Explore our Cairns Budget  Accommodation

For those on a budget or simply seeking a more affordable accommodation option, Cairns offers a range of three-star hotels and motels that provide comfortable and convenient lodgings at an affordable price.

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Cairns Plaza Hotel 

One popular option is the Cairns Plaza Hotel, located just a short walk from the Cairns Esplanade. This property offers a range of rooms and suites, a swimming pool spa, and an onsite restaurant.

Cairns Colonial Club

Another highly rated option is the Cairns Colonial Club Resort, set in tropical gardens just a short drive from the city centre. This resort offers a range of rooms and suites, a swimming pool, a tennis court, and an on-site restaurant and bar.

Cairns Queenslander Hotel and Apartments

For those seeking a more budget-friendly option, the Cairns Queenslander Hotel and Apartments offer affordable accommodation just a short walk from the Cairns Esplanade. This property provides a range of room types.  There are budget rooms, and amenities include a swimming pool, BBQ area, and guest laundry facilities.

Many three-star accommodation options in Cairns also offer additional amenities such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception,  making it easy to enjoy your stay comfortably and conveniently.

So, whether you’re travelling to Cairns for business or leisure, these three-star accommodation options provide a comfortable and affordable base from which to explore tropical North Queensland.

Budget things to do in Cairns

Cairns is a tropical paradise in Australia where you can enjoy a budget-friendly vacation. Cairns is known for its natural beauty, rich Culture, and adventurous activities. If you are looking for budget-friendly things to do in Cairns, you have come to the right place. We have put together a list of top things to do in Cairns that will not break the bank.

Visit the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a free attraction open every day of the year. It is a lush green oasis home to many tropical plants and wildlife. You can explore the garden, take photos, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The Cairns Botanic Gardens is a must-visit attraction if you are in Cairns.

Swim at Cairns Lagoon.

The Cairns Lagoon is a free public swimming pool on the Cairns Esplanade. It is popular with both locals and tourists. The pool is safe for swimming and is a great place to cool off on a hot day. The lagoon also has a sandy beach where you can relax and soak up the sun.

Explore the Cairns Esplanade.

The Cairns Esplanade is a beautiful waterfront boardwalk, perfect for an afternoon stroll. It is lined with palm trees and has many benches to sit on and enjoy the view. Several restaurants and cafes are also along the Esplanade, where you can grab a bite.

Visit the Cairns Museum.

The Cairns Museum is a small museum dedicated to Cairns’ history. The museum is housed in the School of Arts Building, a beautiful heritage-listed building. The museum has a collection of artefacts, photographs, and stories that tell the history of Cairns. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are welcome.

Take a hike in Barron Gorge National Park. 

Barron Gorge National Park is a beautiful park located just outside of Cairns. It has several hiking trails that range in difficulty. The trails take you through rainforests, waterfalls, and scenic lookouts. The park is free to enter, but you may need to pay for parking.

Visit the Cairns Night Markets.

The Cairns Night Markets are a popular attraction in Cairns. They are open every night and have over 70 stalls selling various goods, including clothing, souvenirs, and food. The markets are great places to pick up unique souvenirs and gifts.

Take a free guided walking tour.

The Cairns Regional Council offers free guided walking tours of the city. The tours run daily and take you to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The tours are a great way to learn about the history and culture of Cairns.

In conclusion

Cairns is a budget-friendly destination that offers a range of activities for visitors. From exploring the Cairns Botanic Gardens to hiking in the Barron Gorge National Park, plenty of things to do in Cairns won’t break the bank. We hope this list has inspired you to explore Cairns and all that it has to offer.

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