Cairns Accommodation

Where is it?

Located 145º 46' E and 16º 55' S, Cairns is close enough to the Equator to share its latitude with the tropical islands of the Pacific Ocean. Situated 1,700 km north of Queensland's capital, Brisbane, Cairns is a suitable starting- or finishing-point for international or interstate visitors. Several days are needed to drive the Bruce Highway from Brisbane, allowing time to absorb the many interesting sights, towns, islands and beaches on the way. Train, coach, air and sea travel is possible from all parts of Australia, while international visitors are well-served by cruise ships and air transport.

How to get there

Cairns airport serves both international and domestic flights. Check respective airlines for international flights. Daily domestic Qantas flights from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville, Ayers Rock, Darwin and Hamilton Island. Virgin Australia offers daily flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Queensland Rail has one train which travels from Brisbane to Cairns five times per week. The Tilt Train offers only business class seats and takes 25 hours. Visit Queensland Rail's website for full information. Arriving by sea is easy: either by yacht to one of the world-class marinas or by cruise ship.

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