Cairns Travel Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

 Check out this guide for everything you need to know before you plan your trip. We explain the best way to see the Great Barrier Reef, day trips from Cairns, where to stay, and the best time to go.

Getting to Cairns

If you travel to Cairns from outside of Australia, there are limited options for flying straight to Cairns from overseas. Direct flights to Cairns are from Singapore, Japan, and Auckland in New Zealand.

Weather in Cairns

Cairns has two distinct seasons. December to April is the wet or monsoon season. Expect high humidity, temperatures in the 90s, and periods of heavy rain. There is also no breeze.

Best Time to Visit Cairns

Given the contrast between the wet and dry seasons, you might think May to October is the best time to visit Cairns. As a rule, this is the case. Not only is the weather beautiful, but you also do not have to worry about marine stingers that are around in the wet season.

Do You Need a Car in Cairns?

One of the great things about Cairns is that you can access many of the best attractions by day tours that pick you up from your accommodation.

How Long Do You Need in Cairns?

Cairns is best known as an access point to explore the incredible Great Barrier Reef and the ancient and beautiful Daintree Rainforest.

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