Cairns Holidays

Cairns holidays whisk you away to a tropical paradise, situated in the far northern reaches of Queensland. Sandwiched between rainforest and national parkland to the west and the Great Barrier Reef to the east, it provides the best of all worlds for keen adventurers. Vibrant city life is mixed with luxury hotels, pristine beaches, and of course scuba diving around the famous reef.

Couples searching for that romantic break will appreciate the hotels offering sea views and easy access to the beach, while boat trips, snorkelling and swimming will satisfy keen adventurers. Head inland and you can walk through the rainforest, discover aboriginal culture, and experience spectacular views from railway carriages, walkways through the trees and from streams and rivers.

Enjoy the best experiences on holidays in Cairns

Hayes & Jarvis pours over six decades of experience into every holiday we book. Whatever you’re looking to experience when planning your dream trip to Cairns, we can make it a reality. We’ll help you plan your ideal break, whether it involves multiple locations, taking part in water sports, or simply relaxing on the many beaches near Cairns.

Cairns breaks are ideally paired with Indian Ocean tours. Book our four day escorted World Heritage Sri Lanka tour which will immerse you in the area’s fascinating culture and history. Alternatively, in Australia, swimming, diving, and snorkelling are all must have experiences on our 15 day Queensland tour. Adventurers will love discovering rainforests, reefs and everything between.

Destination Highlights
  • Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy a day cruise
  • Explore the rainforest
  • Hike around a National Park
  • Relax on a sandy beach
  • Stay in the finest hotels

Time Zone

GMT +10

Flight Time

London Heathrow to Cairns is around a 23 hour flight. Connections can usually be made at Singapore and then Melbourne, or Singapore and Sydney on the way back.


Australian dollar (AUD)

Visa Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.



Health Information

All tourists require an Australian Tourist Visa, you can apply for an instant tourist visa, this is also known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa.

Cairns Attractions

  • Explore Queensland

    Hayes & Jarvis offers more than a standard break in Cairns. Head inland and explore the five national parks clustered around Cairns. Take a boat out into the warm waters and witness the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Savour breakfast in a local café with coffee and French toast, or find your favourite beaches along the Queensland coastline, sinking your toes into the sand and feeling yourself unwind.

  • Cape Tribulation, Queensland

    Visit Tropical Rainforests

    The Daintree Rainforest is just two hours from Cairns. Test your head for heights along the aerial walkway, experience a rainforest tour, and enjoy an overnight stay in one of the rainforest lodges. A river cruise could see you come face to face with crocodiles too.

  • Island Hopping

    Cairns’ proximity to the Great Barrier Reef means it’s easy to explore nearby islands. Lizard Island boasts two dozen beaches deserted sandy beaches to relax on. Alternatively, Green Island is a 45 minute boat ride from the city, and offers the perfect spot to get away for a day in secluded serenity.

  • Superb Dining

    Seafood features heavily in many Cairns restaurants. Sample the freshest locally caught fish or thrill your taste buds with anything from Australian dishes to Japanese or Greek. Order a sandwich to take to the beach or book a table in a local restaurant after a day spent exploring the area. Pair this with delicious Australian wines for an indulgent dinner in this wonderful city.