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Cairns Holidays

Sandwiched between two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns holidays whisk you away to a tropical paradise, providing the best of it all. Couples searching for a romantic break will appreciate the secluded beaches and al fresco dining, while boat trips with snorkelling and diving will satisfy the keenest of adventurers.

This bustling hub of Tropical North Queensland offers a laid-back atmosphere with plenty to see and do. Laze on the sandy shores of Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, or take a leisurely stroll along Cairns’ waterfront boardwalk.

Cairns holidays provide you with an ideal gateway to explore the sprawling wilderness of Queensland’s Wet Tropics. Head inland and venture into the Daintree Rainforest, where you can learn about the Aboriginal culture. Experience spectacular views on the Kuranda Scenic Railway Tour, or take a mini road trip up the coast to the resort town of Port Douglas, before continuing on to Cape Tribulation, famous for its treetop canopy tours, untouched nature trails. It’s also home to the rare cassowary bird.

From reef to rainforest

Your holiday in Cairns is incomplete without a cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Jump on the 45-minute high-speed ferry to reach Fitzroy Island, where you can explore rainforest walking tracks, and go snorkelling straight off the beach at Welcome Bay and Nudey Beach. Observe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef by sea kayak. Continue island-hopping with a visit to Hinchinbrook, Bedarra or Lizard Island, all easy to reach from the mainland of Cairns.

Cairns holidays are ideally paired with an East Coast road trip down to Sydney. Alternatively why not experience the true Aussie outback with a visit to the Top End? Our Destination Specialists are global travel experts and will be able to help you put together your dream holiday to Cairns. Call us today for inspiration and advice..

Destination Highlights
  • Prepare to be left in awe as you swim over the Great Barrier Reef during a snorkelling and diving cruise
  • Venture over the emerald green forests and breath-taking mountains of Barron Gorge National Park on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Take your pick from a wide selection of stunning beaches that stud the palm-lined coastline from Cairns to Port Douglas
  • Enjoy the breath-taking scenery along Captain Cook Highway, visit the hippy village of Kuranda, or spend a day in Port Douglas

Time Zone

GMT +10

Flight Time

London Heathrow to Cairns is around a 23 hour flight. Connections can usually be made at Singapore and then Melbourne, or Singapore and Sydney on the way back.

Currency

Australian dollar (AUD)

Visa Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Language

English

Health Information

All tourists require an Australian Tourist Visa, you can apply for an instant tourist visa, this is also known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa.