is lots of different Cairns accommodation to choose from.
other city, Cairns has a good choice of hotels, resorts and holiday
apartments, as well as hostels, motels and caravan parks.
Up on the peninsula our hotels are more like
outback pubs, in Cairns they are of course most often luxury
highrisers with all the modern amenities you can imagine.
on the Esplanade and Lake and Abbott Streets.
There are also many apartment buildings in central Cairns, and these
are very nice, self
to stay. They are not cheap but there
enough room to share with another couple or a small group. Most are
central, many are on the Esplanade and in Lake
There are also bed and breakfasts in case you like to be spoilt with a
more personal service and a breaky cooked for you. Many
in Draper Street, and in suburbs like Edge Hill, Freshwater, Bayview
and some northern beaches such as Holloways Beach, Clifton Beach and
In many smaller towns in Cape York, a resort is the most luxury place
This is not necessarily the case in Cairns, where the term
even covers backpackers resorts. They can still be clean and good
places to stay, just don't expect five star luxury.
Hostels I used to
stay a lot in backpacker
when younger. They are cheap, they have shared kitchens to cook your
own meals, they are great when you are young, some are better, some are
are many in central
Cairns and on the Esplanade, you are safest to go for the larger ones.
if you're heading to Cape York, it's most convinient to sleep close to
your vehicle where everything is packed.
Apart from caravan parks,
motels are the best accommodation (park right outside your bedroom
door). Most are along the main road south, as well as north from
parks are excellent places to stay for Cape York travellers - you are
already prepared for a camping trip.
There are about 10 of them in the
town - a few are quite central, and then there are the ones in
southern, and in northern Cairns.
page you have the resorts amongst Cairns accommodation.
lots of them, and most
are in the city centre. The page
starts with the central
resorts in Cairns,
and further down you have the ones in north and south Cairns.
Above Cairns Night Markets, this resort has a great location right on
the Esplanade. It has one room ensuite apartments with kitchenettes,
mini bars, spa baths and private balconies. There is a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, a gym, massage, and a
Another resort with a great location on the Esplanade, Mantra
Trilogy has ensuite rooms with kitchenettes, mini bars TVs,
in-room movies, internet, and private balconies. There is a bar and a
restaurant, a swimming
pool, a a spa and wellness centre, massage, and a gym and a fitness
There are a few Rydges resorts in Cairns, but this one is right on
Esplanade (though a little north from the two above). Rooms have mini
bars, kitchenettes, private balconies, in
room movies and internet. There is a
bar and a restaurant, a spa and a swimming pool, massage, and beauty
is one block
back from the Esplanade, but still close enough to everything. It has
ensuite rooms with kitchenettes, fridges, tea and coffee making
facilities, microwaves, TVs, in room movies and room service. There is
a swimming pool, a restaurant and a poolside snack bar, laundry,
luggage storage and free parking.
Discovery Cairns is two blocks from the Esplanade
on Lake Street. There are standard and superior rooms, all have TVs,
wireless internet access and kitchenettes with fridges and tea and
coffee making facilitie. There are two swimming
a bar and a restaurant and off street parking.
Novotel Oasis is two blocks back from the Esplanade in Lake Street.
rooms have fridges, mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities, own
spa baths and large balconies. There is wi-fi, a beauty, a wellness,
and a fitness centre, a swimming pool and poolside bar, and a
restaurant that serves buffet breakfast and dinner.
Resorts Cascade Gardens
resort is in Lake Street a few blocks back from the Esplanade. It has
48 luxury rooms with mini bars, kitchenettes, cable TVs,
internet and spa baths. There is a swimming pool, a bar, a fitness
centre, free parking, and
Resorts in the North
The Bohemia resort is located on McLeod Street, four blocks back from
Esplanade in north Cairns. There are different sizes of
rooms and apartments with TVs, internet and kitchenettes. There is a
restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool and massage.
Also in north Cairns, the Lakes has apartment-style rooms with
fully equipped kitchens and separate living and dining areas. There is
a bar, a bistro and a restaurant, and a small grocery store. In the
tropical gardens there is a swimming pool, a spa, and a bowling and
Colonial Club Resort
Cairns Colonial Club is not right on the Esplanade or in central
it is in an inner suburb called Manunda.
It has 345 air conditioned rooms of five categories, tropical gardens,
four bars, lagoon pools and a poolside cafe, a spa, tennis courts
Resorts South of
Seasons Gateway Resort
Located in the southern end of Cairns, close to the Cairns Golf club,
the All Seasons Gateway is not a walking distance to the city but
there is a
free shuttle bus. It has standard rooms and self contained apartments
balconies. Great swimming pools and tropical gardens with BBQs.
page you have the best motels amongst Cairns Accommodation.
kind of accommodation for Cape York travellers - the second most popular after
caravan parks. The handy
thing is that as
opposed to most of the hotels and other Cairns accommodation, you can
your vehicle right in the front of your door - making it easy to reach
your stuff without having to carry it a long way.
The Aspect Central in Sheridan Street has to be one of the best ones in
scroll through the photos! The rooms are luxury for a
motel, with mini bars, safes, in-room movies and free wireless internet,
and still good price. There is a poolside snack bar, a cafeteria with daily breakfast served, and multilingual staff.
The Balinese is a bit closer to the city, one block back from the
waterfront on Lake Street. The rooms have TV, tea and coffe making
fridge and a/c. There is a breaky in the pool area in the
There is also a communal kitchen, an internet room and a laundry.
The Comfort Inn is one of the most central motels in Cairns. Rooms have
wireless internet, mini bars, and
kitchenettes with a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. There
is a swimming pool, a bar and restaurant, a laundry and off street
The Heritage is centrally located in a walking distance to the city and
the Esplanade. It has guest rooms with a fully equipped kitchen as
well as family suites, and standard, spa and executive suites. There is
a swimming pool, a spa and off street parking on site.
The Oasis Inn is on Sheridan Street in North Cairns and it has both
motel accommodation and budget apartments. In the gardens
are BBQs and a saltwater swimming pool. Rooms have kitchenettes with
tea and coffee making facilities, fridges and microwaves.
Cannon Park is also away from the city centre, in southern Cairns,
of the Stocklands Shopping Centre in Ealrville. It is not in a
reasonable walking distance to the city. Rooms have
TVs and room service. The complex has a pool. You can have breakfast
The Tropical Garden is about 2km south of city centre on Mulgrave Road.
It has 53
rooms including self contained studios, motel suites, and one and two
bedroom apartments. There is room service, a licenced bar and a
a guest laundry, tennis, spa, sauna and a swimming pool.
Cairns Reef Apartments and Motel is away from the city centre, in
the southern suburb called Woree - not a walking distance, but is
affordable. It has one and two bedroom apartments, and
furnished motel rooms with a TV, fridge and tea and coffee making
a few nice bed and breakfast in Cairns.
northern suburbs of the town, some are in the south but not quite as
They are very nice places to stay.
As many other B&Bs in Cairns, the Jungara is located in the
northern suburb Redlynch.
The guest house is adjacent to the family's main house and contains
three spacious rooms with access to fully self contained gourmet
kitchen and laundry. BBQ, pool and large breezy verandah with
The Kooka's is closer to the city centre, in the lovely suburb Edge Hill,
just next to Mount Whitfield. You got a kitchenette with tea
and coffee making facilities, TV, internet, a pool, a BBQ, tennis
courts, and deck with views that leads out from your lounge
Bed and Breakfast
The Ningana is in Cairns' northern suburb of Kamerunga, about 15
from central Cairns. It has a two bedroom modern apartment and a
studio with high speed internet, spa, hammock, heated pool, sauna,
private BBQ, table tennis and great views over the Pacific Ocean.
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