Don't worry, Cairns is the third most visited destination in Australia. Millions of visitors have been here before you, and we are well used to their need to 'get around'. Cairns itself is well serviced within the area by all forms of public transport, and there are a multitude of shuttlebus and tour companies, all ready to take you where you need to go. Of course, you can also take things into your own hands and rent a car! Hey, if you book your rental car through Cairns Unlimited, we'll even arrange to have you picked up from the airport or station when you get here!
ALL PRICES ON THIS PAGE ARE IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS, AND ARE CORRECT AT THE TIME OF WRITING (DECEMBER 2007). PLEASE USE THE LINKS IN THE RIGHT COLUMN TO GO TO THE SECTION OF YOUR CHOICE.
GETTING AROUND TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
For the freedom and flexibility to explore the diverse beauty of Tropical North Queensland at your own pace during your vacation, we suggest renting your own vehicle. Please visit our CAIRNS CAR HIRE page, where you can fill out an obligation free enquiry form. We will get back to you - usually the next working day - with the best deal on a vehicle to suit your needs. We've included some useful maps on our MAPS AND INFORMATION page. And if you're coming from overseas, don't forget to check out our important information about DRIVING IN AUSTRALIA.
Non-stop transfers to Port Douglas (1-1.25 hours). Driver will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready or pickup from your accommodation in Cairns CBD areas. Child seating provided at no extra cost. Private Charter to any destination. For more pricing details, please visit website: www.krystaltransport.com.au
The Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville (MAP) Phone (07) 4771 3855 / Fax (07) 4771 3955
An award winning ferry service since 1997, Sunferries provides the quickest link between Townsville and Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes with up to 19 return services per day aboard high speed fast cats. Ferries depart from the Breakwater Ferry Terminal Townsville and the Nelly Bay Terminal Magnetic Island. Please check Sunferries website for schedule timetable.
Sunferries also offer a range of tour, accommodation and travel packages to suit every budget through their retail travel agency, Sunferries Travel. For further information call Sunferries Travel on (07) 4726 0800 or visit www.sunferries.com.au
The Savannahlander is a unique way to see Australia's outback. Once a week the classic 1960's rail motors head out from Cairns on their 4 day, 850km return trip to Forsayth. For much of the journey the Savannahlander has the railway line to itself and this allows passengers to experience a type of train travel that most won't have come across before. Want the driver to stop so you can take a photo? Just ask! The Savannahlander stops overnight in three different outback towns, Almaden (Chillagoe), Mount Surprise and Forsayth, each offering the traveller something different. Where to stay overnight? There are many options from the inexpensive to the not-so inexpensive. There are side trips to be done too. You can take a tour of the famous Chillagoe caves, take a tube tour at Undara or see the spectacular Cobbold Gorge.
Savannah Aviation offers charter flights to many destinations in the Outback and around North Queensland.
* Alice Springs * Tenant Creek * Burketown * Mornington Island * Doomadgee * Lawn Hill * Century Zinc Mine * Mt Isa * Camooweal * Normanton * Karumba * Katherine * Townsville * Cairns * Borroloola * Robinson River * Merlin Mine * Argyle Mine * Katherine * Darwin *
Savannah Aviation are also available for scenic flights over many of the magnificent sights of our Northern Outback and Gulf region.
Qantas connects Cairns with a number of Tropical North Queensland destinations, such as Townsville, Mackay and Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. The company runs at least one flight per day from Mackay and Townsville and a daily flight from Hamilton Island.
Greyhound buses ply the popular Brisbane to Cairns route up to five times a day, stopping at most points along the way. Greyhound also connects the east coast with the Northern Outback, travelling daily from Townsville via Charters Towers, Cloncurry and Mount Isa, to Tenant Creek in the Northern Territory. A Greyhound 'bus pass' will give you the flexibilty to stop off at interesting destinations along the way.
The innovative and comfortable 'Tilt Train' sweeps up the east coast from Brisbane twice a week, leaving Brisbane Mondays and Fridays at 6:25pm.
After more than 24 hours journey, the train gets into Cairns at 7:20pm Tuesdays and Saturdays
The classic 'Sunlander' plies the route three times a week. If you want to try the exclusive luxury experience in the 'Queenslander Class', note that Queenslander Class is only available on Sundays and Thursdays northbound, and Tuesdays and Saturdays southbound.
SUN PALM EXPRESS
Phone (07) 4087 2900
Sun Palm Express runs a number of services every day from Cairns to all points north as far as Cape Tribulation, picking up and setting down at all accommodation houses, hotels, air, bus, train and shipping terminals.
CORAL REEF COACHES
35 Front Street, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 2800 / Fax (07) 4098 1064
Coral Reef Coaches provides daily transfers between Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman, as well as airport transfers from Cairns to the Northern Beaches, Port Douglas and Mossman. They are also available for charters and group bookings.
GETTING AROUND CAIRNS
Most Cairns hotels and hostels, including Cairns backpackers hostels, offer a pick up service from the airport. Book your Cairns holiday accommodation through Cairns Unlimited and forget any other hassle. We will get back to you right away with all the details about your hotel as well as the pick up service.
The local taxi company is Black and White taxis. Taxi fares in Queensland are regulated by the government, and a trip from the airport to the city should be no more than $15. But hey, book your Cairns holiday accommodation or Cairns rental car through Cairns Unlimited, and that's fifteen bucks we could save you! While you're in town, phone 131 008 to book a taxi.
Sunbus is the local bus company servicing Cairns city, suburbs and northern beaches. They run a dozen or so different routes around the city and operate a 'Hail and Ride' system. You can find a Sunbus route map and timetables of their services on their website. .