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.

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.

Kuranda Visitor Information Centre

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
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.

Cairns Airport

Cairns, Cairns Area
Cairns Airport is one of Australia’s leading regional airports, providing air links to a range of domestic and international locations. It is the gateway to World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland and is just seven kilometres from the Cairns Central Business District.

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.

JUCY Rentals Cairns

Portsmith, Cairns Area
From AU$20 - 350
JUCY stands for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. They pride themselves on offering unique and exciting solutions in every market they enter. 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.

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.

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.

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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