Discover a selection of 223 holiday home rentals in Cairns, QLD that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Stayz holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including pool and air conditioning. Prices start at AU$ 54 per night, and holiday houses and flats & apartments are popular options for a stay in Cairns. Either way, you'll find holiday accommodation for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Beach getaway in Cairns holiday homes to rent

Cairns is a laid-back city and the gateway to the tropical north, offering endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the landscape. From the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest to the bustling markets and idyllic beaches, Cairns holiday homes to rent put you in the heart of a tropical oasis.


Heritage sites near Cairns holiday rentals

With its long, rich history and infusion of different cultures, Cairns has plenty of historic sites of interest for enthusiasts. Holiday homes can be found near such heritage attractions as the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum, a large museum with armoured vehicles dating back to the 1800s, and Paronella Park, a historic area with Spanish-inspired buildings, a vintage hydroelectric generator and nearby waterfalls. Both art and history lovers will enjoy the Cairns Art Gallery, an elegant gallery of Australian art within a restored, century-old government building and St Monica’s Old Cathedral, a heritage-listed former Roman Catholic cathedral with stunning architecture.

Things to do

Activities near Cairns holiday homes

With its tropical landscape and variety of outdoor excursions, Cairns is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts. Holiday rentals can be found near Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which has enclosed gondola rides over the rainforest canopy for excellent sights, and the Cairns Railway Station, a historic train that travels through the protected areas of the rainforest. Palm Cove, a beachside suburb with palm-lined beaches, coral reefs and seaside shops and restaurants, and the Rainforestation Nature Park, a tropical garden environment and nature reserve with exotic plants and wildlife, are also must-see attractions.


Activities and attractions in Cairns

Are you searching for attractions to visit during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Cairns a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (7 mi / 11.3 km)
  • Cairns Aquarium (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Cairns Golf Club (2.8 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Esplanade Lagoon (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre (3.1 mi / 5.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near Cairns holiday homes

Mangrove forests, sugar-white beaches, sapphire waters, rainforest trails, coral cays and the Great Barrier Reef provide the perfect backdrop for everything from leisurely outdoor exploration to adrenaline-fueled fun. Diving, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, bushwalking and ocean cruises are the most popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts of different skill levels. Surfing, zip lining, canopy walks, parasailing, hang gliding and bungee jumping in different environments offer a little more adventure and excitement for thrill seekers. Nature walks, dolphin tours and wildlife tours are also popular.

Natural highlights

Exploring the coral reefs and other natural features in Cairns

Travellers love Cairns for its lush rainforest and pristine beaches. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Cairns is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Great Barrier Reef (19.1 mi / 30.7 km)
  • Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Mount Whitfield Conservation Park (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Flecker Botanic Gardens (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Red Arrow Walk (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland (2.5 mi / 4 km)

Holiday homes near Cairns beaches

Rimmed by the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns beaches offer excellent swimming, snorkelling and hiking opportunities to explore the environment. Fitzroy Island, a large, tropical island with sandy beaches and rainforest hiking trails, and Double Island, an island close to the coast with soft-sand beaches and sea kayaking, are popular spots. Daintree National Park, a protected mountain rainforest with beaches, turquoise waters and hiking trails, is a great place to view wildlife and enjoy a swim. For families with children, the Cairns City Beach has shallow water for wading and recreation.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Cairns

The nearest airport is in Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), located 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Cairns Station, Freshwater Station and Redlynch Station are the main stations in the city.

Food & drink 

Sample regional delicacies in Cairns

Cairns has a thriving cafe scene located in Grafton and Spence streets. Dishes like chilli eggs and French toast, cold-drip coffee, coconut lattes and hazelnut ice cream are popular staples in the area, along with Asian fusion and traditional Greek dishes. In Cairns, the balmy weather turns dining into an al fresco experience, with many of the cafes and eateries offering outdoor seating so you can enjoy the landscape along with your meal. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find a wide selection of eateries near your holiday accommodation.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Cairns?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 223 holiday rentals around Cairns. From 79 holiday houses to 125 flats & apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Cairns is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Cairns?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Cairns. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Cairns Esplanade: 515 holiday rentals
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre: 519 holiday rentals
  • Cairns Convention Centre: 519 holiday rentals
  • Cairns Regional Gallery: 519 holiday rentals
  • Muddy's Playground: 515 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cairns listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cairns?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 79 Houses in Cairns. Our other popular types of Cairns holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 125 holiday houses
  • Villas: 7 holiday houses
  • Resorts: 3 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Cairns?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 192 holiday homes with pool available in Cairns. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.