Cairns, Australia Travel Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2024

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.

Why Visit Cairns

Cairns Facts

Population 142,500
Area 142,500
Timezone UTC+10
Currency Australian dollar
Airports Cairns Airport (CNS)

Where to eat and drink in Cairns

Budget breakfastIf you're looking to enjoy breakfast outside of the hotel, there are plenty of places to pick from.$4.58 - $7.84
Budget lunchLunch is a great time for pizza with most eateries offering a slice or two.$5.23 - $11.76
Budget dinnerDinner 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. $8.50 - $16.34
BeerBoth domestic and imported beers can be found at most restaurants but be prepared to pay a higher price than you're used to.$3.27 - $5.88
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When to visit Cairns

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Cairns Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:21am6\"27pm
21 Jun6:45am5:52pm
21 Sep6:08am6:13pm
21 Dec5:40am6:49pm

Where to stay in Cairns

Cairns Hotel Seasons

Cairns Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar12.42 - 33.33
starstarstarstarstar20.92 - 49.02
starstarstarstarstar22.88 - 100.00
starstarstarstarstar39.22 - 122.88
starstarstarstarstar147.06 - 220.26
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Cairns Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed11.76 - 24.18

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