Cheap Flights to Cairns

On the doorstep of the world famous Great Barrier Reef and the picturesque Whitsunday Islands, Cairns was always destined for tourism greatness.

What to know before you fly to Cairns?

On the doorstep of the world famous Great Barrier Reef and the picturesque Whitsunday Islands, Cairns was always destined for tourism greatness. But it isn't just its colourful neighbours that make Cairns one of Queensland's most popular spots. It's also a great tourism destination in its own right, boasting beautiful beaches, an increasingly modern yet laid-back city centre and of course warm weather all year round.

Cairns is the main gateway to Australia's underwater pride and joy, the Great Barrier Reef. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and the only living thing visible from space. From Cairns you can do a day tour to the reef involving diving, snorkelling, or simply sitting back and taking in the amazing scenery. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of whales, dolphins or turtles while exploring the reef.

Fly to Cairns and explore Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

In Cairns itself, chances are you'll be spending plenty of time in Cairns Esplanade, which accommodates a man-made swimming lagoon, parks, public fitness equipment and numerous trendy cafés, restaurants and shops. You'll also find markets every Saturday and a busy program of free entertainment on offer.

Fly to Cairns and explore Cairns Waterfront

Cairns Waterfront

Food lovers will appreciate the plethora of delicious food options available in Cairns. As you would expect, seafood restaurants are aplenty in the area, each putting their own spin on the finest fresh ingredients. These range from basic fish and chip shops to casual cafés and world-class fine dining restaurants. Of course there is also a wide range of other cuisines on offer throughout Cairns. Try Gelocchio if you like Italian food or Bushfire Flame Grill for a classic Aussie barbeque, and don't miss out on the desserts at Devine Gelato.

Best time to fly to Cairns

The sub-tropical city of Cairns is best visited during the dry months of winter (June to August). This is when the temperatures are milder and the tropical rainstorms are less frequent. Otherwise, the months shouldering summer (April/May and August/October) are your next best options to avoid peak tourist season.


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Australia visa Information

For eligible permanent New Zealand residents, you don’t need to worry about organising a visa to travel or work in Australia. Head to the Australian Government’s Immigration and Citizenship page to confirm your eligibility or research the type of visa you’ll need.

Cairns flight time

Direct flights from Auckland to Cairns are approximately 5.5 hours.

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