Cairns prices

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$69.10

10 AUD = 7.94 USD

Cairns hotel prices

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Rating Price (USD)
15.08 - 40.48
25.40 - 59.52
27.78 - 121.43
47.62 - 149.21
178.57 - 267.46

Cairns hostel prices

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Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
14.29 - 29.37

Hotel seasons

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October through March is considered the wet season. It’s also when you’ll find lower hotel rates and flight fares. If you plan on visiting during the other half of the year, plan on paying a bit more for your stay.

Most international visitors who come to Cairns do so to visit the nearby Great Barrier Reef. This city is officially in the Tropics so it’s warm or hot all year round, and the main variable is that summer (December through February) sees higher humidity and much more rainfall than the rest of the year.

Cairns395

The good news for budget travelers is that Cairns tends to be at least a bit less expensive than the large cities in Australia when it comes to hotels and even food prices at casual places. The bad news might be that the diving excursions and other adventure sports that motivate people to come here are all kind of expensive.

Hotels in particular start off at much lower prices than you’d find in the big cities, although in high season you might not think so. Backpacker types can at least find some bargains in Cairns, so lingering here should be cheaper than most other parts of Oz.

Cairns attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Cairns Wildlife Dome Walk into an all weather wildlife exhibit on top of the Reef hotel Casino. Once inside, you'll see cockatoos, koalas, turtles and more. 4 to 14 9.52
adult 19.05
Whale Watching Take a ride in a small boat as you take a guided cruise looking for humpback whales during the months of July and August. all ages 78.57
Mountain Bike Tours Take a ride on the wild side as you tour the country while stopping for food and drinks along the way. This cost is for a full day. adult 69.84

Cairns transportation prices USD

  Price
Shuttle transport into Cairns 11.90 - 13.49
Taxi from airport into Cairns 19.84 - 27.78
3km taxi ride in Cairns 8.73 - 11.90
Bus ride in Cairns 2.98

Cairns food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast If you're looking to enjoy breakfast outside of the hotel, there are plenty of places to pick from. 4.76 - 9.52
Budget lunch Lunch is a great time for pizza with most eateries offering a slice or two. 6.35 - 14.29
Budget dinner Dinner options are endless with both local and international cuisine available. Just keep in mind that if you pay for your meal before 7:30pm you have a good chance of getting the early bird discount at some restaurants. 9.52 - 19.84
Beer Both domestic and imported beers can be found at most restaurants but be prepared to pay a higher price than you're used to. 3.97 - 7.14

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Cairns facts

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Population 142,500
Metro area 142,500
Time zone UTC+10
Currency Australian dollar
Airports Cairns Airport (CNS)

Avg temps & precip

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Best months to visit

May, June, July, August, September

weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

Due to its tropical location, Cairns is known for getting warm and humid, but in a good way. November through March is a great time to visit with both great weather and chances to see numerous wildlife both on land and in the water. Water temperatures are just right, not too cold and not too warm.

If you’re not a fan of the heat, another great time to visit is in June or the months surrounding June where the temperatures drop a bit.

Rain is present at its heaviest from January to March but luckily it tends to only fall at night, reducing your need for a daily umbrella.

Sunrise and sunset

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