Getting around Cairns

Your comprehensive guide to public transport in Cairns>  This guide includes Cairns bus routes, taxis, Uber, bicycle hire, Great Barrier Reef Tours, Skyrail, Scenic Trains and much more.

When you are arriving by plane its just a 8 minute trip (5.8 kilometres) form the airport to the city centre.

Starting from Cairns you can catch a historic secnic train to Kuranda the village in the rainforest.  On a Sunbus you can travel north and south to reach beaches and local shopping centres.

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The city of Cairns is flat, easy to get around the city.    Approximately 11 minutes via car from the domestic and international airports.

Entertainment Precinct

We call the Cairns Entertainment Precinct.  This 4 street block from along Florence Street from Sheridan Street to the Esplanade.  This area features the Performing Arts, the Aquarium, RSL, Martin Munro Park and the Jute Theatre.

The following section is Aplin to Shield Street, where most car hire companies are the city library and all kinds of groovy eateries.

From Shield Street to Spence Street, there are more retail shops, including Tommy Bahama and the Green Shop.

You can enter Rusty’s markets from Grafton and Sheridan Streets on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  This block also includes the lagoon, free for everyone to use located on the Esplanade.

At the very eastern end of Spence Street is the Cairns Marlin Marina this is where all Great Barrier Reef tours depart.

Inside Number 1 Spence Street, Cairns is the Reef fleet terminal where you check-in for Great Adventures, Green Island and Ocean Spirit.

Skip the queues with Reef Experience and Reef Encounter. We are boarding directly onboard Reef Experience from Finger A on the Marlin Jetty.

The final block is the one that runs from Spence to Wharf Street, where you will find the Reef Casino, Tamarind Restaurant,  Trinity Wharf and Hemingway Brewery.

When arriving on a cruise liner you will most likely arrive at Trinity Wharf.

The Cairns Convention Centre in this block. This site is popular with the conference and events markets.   It also is where the Cairns Taipans play during the basketball season.

One Street back from Sheridan Street is McLeod Street, where Cairns Central Shopping Centre and the Train Station.