Cairns Accommodation For DiversWith accommodation styles ranging from international class resorts, rainforest retreats and self-contained family apartments to caravan parks and hostels, Tropical North Queensland has something to suit every budget and lifestyle and need.
Resorts, Hotels and Hostels
A huge range of accommodation in various styles is available and we've arranged our favourites by location:
We can also arrange accommodation in the Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Atherton Tablelands and Mission Beach areas.
Bed and Breakfast
Bed and Breakfast accommodation can vary slightly from each home but basically this type of accommodation gives travellers an intimate experience of living in someone's family home, farm, inn, cottage, country house and so on. Breakfast is always offered and it can be either brought to your room ready to eat or as provisions for you to fix yourself. Sometimes you join the other guests and or family in the main dining room - this varies from place to place.
Basically they typify the country life style - relaxed and probably a little away- from- it- all. Evening meals are sometimes included in the tariff or can be added in as an extra. Many B and B's grow all there own produce, which adds a wonderful touch. Bathrooms are either shared with other guests or some rooms have private ensuites. If you choose this style be ready to meet and mix with some warm and wonderful people, and even the odd excentric character, as these people open their homes and family to you.
Cairns and the surrounding areas have some of the most beautiful B&B's. There are some right in the city some in the suburbs surrounding Cairns. The there are small homes in the rainforest and on the tablelands.
The Far North Queensland Bed & Breakfast Association is a good place to start looking for this style of accommodation.
Camping And Caravanning
The Islands within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are a popular destination for tourists wanting to camp "away from civilisation". They choose them because of the solitude experience where they can appreciate a true natural Australian setting. There are a number of island that allow camping on them, and then there are the island that remain exclusive to guests of the resort.
Some are free, some charge a small amount to get there and a small amount to camp, and with some you have to get a permit from Marine Parks. More information can be found on the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency web site.
For those caravanning, a good reference for the facilities in North Queensland is the Queensland Caravan Parks Association web site.