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.

Exemplar Coaches and Limousines

Craiglie, Douglas Area
Exemplar Coaches and Limousines Port Douglas is the longest established local, family owned coach company in Port Douglas (25 years) offering great value for money. They are renowned for their friendly staff, reliability, safe driving practices and high customer service levels.

Bike Shop and Hire - Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$20 - 79
It's more fun on two wheels! They have: Bicycle Hire. Scooter Hire (Mopeds). Mountain Bike Guided Tours. Electric Mountain Bike Tours. Self-Guided Tours. Hire a bike or scooter while in Port Douglas and explore the regions attractions at your own pace.

Babinda Kayaking and SUPs

Mirriwinni,
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.

Cruisin Motorhomes Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
From AU$45 - 500
Campervan Hire in Cairns, Queensland Hire a campervan in Cairns, Australia’s laid-back city in tropical North Queensland, and gateway to the world’s largest coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef!

Atherton Tablelands Visitor Information Centre

Atherton,
The Atherton Tablelands 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.

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.

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 and the gateway of the Gulf country.

Sapphire Transfers

White Rock, Cairns Area
Sapphire Transfers provides a door to door private transfer service for visitors throughout Tropical North Queensland. Cairns Airport to Port Douglas and Mission Beach are their specialty, but if it has an address and is within 300 kilometres of Cairns they can do it.

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.
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