On the doorstep of the world famous Great Barrier Reef and the picturesque Whitsunday Islands, Cairns was always destined for tourism greatness. But it isn't just its colourful neighbours that make Cairns one of Queensland's most popular spots. It's also a great tourism destination in its own right, boasting beautiful beaches, an increasingly modern yet laid-back city centre and of course warm weather all year round. Read more...
Cairns Airport (CNS)
For helpful information about getting to and from the airport, check-in information and more have a look at our Cairns Airport Guide.
Airport Accommodation: Staying anywhere in the city area will put you in close proximity to Cairns Airport. Book your Cairns Accommodation.
Airlines that fly to Cairns
Cairns is the primary airport of North Queensland and is serviced by both domestic and international airlines. The airlines that fly to Cairns domestically are listed below:
For more information on airlines that offer flights to Cairns, see our domestic airline page.
You might also be interested in our international airline guide.
Cairns is the main gateway to Australia's underwater pride and joy, the Great Barrier Reef. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and the only living thing visible from space. From Cairns you can do a day tour to the reef involving diving, snorkelling, or simply sitting back and taking in the amazing scenery. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of whales, dolphins or turtles while exploring the reef.
In Cairns itself, chances are you'll be spending plenty of time in Cairns Esplanade, which accommodates a man-made swimming lagoon, parks, public fitness equipment and numerous trendy cafés, restaurants and shops. You'll also find markets every Saturday and a busy program of free entertainment on offer.
Food lovers will appreciate the plethora of delicious food options available in Cairns. As you would expect, seafood restaurants are aplenty in the area, each putting their own spin on the finest fresh ingredients. These range from basic fish and chip shops to casual cafés and world-class fine dining restaurants. Of course there is also a wide range of other cuisines on offer throughout Cairns. Try Gelocchio if you like Italian food or Bushfire Flame Grill for a classic Aussie barbeque, and don't miss out on the desserts at Devine Gelato.