Discover a selection of 418 vacation rentals in Cairns, QLD, AU that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $36 per night, and condos and houses are popular options for a stay in Cairns. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

A tropical escape in Australia

For lovers of ocean exploration, Cairns probably needs no introduction. This gateway to the tropical north of Australian is known the world over for its sunny climate and fabulous scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef, one of Earth's most spectacular nature wonders. Booming with tourism, the city itself is decidedly cosmopolitan and when you stay in a Cairns vacation rental, you'll find tasty restaurants, theaters, historical attractions and museums. Interestingly, it is also the first area of the world to produce tropical fruit wines, offering a literal taste of the region.

Things to do

Museums, art and gardens in Cairns

When you're back on shore, consider visiting some of Cairn's cultural attractions. Just a short walk from Cairns vacation rentals, you'll find a wealth of things to do, from admiring local artwork at the Regional Gallery to discovering the area's fascinating history at the Cairns Museum. A wander through the bamboo forests and tropical vegetation at the City Botanic Gardens is beguiling, as are the rainforest boardwalks which cross the Centenary Lakes opposite. If you have any time left over, pack up a picnic and take the whole family down to Lake Placid.


An adventure playground

This northern part of Australian is a real adventure playground. Here, you can go hiking in the Daintree Rainforest, throw yourself out of a plane to feel the rush of skydiving, swim in crystal-clear lagoons or take guided tours to spot wildlife. However, most people come to Cairns for is the scuba diving. Whether you are coming to learn, or you already have your PADI certification, you can join one of the dozens of boats and head out to the Great Barrier Reef to find an underwater paradise of colorful coral and exotic marine life.


Escape the cold Northern Hemisphere

You don't need to plan your adventure around the seasons, because Cairns welcomes visitors all year-round with its tropical climate. If you want to escape the cold Northern Hemisphere, it's always warm in Cairns. During the summer months, the monsoon rain can creep in, but the reef visibility is almost perfect. The rest of the year, the days are sunny and skies clear and bright. These idyllic conditions make hiking through the rainforest or soaking up the rays on the beach a pleasure. For that reason, the Cairns vacation rentals are open all year round.

Natural features

One of the world's natural wonders

The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the world's natural wonders. Spanning a vast swathe of the South Pacific Ocean, the reef has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but unfortunately this hasn't stopped it from being threatened by climate change. As you dive down into the colorful underwater world, there are countless species of marine life to see, including 350 species of coral and thousands of species of sponge. If you're lucky, you may even spot one of the sharks, turtles or even a migrating whale. Expect to be overwhelmed.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Cairns

The nearest airport is in Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), located 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Cairns Station, Freshwater Station and Redlynch Station are the main stations in the city.

How many vacation rentals are available around Cairns, QLD, AU?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 418 vacation rentals around Cairns. From 233 condo and apartment rentals to 167 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cairns?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cairns:

  • Palm Cove: 475 vacation rentals
  • Trinity Beach: 61 vacation rentals
  • Cairns North: 63 vacation rentals
  • Clifton Beach: 135 vacation rentals
  • Edge Hill: 16 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Cairns?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cairns. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cairns Base Hospital: 438 vacation rentals
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Course: 440 vacation rentals
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre: 438 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Cascades & Lake Morris: 438 vacation rentals
  • St Monica's Cathedral: 438 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cairns listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Cairns?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 233 Condos/Apartments in Cairns. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cairns include:

  • Houses: 167 rentals available
  • Resorts: 7 rentals available
  • Studios: 230 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cairns?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 374 vacation rentals with pool available in Cairns. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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