Cairns transport and travel information

Cairns domestic and international airport

The Cairns Domestic and International Airport is located 7kms from Cairns CBD. After, arriving you can get your holiday started by booking a taxi, shuttle bus or Uber from the airport to your accommodation.

You can also find accredited door-to-door airport shuttle service to hotels, city centre and the northern beaches including Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and south to Mission Beach.

There are remote airports throughout Tropical North Queensland for when you’re travelling into smaller towns and regions.

How to get to and around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland

Public Transport – Trains and Buses

Catch the Sunlander – This high-speed train can deliver you from Brisbane to Cairns. Once you’re in Tropical North Queensland, you can choose your own way to get around. Or, hop on board the Sun Bus. It can get you around the local Cairns area. Private bus companies can get you further afield.

On the water

Heading across to Green Island, Fitzroy Island or the Great Barrier Reef? Ferry transfers and tours operate from the Cairns and Port Douglas Marinas.

Road tripping

Tropical North Queensland includes a lot of hot places to visit like Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Mission Beach. If you’re planning to see as much as possible in your own time, car hire is the way to go.

If you are planning something more remote like a road trip to Cape York make sure you hire a four-wheel-drive or other appropriate transport.

Plan your holiday

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Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$40 - 50
Having been in operation since 1975, the Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi offers transfers daily to one of Australia's most beautiful tropical island destinations, Dunk Island. Simply a short 10 minute ride in their fully enclosed 10 metre vessel, over azure blue waters of the Coral Sea and you can sink your feet into the sand and enjoy this remarkable island for the day.

Kuranda Visitor Information Centre

Kuranda,
The Kuranda Visitor Information Centre is located at Centenary Park, Therwine Street, in Kuranda. The accredited Kuranda Visitor Information Centre is staffed by a team of skilled and knowledgeable volunteers seven days a week 364 days a year.

Bike Shop and Hire Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$16 - 79
Hire a bike while in Port Douglas and explore the regions attractions at your own pace. A ride along the iconic Four Mile Beach is sure to be a highlight of your stay. For the more adventurous, explore the rainforest trails nearby or a road ride taking in some spectacular scenery awaits you.

Georgetown Visitor Centre - Terrestrial

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
The TerrEstrial Visitor Information Centre is located on Low Street in Georgetown. Georgetown is the central point for the Etheridge Shire and all visitors exploring the great region, along the Savannah Way which runs from Cairns to Broome, they are the heart of the Gulf country.

Babinda Kayaking and SUPs

Mirriwinni, Mareeba Area
From AU$45.00 - 120.00
Enjoy a one way self guided float down the crystal clear Babinda Creek. This creek is located at the foot hills of Queensland's two high mountains and the experience takes you on a nine kilometre journey through rainforest and farming lands.

Peddells Thursday Island Tours

Thursday Island, Torres Area
From AU$32 - 120
Peddells Thursday Island Tours - "Linking the Cape to the Torres Strait". Established in 1980, Peddells is an award winning, local family owned and operated business offering a year round scheduled passenger ferry service from Seisia (Cape York) to Thursday Island in Torres Strait.

Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
The Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre is located on the beachfront 200 metres north of the Mission Beach village. The only accredited visitor centre in Mission Beach; they have friendly and helpful staff and volunteers with a wealth of local knowledge and advice to assist you to fully enjoy all the benefits of holidaying in our beautiful region.

Avis Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$50 - 150
Avis is the leading car rental company in Australia, operating at more than 240 conveniently located rental facilities, including all major airports. With a long history of innovation in the car rental industry, their 'We Try Harder' approach to service makes Avis one of the world's best-known car rental brands.

Herberton Mining Museum and Visitor Information Centre

Herberton, Tablelands Area
The Herberton Mining and Visitor Information Centre is located on Jack's Road in Herberton. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Cairns Luxury Coaches

Cairns Area
Cairns Luxury Coaches offers a reliable, punctual and friendly coach charter service for any occasion. They provide luxury chauffeur driven coaches including a range of Scania coaches that are environmentally friendly.
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