Endless options along the Esplanade
Feast your senses on the focal point of Cairns by booking your stay on the Esplanade. The stretch of parkland and Coral Sea mudflats sees a constant stream of joggers pounding the pavement, families lounging around the man-made lagoon and locals barbecuing in the tropical breeze.
There are plenty of Cairns hotels within walking distance of restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues off the Esplanade, including the 5-star Hilton as a shining beacon of sustainable tourism, the comfortable Holiday Inn and the ocean-view Mantra Trilogy resort. A little further along resides the Rydges Tradewinds, with rooms ranging from standard to executive, and the spacious apartments at Breakfree Royal Harbour.
Nip out to the Northern Beaches
Cairns' northern beaches are a favourite hangout for both locals and visitors to the region. Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Holloways Beach and Machans Beach are all less than half an hour from the heart of Cairns, the latter being particularly close to the Cairns International Airport.
Halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas, Palm Cove is an idyllic coastal escape complete with swaying palms, warm tropical water and unspoiled sand. Honeymooners and luxury-hounds can choose from a number of 4 and 5-star stays, including Angsana, Peppers, Mantra Amphora and the Novotel, while Trinity Beach is a good option for the budget-savvy.
Save or splurge on Spence Street
At both ends of the spectrum, Cairns is covered in both cheap and cheerful backpackers hostels and a selection of 5-star hotels. Cairns backpacker accommodation is found along the Esplanade and nearby streets, the most well-known being Gilligans on Grafton Street which has been known to party well into the wee hours.
If marina views and king-size beds are more your scene, check into the Shangri-La Hotel just near the Pier shopping and dining centre, or the luxurious and awarded Hilton Cairns. The Pullman Cairns International and Pullman Reef Hotel Casino (formerly the Sebel and Sofitel respectively) sparkle in 5-star style, with resplendent spa suites and fine dining on site.
Cairns Plaza »
This picture perfect retreat absolutely spoils with its Queenstown fringe location, unrivalled lake and mountain views, luxurious rooms and suites, bar and an intimate restaurant offering alfresco dining in the warmer months. Ideally positioned on the shores of Lake Rotorua, within walking distance of the Polynesian Spa, this modern hotel features simple yet comfortable rooms with lake and city views, a tennis court, restaurant and bar.
DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns »
Superbly set on the Esplanade, this hotel features stylish rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows framing Coral Sea views, a rainforest-style atrium, restaurant, bar, heated spa, sundeck and pool.
Grosvenor in Cairns »
This budget-friendly complex offers tropical-inspired studios and self-contained apartments, plus a pool, quietly nestled on the city’s northern fringe, a 20-minute walk from the Esplanade.
Ibis Styles Cairns (formerly The All Seasons Cairns) »
Discover this affordable hotel’s modern rooms, some with a kitchenette, loft-style suites with a spa bath, plus poolside terrace dining conveniently set a short stroll from the Esplanade.
Ibis Styles Cairns Colonial Cl »
Boasting three lagoon-style pools, lush tropical gardens, a man-made beach and kids’ playground, this affordable resort, set a short drive from the city heart, also features a relaxing bar, poolside cafe and restaurant.
Lakes Resort & Spa »
Award-winning and delightful, this Tuscan-inspired resort sits adjacent the enchanting Botanical Gardens and features four swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, flood-lit tennis court and spacious, open-plan apartments with full kitchens.
Sea Change Beachfront Apartments »
Amid a magical setting of Balinese water features, thatched roofs and expansive Mediterranean roof decks sit these luxurious self-contained apartments, all with a blissful spa bath, 10 metres from the beach.
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns »
A relaxed and refined hotel offering beautifully appointed rooms with private balconies and panoramic views, a high-tech fitness centre, sparkling outdoor pool, elegant waterfront restaurant and cosmopolitan lounge bar.
Villa Paradiso »
Exclusive and tranquil, these boutique self-contained apartments overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Palm Cove Beach offer a relaxing retreat, and are complimented by a sparkling outdoor pool and spa.
Waters Edge Apartments Cairns »
Luxuriate in these upmarket apartments on the Cairns Esplanade, 10 minutes on foot to a dining and cultural hub. Be spoilt with a spa bath and choice of superb ocean views or direct pool access.