Tourist information

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is a very special part of the world.  Our unique position as the international gateway to two of the world's most precious and pristine natural wonders - the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest - makes this one of Australia's most popular destinations for international holiday visitors. Cairns is also a premier destination for national and international conferences and sporting events.

Council provides a wide range of facilities, centres and activities for local residents that we encourage visitors to use. Most activities are free or incur a small charge.

View our list of Things to Do and visit the Upcoming Events calendar for some inspiration.

Visitor information

For everything you need to plan your next holiday to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef - brochures, destinations, activities, events, accommodation, booking services and more visit the Tropical North Queensland - Cairns and Northern Beaches official visitor website.

Cairns is a safe community however local police encourage locals and tourists alike to think about some simple crime prevention strategies to help improve your safety.

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Airport Connect Shuttle

Airport Connect is a bus service offered by Sun Palm Transport linking Cairns Airport with the Translink public transport network at north and southbound Sheridan Street bus stops.  For fares and online bookings, visit the Sun Palm website.

  • Services to the airport are at 1/4 past the hour from 0415hrs to 2215hrs.
  • Services from the airport depart approximately every 30 minutes (subject to flight delays etc.) from 0430hrs until after the last flight.

Note: Passengers may pre-book their Airport Connect journey outbound from Cairns Airport with Sun Palm Transport online or by phone.  Tickets can also be purchased on arrival at the Sun Palm Transport kiosk in the terminal.  The journey from the Cairns Community Health Centre on Sheridan Street is offered as a pre-booked service only.  Pre-bookings may be made 24-hours prior to journey time online or by phone.

The service is complementary to Sun Palm Transport's existing accredited terminal-to-hotel service. For more information, visit the Sun Palm Transport website, email airport@sunpalmtransport.com.au or phone +61 7 4035 9884.

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Last updated: 10 March 2020