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Flights from Mackay (MKY) to Cairns (CNS)

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Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, or POLi. A fee applies for other payments. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines.

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Visiting from Mackay to Cairns

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Mackay 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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Mackay to Cairns flight information

The approximate flight time for flights from Mackay to Cairns is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

When to visit

Best time to visit Cairns

A laid-back tourist town and gateway to Far North Queensland, Cairns (pronounced ‘cans’) experiences hot summers, mild winters and two very distinct seasons – wet and dry. It’s warm all year round and even during the wet season, Cairns is all about boardshorts, bikinis and the tropical outdoors. 

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Once greeted by the friendly staff at Cairns AirportOpens external site in a new window, there are several different transport options available to get you on your way. 

Arriving at Cairns Airport

Once you collect your bags from the baggage area, there are various transport options available to get you to town. 

Getting into Cairns from Cairns Airport

The easiest way to reach the centre of Cairns is via taxi, rideshare, hire cars and buses which can be accessed at terminal. For a more affordable alternative, the cheapest way to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Cairns is to shuttle which costs $19 - $40 and takes 8 min for the 6km trip. 

Getting around Cairns

Walking is a great way to see the Cairns CBD and when you want to explore the surrounding areas, hiring a car or taking the local public transport is the best option. You may wish to join one of the many four wheel drive tours that can pick you up and drop you back off at your doorstep, taking you up to the beautiful rainforests or join a boat tour out to the reef.

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Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Mackay, there are a few things you should know so you’re prepared for your upcoming trip. 

What is the main airport called?

Mackay AirportOpens external site in a new window located in South Mackay, Queensland, Australia is a major Australian regional airport that services the city of Mackay, with flights to the cities of Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville, Hamilton Island and Cairns. Mackay Airport is centrally located, making it easy to get to and from the city centre. 

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Passengers flying from Mackay Airport with Qantas are allocated checked baggage. Additional luggage allowance can be purchased online before departure. 

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Passengers travelling from Mackay, ensure you check-in online or via the Qantas App before you arrive at the airport from 24 hours before departure.

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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.

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* 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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