Hotels in Cairns, Australia

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Where to Stay in Cairns, Australia?

The city of Cairns in North Queensland, Australia is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Chock full of great places to see and things to do, it’s no wonder there are hordes to tourists drawn to this city every year which makes knowing the best kind of Cairns accommodation for you, that much more important.

When looking for where to stay in Cairns it is important to decide beforehand what budget best suits you and stick to it as there is always something one can find. In terms of luxury hotels there are tons of international chain as well as boutique hotels to choose from that offer some of the finest hotel experiences with great restaurants for about $200 and up.

On the other side the budget hotel options in Cairns are easily some of the safest and clean in all of Australia, with the higher end places to stay in Cairns coming in at around $120. Other Cairns hotels that can sometimes be lower than $20 a night are also relatively clean while definitely being just the basics. One can also opt for a homestay option for which the prices vary between $40 and $80, the experience of which is very immersive and lively. These options are perfect for backpackers as they allow one to really mingle with the locals at a very small cost.

It should be noted that hotels in Cairns do get completely booked out during the high season around June and September and so it is best to move fast if that is the time you plan to visit.

Guesthouses/B &B’s

  • Tropic Days Backpackers
  • Global Central
  • Bha Central

Budget Hotels

  • The Balinese
  • Nomads Cairns
  • Hides Hotel

4/5 Star Hotels 

  • Coral Tree Inn
  • Pullman Cairns International
  • Hilton Cairns

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  • Cairns City Backpackers Hostel

    274 Draper Street, Parramatta Park, Cairns

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    Cairns City Backpackers Hostel

    7
    Very Good

    218 guest reviews

    • 10
      Food & Drinks
    • 10
      Staff
    • 5
      Walls
    • 3.3
      Room
    • 0
      Value For Money
    • 0
      Location
  • Caravella Central

    72 Grafton St, Cairns

  • Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront

    93A Esplanade, Cairns

  • Cairns City Motel

    169 Lake Street, Cairns

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    Cairns City Motel

    6.8
    Good

    318 guest reviews

    • 6.2
      Room
    • 5.8
      Cleanliness
    • 8
      Location
    • 6.5
      Service
    • 2
      Value
    • 6.6
      Overall
  • Cairns Queens Court

    167-173 Sheridan Street, Cairns

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    Cairns Queens Court

    7.3
    Very Good

    1k guest reviews

    • 10
      Staff
    • 10
      Bathroom
    • 10
      Cleanliness
    • 10
      Food & Drinks
    • 10
      Breakfast Area
  • Cairns Rainbow Resort

    179 Sheridan St, Cairns

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    Cairns Rainbow Resort

    5.9
    Standard

    1.6k guest reviews

    • 10
      Bedlinen
    • 10
      Windows
    • 10
      Shower
    • 10
      Bathtub
    • 9.3
      Facilities
    • 9.1
      Staff
  • Nightcap At Edge Hill Tavern

    145 Pease Street, Cairns

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    Nightcap At Edge Hill Tavern

    6.9
    Good

    148 guest reviews

    • 5.3
      Room
    • 5.7
      Cleanliness
    • 7.3
      Service
    • 6.8
      Overall
  • Balaclava Hotel

    423 Mulgrave Rd, Cairns

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    Balaclava Hotel

    7.5
    Very Good

    189 guest reviews

    • 3.3
      Room
    • 4
      Cleanliness
    • 6
      Service
    • 2
      Value
    • 7.5
      Overall
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  • Tropical Queenslander

    287 Lake Street, Cairns

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    Tropical Queenslander

    6.7
    Good

    110 guest reviews

    • 10
      Bed
    • 10
      Value For Money
    • 10
      Facilities
    • 10
      Restaurant
    • 10
      Surroundings
    • 6.7
      Walls
  • Hides Hotel

    87 Lake Street, Cairns

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    Hides Hotel

    7.2
    Very Good

    913 guest reviews

    • 10
      Heating & Air Conditioner
    • 10
      Staff
    • 10
      Sleeping Comfort
    • 10
      Bed
    • 8.6
      Room
    • 5
      Windows
  • Lake Central Cairns

    139 Lake Street Cairns Qld 4870, Cairns

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    Lake Central Cairns

    5.6
    Standard

    141 guest reviews

    • 4.9
      Room
    • 4.8
      Cleanliness
    • 7.5
      Location
    • 5.3
      Service
    • 6
      Value
    • 5.6
      Overall
  • The Balinese

    215 Lake Street, Cairns

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    The Balinese

    7.9
    Very Good

    128 guest reviews

    • 10
      Staff
    • 10
      Bathroom
    • 10
      Bed
    • 10
      Value For Money
    • 10
      Room
    • 10
      Toiletries
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