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.

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.

Normanton Visitor Information Centre and Library

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Come into the Normanton Visitor Information Centre in the historic Burns Philp Building, located on the corner of Landsborough and Caroline Streets, where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a cool drink and talk to the friendly staff.

JUCY Rentals Cairns

Portsmith, Cairns Area
From AU$20 - 350
JUCY stands for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. Pick up your JUCY wheels in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane or Cairns and get amazing service before you get out on the road.

Skytrans Airlines

Cairns, Cairns Area
Skytrans Airline and West Wing Aviation, have a long and distinguished history in Queensland and take to the skies each day with pride and enthusiasm. Since January 2000 they have been operating as a leading regional passenger, mail and charter airline.

Atherton Visitor Information Centre

Atherton,
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.

Europcar Car Hire Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$30 - 200
Europcar's Queensland stations provide flexible car hire options for a business trip or driving holiday. Europcar has a nationwide network of over 125 locations with 34 easily accessible car hire locations throughout Queensland, all offering competitive rates in top holiday destinations.

Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre

Mareeba, Mareeba Area
The Mareeba Heritage Museum recently voted by Trip Advisor as the #1 place to visit to Mareeba is free of charge. The Museum is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm, 362 days of the year. The Museum was established in 1995 and is well supported by its diverse multicultural community with a collection of over 5,000 objects owned, used and proudly donated by members of the community.

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.

Malanda Falls Visitor Centre

Malanda,
The rebuilt Malanda Falls Visitor Centre, and its award winning modern building reflects the area's geological formations, and the connection to country, as seen through the eyes of the local Ndgaonji tribe.
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