Where is Cairns?

-16.91959° N, 145.77371° E

Cairns is located in Tropical North Queensland, Australia in the Pacific Ocean.

Sydney to Cairns is 2419 km

Brisbane to Cairns is 1702 km

Time in Cairns operates in Australian Eastern Standard time UTC+10.


  • East of Cairns, we have the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef.
  • West of Cairns is the Atherton Tablelands, Chillegoe Caves.
  • South of Cairns is Mission Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.
  • North of Cairns is Port Douglas,  World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and further north Cape York.

The city of Cairns is about 5 kilometres square; the city is flat and very easy to walk around, make sure that you take drinking water with you as our climate is always warm to hot.

Elevation between 0 and 1,314 metres with a population of approximately 150,000

Covering an area of the 488.1-kilometre square.  Cairns is the 5th most populated city in Australia.

Cairns is located in Tropical North Queensland Australia approximately 1700 kilometres (1057 miles) north of Brisbane, 2420 kilometres (1504 miles) north of Sydney.

A wonderful tropical city that provides the perfect gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest

How to get to Cairns?

Flights to  Cairns

Fly to Cairns from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane Adelaide, Darwin and Perth

Qantas   Virgin  Virgin Tiger

International flights from Tokyo, Osaka and Bali operated by Jetstar

Flights from Singapore operated by Silk Air

Flights from Port Moresby,  Papua New Guinea operated by Air Niugini and Qantas flights

Flights from New Zealand operated by Air New Zealand

Flights from Shenzen in China operated by

Travel by Train to Cairns

Cairns is the final station of Queensland North Coast Railway line which follows  the Eastern Seaboard from Brisbane including the high-speed train ‘The Tilt Train.’

Travel by bus to Cairns

Greyhound, Oz Experience passes available so that you can get on and off and explore all the vast regions of Australia

Hire a campervan to travel to Cairns

Where is Cairns

Also, a great option and will offer great flexibility to get you around and allow you the flexibility to discover Queensland at your own pace.

There are so many beautiful places along the way to explore.

Whichever way you choose to come to Cairns at we can assist you on how to get to here and all the fun things to see and do while you are here.

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