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.

Cardwell Visitor and Heritage Centre

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Cardwell Visitor and Heritage Centre is located on the Bruce Highway at the address is 53 Victoria Street, Cardwell. Heading North into Cardwell turn left into Balliol Street for plenty of parking. This is a historic precinct set in the old 'Cardwell Telegraph and Post Office' (now known as the Bush Telegraph) which was built in 1870 and is one of the oldest buildings in North Queensland.

Atherton Visitor Information Centre

Atherton, Tablelands Area
The Atherton Visitor Information Centre provides a friendly welcome by knowledgeable staff and volunteers who offer expert local advice and free information on exploring the region. To make your visit more enjoyable the centre can assist with bookings for a wide range of attractions and accommodation.

Mighty Cars and Campers Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
From AU$59 - 416
Mighty Cars and Campers is part of Australasia's biggest campervan company. At Mighty they help travellers kick start stories by providing the best value, low cost campervans that are simple to use. Combined with an easy self-service check in process that gets you on the road faster, convenient branch locations and 24 hour roadside assistance, they've got you covered.

Redspot Car Rentals - Cairns City

Cairns, Cairns Area
Redspot operates a large Australian network of airport and downtown rental car locations with a wide variety of new age rental vehicles available at competitive prices. Redspot, founded in 1989 is the only Australian owned and operated car rental company with desks at all major Australian airports.

TransLink Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$2.40 - 8.20
TransLink, through the Department of Transport and Main Roads, together with Sunbus Cairns, the local operator, are responsible for managing public transport in Cairns and surrounding suburbs. Visit the website and use the online journey planner to help plan your trip.

Awesome Van and Camper Hire Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
From AU$40 - 150
Awesome Campervans - Budget Campervans. Awesome Campers is for the backpackers and budget travellers looking for a great way to travel Australia. There is no cheaper way to travel Australia than in one of their Awesome Campers.

Cairns Luxury Coaches

Bungalow, 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.

Gulflander

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
From AU$69.00 - 115.00
Climb aboard the legendary Gulflander for a rail journey unlike any other. Originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, today the Gulflander is a tourism icon and working tribute to the early pioneers of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Cruisin Motorhomes Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
Cruisin’ Motorhomes is an expert travel business with a personal touch and years of experience. We are a home-grown hire company offering a range of fully-equipped campervans and motorhomes – the ideal vehicles for self-driven adventures across Australia.
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