Cairns Accommodation and Tourist Guide
The best things to do and places to stay for your Cairns holiday
Cairns, also known as the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is a gorgeous city in Tropical North Queensland.
Tropical North Queensland is the only place in the world where the ‘rainforest meets the reef’. Home to two of the world's greatest wonders - the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the world's oldest rainforest, the Daintree - North Queensland's tropical vibes, unique nature and ancient cultures will tick all your holiday-wish-list boxes.
Best sustainable, luxury hotels in Cairns
Meet Crystalbrook Riley, Crystalbrook Bailey and Crystalbrook Flynn - Tropical North Queensland's best luxury hotels and resorts located near the Cairns Esplanade.
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Like siblings, each hotel and resort share many similarities, but each is also unique and maintains its own personality. If you're looking for luxury accommodation and an unforgettable Cairns holiday filled with adventure and relaxation, Crystalbrook Cairns is the place for you.
Enjoy a thoughtful, arty hotel experience at Crystalbrook Bailey and Crystalbrook Bailey Residences. A holiday isn’t complete without unique experiences, entertainment and breathtaking sights from your private balcony; Crystalbrook Bailey offers all of that and so much more. This luxury Cairns hotel is a celebration of art, whether through music, painting, sculpture, food and more - and you'll find it everywhere - from the colourful lobby to the artwork-laden hallways, to the cushions in your room. Get a taste of local cuisine at award-winning restaurant CC’s Bar and Grill or get lost in translation in Latin flavours by the poolside at Pachamama, or enjoy our ever changing wine menu at ARTE.
After fun and energetic Cairns accommodation? You’ll find it at our social butterfly, Crystalbrook Flynn, where you can really let your hair down. This luxury Cairns hotel offers three levels of dining that holds the mirror up to the vibrant and ever-changing culture of Cairns, from modern Italian cuisine at Flynn's Italian to locally sourced produce and fresh drinks served at Whiskey and Wine and Boardwalk Social. After days exploring the Great Barrier Reef and nights discovering Cairns CBD, your room is there to take a break from the wildlife (and the wild life), or indulge in pure pampering at Eléme Day Spa.
Live in the moment with Crystalbrook Riley. Crystalbrook Riley is the ultimate escape to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Located on the iconic Cairns Esplanade, this 5-star luxury hotel offers impressive facilities, including a 1000+ sqm outdoor swimming pool, man-made beach, Eléme Day Spa and rooftop bar Rocco with stunning city views and Asian fusion restaurant, Paper Crane.
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What to do in Cairns
Visitors to Cairns will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do in the region. From immersive natural and outdoor experiences to hidden urban gems and a world-class culinary scene, there is something to delight each and every holiday-maker.
Experience the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, image courtesy of Tropical North Queensland.
For many, a trip to Cairns wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World: The Great Barrier Reef. Composed of more than 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, the reef is home to an extraordinary diversity of life, including some of the world’s most endangered species, turtles and stingrays.
Whether seeking an overnight liveaboard dive experience or snorkelling one of the many impressive reefs, there are plenty of ways to explore the remarkable beauty of the underwater wonderland. Located in the heart of Cairns, the Cairns Marlin Marina offers a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef with reef tours departing daily.
Explore the Daintree Rainforest
Where the rainforest meets the reef, the Daintree is believed to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world and is a nature-lovers delight. The region starts at Mossman Gorge, an hour drive north of Cairns, and continues along to Cape Tribulation and upwards towards Cooktown.
Explorers can expect to see a plethora of wildlife: from tropical birds and reptiles to native fauna and flora and even the odd crocodile for the brave hearted.
Destination Daintree offers a range of self-guided itineraries and attractions to see and explore.
Walk the Cairns Esplanade
A favourite among locals and tourists alike, a stroll along the Cairns esplanade is the perfect way to book mark your day. A picturesque 2500 metre stretch of parklands and lawns overlooking the Coral Sea, the esplanade is lined with cafes and bars or BBQ and amenities for those looking to plan their own adventure. The southern end of the esplanade is the perfect spot to enjoy the bustling Cairns dining scene, with Boardwalk Social a popular afternoon destination for live music and great gastro-pub classics. For those holidaying with kids, Muddy’s is a popular water-park destination or the man-made, iconic Cairns Lagoon is also a welcoming spot to cool off and take a dip.
Relax at Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
Hire a car, download your favourite play list, plug in Four Mile Beach on your navigator and hit the road. State Route 44 from Cairns to Port Douglas is one of the most picturesque stretches of road this side of the equator. Travel along the sea front as you wind in and out of tropical rainforest with epic scenic views and plenty of breath-taking lookouts along the way. Located approximately 80 minutes north of Cairns, Four Mile Beach is tropical paradise personified and the perfect day trip getaway. Think swaying palms, azure waters, white sandy beaches and wide-open spaces. After a day at the beach, take a 10-minute stroll along the ocean front to experience world-class bars and restaurants in the heart of Port Douglas.