Getting around Cairns
When you arrive by plane, it’s just an 8-minute trip (5.8 kilometres) from the airport to the city centre.
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The city of Cairns is flat and easy to get around the city. Approximately 11 minutes via car from the domestic and international airports.
We call the Cairns Entertainment Precinct. This 4-street block along Florence Street from Sheridan Street to the Cairns Esplanade. This area features the Performing Arts, the Aquarium, RSL, Munro Martin 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.
There are more retail shops from Shield Street to Spence Street, 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. Cairns Marlin Marina is where all Great Barrier Reef tours depart.
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 is in this block. This site is popular in 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 are.