Flights to Cairns, Australia

Your perfect Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef getaway

Return Economy flights to Cairns from London Heathrow start at £910*

Now is the time to plan your exploration of stunning Tropical Cairns and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. When you visit Cairns, you'll be at the gateway to the Tropical North - the perfect base for venturing out to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest. For adventure, nature and eco enthusiasts, there are so many ways to explore the Tropical North, and with these great Qantas deals, now is the perfect time to get away to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Book your flight to Cairns

Return Economy flights to Cairns from London Heathrow via Dubai and Sydney start from £910 for departures between 5 February and 17 March, and 28 March and 30 June 2016, Sunday to Thursday.* Offer ends 25 February 2016, unless sold out before, for bookings made at least 3 days before departure. Availability may be limited.

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Be tempted, entertained or simply relax in Qantas International Economy. Enjoy our inflight service including award-winning entertainment on demand and delicious meal choices.

Cabin Return from:* Departure dates Book by
Economy £910 5 February to 17 March 2016
28 March to 30 June 2016
25 February 2016

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Flight information

  • Flights operate via Dubai and Sydney.
  • Prices based on departures Sunday to Thursday. A surcharge of £20 per passenger per booking applies for Friday and Saturday departures.
  • To take advantage of this fare, bookings must be made at least 3 days before departure.
  • Fares may not be available on all flights.

Book Now, Pay Later

With Book Now, Pay Later, you can hold your seat with a £15 holding deposit per passenger and enjoy the freedom of paying the rest closer to your departure date. Conditions apply. Book Now, Pay Later may be not available for all special fare offers.┬▒

Premium Economy and Business fares

Treat yourself to that extra bit of luxury when you fly. Experience International Premium Economy or International Business.

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Plus, when you fly Qantas to Australia, you could save on your Australian domestic flights with the Qantas Walkabout Pass.

Flights from UK regional cities

In addition to our double daily flights from London Heathrow, you can fly on Qantas codeshare flights operated by Emirates from Birmingham, Glasgow, London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Manchester or Newcastle to Dubai, and connect to our Australian flights.

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± Book Now, Pay Later is available for bookings from the United Kingdom and availability depends on your departure date. Book Now, Pay Later is not available on round the world fares, fares booked with Classic Award, Any Seat Redemptions or Commercial Points plus Pay, itineraries including Jetstar flights, or where insurance and/or Carbon Offset is chosen. The length of time you have to pay will depend on the fare type and time until departure. Payment must be made in full on or before the due date advised at the time of booking. If you do not pay the fare in full on or before the due date, the booking will be cancelled and your holding deposit will not be refunded. If you choose to pay for your tickets via Qantas Telephone Sales or you cancel the booking, the holding deposit will not be refunded. While your booking is on hold, the total ticket price may change due to amendments in surcharges, taxes and fare adjustments.
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Experience Australia like a local and go walkabout.

If you book your Australian domestic flights at the same time as your Qantas international flights, you could save with the Qantas Walkabout Pass.

Take advantage of our extensive domestic flight network to discover more of Australia. With more than 20 destinations within Australia to choose from, experience the hustle of the largest cities to the remote outback.

Choose the multi-city option when making your booking to Australia to include the Qantas Walkabout Pass.#

# The Qantas Walkabout Pass must be booked and ticketed together with a Qantas return international fare to Australia and it has the same validity as your international ticket. Domestic flights booked as part of the Qantas Walkabout Pass are for travel in economy. Savings are based on a comparison with the year round fare. At times, there may be sale fares available which may be cheaper than the Qantas Walkabout Pass fare for that routing.
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  • Daily flights from London Heathrow via Sydney.
  • Take advantage of our unrivalled Australian network and choose from more than 50 destinations to explore.
  • Fly the award-winning Qantas A380, operating daily flights from London Heathrow to Sydney and Melbourne, and choose from four travel classes - First, International Business, International Premium Economy and International Economy.
  • Earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on every flight.+

+ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem points. Join online now. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

Uncover the secrets of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, a place of vast beauty and natural wonders and the only place on earth where two World Heritage areas meet.

Must do's in and around Cairns

Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
  • Fly to breakfast on the reef - imagine champagne and tropical fruit for two with only sand and sea around you. Make it real by indulging in the ultimate start to the day with a scenic helicopter or seaplane flight over the Great Barrier Reef for breakfast on a deserted sand cay or island.
  • Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation - steep, rainforest-clad mountains part for cane farms on the drive north from Port Douglas. Cross the mighty Daintree River on the car ferry then meander through lush World Heritage rainforest watching for cassowaries and stopping for a view of the Great Barrier Reef before reaching Cape Tribulation.
  • Take an iconic tour of the rainforest - marvel at the engineering genius of the Kuranda Scenic Rail line as you wind through the spectacular Barron Gorge in a 120 year old rail carriage. Shop in Kuranda for local handicrafts at the markets or follow an arts trail before descending above the rainforest canopy on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
  • Try a new way to see the reef - zoom underwater on a motorised scooter, keep your hair dry on a helmet dive or soar above the Great Barrier Reef on a parasailing adventure. The enormity of the reef is matched by its diversity of experiences with sail boats, fast catamarans, helicopters and seaplanes ready to take you there.
  • Discover Aboriginal history - explore a dramatic landscape of caves rich with Aboriginal paintings near Cooktown. Visit the Rainforest Serpent Cave and an ancestral birth site while listening to the stories of the people and their survival techniques.

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Important Information

* Fares: Prices based on payment at For bookings made through Qantas Telephone Sales a fee of £20 per person applies. Prices correct as at 12 January 2016 but may fluctuate if carrier charges, fees, taxes or currency change. Travel is permitted on Qantas and selected airline partners only. Additional airport taxes and fees may be required for stopovers and/or alternative routings. Prices for travel during other periods available on application. Offer period may be extended at Qantas' discretion. Offer subject to availability at the time of booking.
Maximum stay: Return travel from the last international stopover must commence no later than one month after initial departure.
Children and Infants: Discounts apply on international routes.
Rebooking: Date changes on international flights permitted at £200 per change within the ticket validity plus any difference in the fare, carrier charges, fees and taxes and are subject to a local service fee.
Rerouting: £200 per reroute plus any difference in the fare, carrier charges, fees and taxesand subject to a local service fee.
Cancellations: A cancellation fee of £300 applies.
Local service fees: Local service fees apply for any changes to both e-tickets and paper tickets.
Image credits:
Queensland images - Tourism Austalia and Tourism and Events Queensland
Sydney Harbour image - Kajo Merkert, Destination NSW
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