Whether you prefer the kind of ocean views only an island can offer or a retreat nestled amongst the rainforest, there’s a variety of places to stay in and around Cairns. For a lively gateway to the reef or the rainforest, base yourself amongst all the buzz of the Cairns Esplanade and fill your time between adventures with bars, playgrounds, restaurants, shopping or swims in the crystal clear lagoon.
For a slower pace and some of the best spas in Queensland, head north to Palm Cove where the laidback village vibes are ideal for those looking for a quieter spot to soak up the coast.
If you’d prefer to splash out and get a glimpse of island life, set off for Bedarra Island or Lizard Island where you can lap up the barefoot luxury of private beaches, fine dining and endless water activities.
Or if you want to give treetop living a go, there are Airbnbs and ecolodges aplenty nestled around the Daintree Rainforest with lots of secluded waterholes and wildlife watching on offer.