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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.

Cairns and Northern Beaches

Cairns

Famed for its first-class access to the nation’s biggest drawcards, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, these world-heritage sites stamp Cairns on the map as Australia’s nature capital with some serious adventure game.

No matter who you are or how long you’re there, Cairns is a bucket list destination that speaks for itself when it comes to flaunting its natural assets. You could be rubbing fins with Nemo while you snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, surfing your way through the jungle of the Daintree Rainforest or hammock-side on a tropical island all within a day. 

Things to do in Cairns

Whether you’re gliding above the rainforest, meeting the local wildlife or learning about the indigenous history of the region, Cairns is brimming with nature and adventure experiences for every sized explorer. See these top 10 Cairns experience to add to your itinerary.

  • Go White Water Rafting on the Tully River
  • Bungee jump on a bike with AJ Hackett
  • Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway before descending into the world-heritage listed rainforest
  • Learn about indigenous history with Walkabout Cultural Adventures, Mungalla Aboriginal Tours or Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk
  • Check out the Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome for some family fun
  • Go Croc spotting with Daintree River Cruises
  • Swim, socialise and let the kids run free at Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
  • Take a trip to Babinda Boulders and hire a kayak
  • Explore Josephine Falls and swim in the refreshing waters of this natural swimming hole
  • Take the family for a joy ride at the Smithfield MTB Park

Pro Dive Cairns

Multiple Locations
Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 Pro Dive Cairns have developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, safety and value, specialising in learn to dive courses and diver education from beginner to professional, three day liveaboard dive trips and retail sales of dive, snorkel and water sports equipment.

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

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More visitors and locals choose to fly with Hot Air Balloon Cairns by far, than anywhere in Australia, so don't miss out, come along and experience it for yourself. See the fleet of balloons float up up and away in the wide open blue skies where the temperate climate is perfectly suited to ballooning.

Spirit of Cairns

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Spirit of Cairns is locally owned and operated by a company with more than 30 years experience in taking visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, on day tours, where you can learn to scuba dive and extended liveaboard scuba diving expeditions.

Cairns Dive Adventures

Cairns Area
Cairns Dive Adventures offer local knowledge of dive boats, liveaboard trips, learn to dive courses and expeditions, Cairns Dive Adventures can help you choose the best possible trip to the Great Barrier Reef, pending your itinerary, requirements and budget.

Green Ant Limousines and Airport Transfers in Cairns

Cairns Area
From AU$65.00 - 380.00
Green Ant Limousines and Private Transfers provides affordable luxury transport solutions in the greater Cairns, Port Douglas and Mission Beach regions. All vehicles are immaculate in presentation and all drivers are industry trained and experienced.

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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