With the Great Barrier Reef on one side and the Daintree on the other, tropical Cairns is a natural wonderland waiting to be explored. Whether it’s kicking back by the iconic lagoon or hopping through the islands, this tropical city has so much to offer.View our Cairns travel guide
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Visiting from Melbourne to Cairns
Melbourne to Cairns
The direct flight time from Melbourne to Cairns is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes.
How many direct flights go to Cairns from Melbourne on a daily basis?
On average, there is 1 flight per day from Melbourne to Cairns, and a total of 7 flights per week.
What day of the week has more flights from Melbourne to Cairns?
Each day has the same number of daily flights from Melbourne to Cairns.
When to visit
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 and the tropical outdoors.
What is the main airport called?
Cairns Airport (CNS)Opens in a new tab or window. It is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.
Arriving at Cairns Airport
Once greeted by the friendly staff at Cairns Airport, there are several different transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Cairns
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 take a 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.
Fly from Melbourne
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens in a new tab or window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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