extra persons and/or children may apply and will be charged directly by the hotel. Change to dates, fare class and hotel rooms will affect flight fares, hotel rates and price generally. Packaging is for the convenience of Virgin Australia Holidays’ guests and Virgin Australia Holidays endeavours to provide suitable flight schedules and hotels to suit the event selected however, flight schedules, event time and location and hotel check in time and location are ultimately the responsibility of the guest upon booking and guests should ensure flight schedules and hotel check in time and location are suitable for the event time and event location selected. Attendance at events, tours and hotels may be subject to additional terms and conditions. Virgin Australia Holidays Terms and Conditions apply.
**Please remember to select the travel extra in the booking path, it is not automatically selected. All third party supplier services (including flights, hotels, cars and events) are subject to the terms and conditions of the relevant supplier. Please visit the supplier's website for further information.
^Flights purchased in a Tigerair Travels package will earn Velocity Points and domestic flights will earn status credits. Standard Virgin Australia Holidays earn rates apply. Full Virgin Australia Holidays Terms and Conditions apply.