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Destination guide

See wildlife with Cairns family accommodation

With its diverse range of things to see and do, Cairns is ideal for family holidays in Queensland. You can experience gondola rides over the rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, explore the rainforest in Rainforest Nature Park, stroll among colourful butterflies in the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or head out into the Great Barrier Reef on an adventure tour. Cairns has many wildlife attractions as well, such as the Cairns Aquarium and Kuranda Koala Gardens. There’s plenty of fun for adults as well, such as the events at the Reef Hotel Casino and shopping at the Cairns Night Markets.

Beaches

Best beaches near holiday rentals in Cairns City

From your holiday accommodation, you’ll have access to a wide array of pristine Cairns City beaches, which are called the Northern Beaches by locals. Trinity Beach is the most popular in the city thanks to its relaxed tropical atmosphere. At this beach, you’ll find a glittering bay where you can go for a swim, as well as sandy shores ideal for enjoying the warm Queensland sun. Palm Cove is another popular beach, particularly for those who love the atmosphere of a quaint seaside village. From the beach, you’ll enjoy a stunning view of the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and you can also take a stroll along a tree-lined esplanade to get a break from the sun.

How to get around

Transport to and from your Cairns City holiday accommodation

Cairns City has its own international airport, so you should be able to book a flight directly into the city. From there, you’ll have several different options for transport to and from the city’s top holiday rentals. The public transport system features bus routes throughout the city, and there are also car hire services if you prefer driving around town. Many holiday homes are located in walkable areas of the city, meaning you can reach sandy beaches and high-end restaurants on foot, and you can also rent a bike to take advantage of the city’s numerous cycling routes.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Cairn City

Cairn City enjoys the bounty of the Coral Sea, which means that fresh seafood is always on the menu. Many of the top restaurants in the city serve delectable jumbo prawns, and you can also sample delicacies such as clams and mussels. You can also stop by a restaurant near your holiday accommodation to try out uniquely Australian cuisine, including crocodile and emu. If you want to prepare your own meal, you can visit one of the city’s farmer’s markets to purchase fresh ingredients such as succulent mangoes, sweet quandong or crunchy macadamia nuts, which are native to Queensland.

Essential info

Essential info for a stay in Cairns City holiday rentals

Cairns City is a bustling community with over 150,000 residents, and as a popular beach destination, it is always ready to satisfy visitors. If you’re planning to swim near your pet-friendly accommodation, it’s important to take a few precautions. At the beach, stick to the enclosed swimming areas so that you can avoid jellyfish stings. When you swim in a stream or river, look out for warning signs of crocodiles. You should also be careful while swimming at a waterfall, as there can be a very strong undercurrent. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 000 if the need arises, and there is also a community hospital you can visit for medical assistance.

Where to stay near Cairns?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 215 holiday rentals near Cairns. From 78 Houses to 109 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Cairns for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Cairns?

HomeAway.com.au offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Cairns. From HomeAway.com.au travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Cairns Esplanade: 509 holiday rentals
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre: 509 holiday rentals
  • Cairns Convention Centre: 509 holiday rentals
  • Cairns Regional Gallery: 469 holiday rentals
  • Muddy's Playground: 509 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cairns listed on HomeAway.com.au where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cairns?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.com.au offers 78 Houses in Cairns. Our other popular types of Cairns holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 109 holiday houses
  • Villas: 6 holiday houses
  • Resorts: 3 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Cairns?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 185 holiday homes with pool available in Cairns. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.