Cairns Accommodation

There is lots of different Cairns accommodation to choose from.

Like any other city, Cairns has a good choice of hotels, resorts and holiday apartments, as well as hostels, motels and caravan parks.

More Expensive Accommodation

hotels in cairns

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. 
Many luxury ones are on the Esplanade and Lake and Abbott Streets.

accomodation cairns

There are also many apartment buildings in central Cairns, and these are very nice,
self contained places to stay. They are not cheap but there is often enough room to share with another couple or a small group. Most are central, many are on the Esplanade and in Lake Street.

cairns bed and breakfast

Bed and Breakfast
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 are in Draper Street, and in suburbs like Edge Hill, Freshwater, Bayview Heights, and some northern beaches such as Holloways Beach, Clifton Beach and Trinity Park.

Cheaper Accommodation

resorts in cairns

Resorts in Cairns
In many smaller towns in Cape York, a resort is the most luxury place to stay.
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 in cairns

Backpacker Hostels
I used to stay a lot in backpacker hostels 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 worse.T here are many in central Cairns and on the Esplanade, you are safest to go for the larger ones.

Motels and Camping

cairns motels

But 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 Cairns.

caravan parks cairns

Caravan Parks
Caravan 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.


On this page you have the resorts amongst Cairns accommodation.

There are 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.
break free royal harbour resort cairns

Break Free Resort
Above Cairns Night Markets, this resort has a great location right on the 
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 restaurant.

mantra trilogy resort cairns

Mantra Trilogy Resort
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 centre.

rydges esplanade resort cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort
There are a few Rydges resorts in Cairns, but this one is right on the 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 and fitness facilities.

bay village tropical retreat cairns

Bay Village Cairns
This resort 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 resort

Discovery Cairns Resort
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 pools, a bar and a restaurant
and off street parking.

novotel oasis resort cairns

Novotel Oasis Resort
Novotel Oasis is two blocks back from the Esplanade in Lake Street. Large 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.

q resorts cascade gardens cairns

Q Resorts Cascade Gardens
This 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 laundry services.

Resorts in the North

bohemia resort cairns

Bohemia Resort
The Bohemia resort is located on McLeod Street, four blocks back from the 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.

the lakes resort cairns

The Lakes Resort
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 tennis court.

cairns colonial club resort

Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Cairns Colonial Club is not right on the Esplanade or in central Cairns, it is in an inner suburb called Manunda. It has 345 air conditioned rooms of five categories, tropical gardens, two restaurants, four bars, lagoon pools and a poolside cafe, a spa, tennis courts and a fitness centre.

Resorts South of the City

all seasons gateway resort cairns

All 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 with own balconies. Great swimming pools and tropical gardens with BBQs.

Motels in Cairns

On this page you have the best motels amongst Cairns Accommodation.

They are a handy 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 park your vehicle right in the front of your door - making it easy to reach your stuff without having to carry it a long way. 

Central Motels

aspect central motel cairns

Aspect Central Motel
The Aspect Central in Sheridan Street
has to be one of the best ones in Cairns. Just 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.

balinese motel cairns

Balinese Motel
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 facilities, bar fridge and a/c. There is a breaky in the pool area in the mornings. There is also a communal kitchen, an internet room and a laundry.

comfort inn city sheridan

Comfort Inn City Sheridan
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 parking.

heritage motel cairns

Heritage Motel Cairns
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.

oasis inn cairns

Oasis Inn Cairns
The Oasis Inn is on Sheridan Street in North Cairns and it has both motel accommodation and budget apartments. In the gardens there are BBQs and a saltwater swimming pool. Rooms have kitchenettes with tea and coffee making facilities, fridges and microwaves.

Southern Motels

cannon park motel cairns

Cannon Park Motel
Cannon Park is also away from the city centre, in southern Cairns, south 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 for extra charge.

tropical garden motel cairns

Tropical Garden Motel
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 restaurant, a guest laundry, tennis, spa, sauna and a swimming pool.

cairns reef motel

Cairns Reef Motel
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 facilities.

Bed and Breakfast

There are a few nice bed and breakfast in Cairns.

Most are in northern suburbs of the town, some are in the south but not quite as many.

They are very nice places to stay.

jungara bed and breakfast

Jungara Bed and Breakfast
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 views.

kookas bed and breakfast

Kooka's Bed and Breakfast
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 room.


nigana bed and breakfast cairns

Nigana Bed and Breakfast
The Ningana is in Cairns' northern suburb of Kamerunga, about 15 minutes 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.

cape york travel

Plan Your Trip... the FREE Cape York Travel Pocket Guide

Get this 50 pages guide totally for FREE. It contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip. You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you should take, how to get there and get around, where to stay (general info), what will it cost.. and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.

Plan and Bring to the Trip... the full Destination Cape York Travel Guide

visit cape york

This complete 300 pages travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks, at least 30 guaranteed FREE camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to the Cape), at least 40 best swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things - from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception, how to deal with the national parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner). Not to mention locals' tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)

If you liked the books or this website, let others know about it! 

Link to it from your website, your blog, your forum post... Share it on Facebook, Tweet about it...

Every link helps other travellers!

Thank you for doing the right thing and letting others know :-)

destination cape york

Latest Pages

Notice Board

Ask a Question

YOUR Adventure

YOUR Cape Memories

Keep yourself updated
on the latest -
weather, roads,
free travel tips,
and get the
FREE Cape York
Pocket Guide!




Don't worry - your email address is totally secure.
I use it only to send you the Cape York News.

Get the FREE Pocket Guide:
cape york travel free pocket guide

Get the Big Destination Guide
destination cape york book

Available with the Big Destination Guide:
cape york dog caravan trailer
FEEDBACK Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
cape york businesses

loyalty beach