Sunrise at East Woody beach, Gove, Australia

Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Gove (GOV)

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Visiting from Cairns to Gove (Nhulunbuy)

gove water and rocks at sunrise

Gove is located on the Gove Peninsula in North East Arnhem land in the Northern Territory. Arnhem Land is nearly 100,000 sq km of Aboriginal owned land and one of Australia's last strongholds of traditional Aboriginal culture. The town of Nhulunbuy was built to house the miners and plant workers, though many of the locals still live a mainly traditional life. The Garma Festival, which celebrates the local Yolngu culture, is held each August that attracts many people to enjoy and learn from music, dance, art, craft and sport. Gove Harbour is also a popular stop off point for yachts sailing the north coast of Australia and the waters around provide excellent sailing conditions.

Flight information

Fly Cairns to Gove (CNS to GOV)

The approximate flight time for a flight from Cairns to Gove is 1 hour and 50 minutes.

When to visit

The tropical dry season (May-October) is 'winter' and temperatures hover around 28°C with superb tropical nights warm enough to dine out under the stars. There is little rain, clear blue skies during the day and cool ocean breezes, making it the best time to visit. Rainfall is usually high during the tropical summer season (November-April) and daytime temperatures are around 30-33°C with sea breezes. During the wet season some roads and tracks may close.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Gove Airport (GOV) is located 13 km from the town centre of Nhulunbuy. Flights are operated by Qantas and AirNorth.

Arriving in Gove

The friendly staff at Gove Airport will greet you when you land and from there, getting into town is easy.

Getting into Nhulunbuy from Gove Airport

For the short trip to town, there is an airport bus or taxi service available from the airport to town. It's also possible to hire a car or a 4-wheel drive to get around during your stay.

Getting around Gove

The main ways to get around Gove is to hire a 4-wheel drive, car or bicycles are available in town. There is a taxi service that services the town, for a convenient way to get around.

Departure information

Fly from Cairns

Fly from Cairns. Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Cairns, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.

What is the main airport called? 

Cairns Airport.Opens in a new tab or window Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns Airport (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.

Baggage allowance

 Passengers on Qantas flights from Cairns are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.      

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Disclaimer: +Meals, beverages, entertainment and offerings vary between flights and cabins. Alcohol offered during select flight times on select flights.