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Flights from Darwin (DRW) to Cairns (CNS)

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Visiting Cairns

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Darwin to Cairns travel information

If your next escape is all about golden sun, resort living and unforgettable tours, this buzzing tropical paradise is for you. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest and everything in between, laidback Cairns is in the heart of a region everyone should tick off the bucket list.

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When to visit

Best time to visit Cairns

Cairns has two very distinct seasons, a dry season and a wet season. The dry season which starts in April and ends around November is warm and humid. The wet season brings tropical monsoons and sometimes cyclones. While you can swim nearly all year round, swimming is not recommended during stinger season (November to May), so avoid swimming in the ocean around Cairns.

Flight information

Darwin to Cairns flight information

The approximate flight time for flights from Darwin to Cairns is 2 hours 25 minutes.

Departure information

Fly Darwin to Cairns

Get ready for your upcoming trip from Darwin to Cairns using the following information. 

What is the main airport called?

Darwin Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 13km from the city centre on Henry Wrigley Drive, Marrara, Darwin International Airport (DRW) is the busiest and largest airport in the Northern Territory. Both domestic (QF400 and above) and international (QF1-QF399) services operate from the same airport.

Baggage allowance

Passengers on Qantas flights from Darwin to Cairns are entitled checked baggage. If you need extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online before departure.

Checking in

Passengers travelling from Darwin to Cairns can check-in online up to 24 hours before departure. Alternatively, you can check in at the airport by visiting a kiosk.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Cairns Airport. Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns AirportOpens external site in a new window (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport (Qantas flights QF1-QF399) and Terminal 2 - domestic airport (Qantas flights QF400 and above). 

Arriving in Cairns

The friendly staff at Cairns Airport will be waiting to greet you when you land. Once you collect your baggage from the arrivals area, there are a number of different transport options available to get you on your way.

Getting into Cairns from Cairns Airport

Airport Connect is a public transport link that gets you to the Cairns city centre or the northern Beaches. Taxis, hire cars, transfers or the Sun Palm Bus are available to book at the airport.

Getting around Cairns

Walking is a great way to explore Cairns CBD and to explore the surrounding areas, hiring a car or taking the local public transport are good options. Alternatively you may wish to join one of the many tours available.

Why Qantas

The benefits of flying Qantas

We work hard to ensure you enjoy every moment of your journey, from Darwin to Cairns, so you arrive feeling refreshed and ready to discover the city. 

Seamless check-in

Look through our range of check-in options designed to suit your needs - it’s easy to get your trip to Cairns off to the right start. 

Included baggage

All Qantas flights include baggage, so you can always pack what you need. Use the baggage calculator to find out what is included with your Darwin to Cairns fare. 

Can I cancel my flight booking from Darwin to Cairns due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.

If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

Important information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

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~ This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 28 February 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 28 February 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.