Cairns Basic Information

November to June in tropical north Queensland is also known as stinger or box jellyfish season, where these translucent marine animals can pack a lethal sting with their dangling tentacles. If you’re headed to the Great Barrier Reef, beaches or islands during these months, be sure to wear a stinger suit and swim within the patrolled areas to avoid a nasty souvenir! For more insider info, here’s our tips about Cairns.

Visa Requirements

Australian residents can explore cairns and Australia as a whole, with no limitations! For most international travellers, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits three months travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Australian embassy or consulate.


The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or a travel money card for safe spending while you are in Cairns. A Multi-currency Cash Passport™  is ideal for international travellers as the card can hold a range of currencies, including Australian Dollars, and can be used like credit cards.


From foodie trails to international cuisines, Cairns is a gourmet delight. The fertile country of Tropical North Queensland means bountiful harvests of coffee, dairy produce, tropical fruit and nut plantations, sugar farms and distilleries right on your doorstep or a scenic drive away. Around the Esplanade in Cairns, dining is truly cosmopolitan where visitors can nosh on everything from Japanese to Italian, fresh seafood to steaks and even bush tucker options at restaurants with milk bars, juice bars and cafes scattered around other areas of the city.


As you’d expect from a resort town and holiday destination that attracts both local and international travellers, the after-hours scene in Cairns is similarly eclectic. The beautiful people flock to the sleek Salt House venue, which houses the yacht-styled Sailing Bar and Balinese-like Deck Bar, and The Attic, a sophisticated vintage-style lounge bar. The Sunday Session at the Pier Bar & Grill on the waterfront goes off while the party-hearty crowd at Gilligan’s, Cairn’s biggest backpacker resort, is similarly boisterous. The Pullman Reef Hotel Casino has four bars and Society has three areas for tunes and cocktails.