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Flights from Melbourne (MEL) 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. We will do our best to get you where you want to be on time, but we don’t guarantee flight times or schedules and they aren’t part of our contract with you.

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Reasons to fly with Qantas

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Food and drinks on every flight

Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine

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Pack more into your trip with checked and carry-on baggage included in every fare.

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We've introduced further flexibility on eligible Qantas operated flights. Booking and travel dates apply.

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Visiting Cairns

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Melbourne to Cairns travel information

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

When to visit

Best time to visit Cairns

A laid-back city and gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns enjoys hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters. There are two very distinct seasons, a dry season and a wet season. And even during the wet season, life up there is all about enjoying the outdoors. 

Flight information

Melbourne to Cairns flight information

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 9 flights per week. 

What day of the week has more flights from Melbourne to Cairns?

Saturday and Sunday have the highest number of daily flights from Melbourne to Cairns. 

Departure information

Fly Melbourne to Cairns

We want your journey from Melbourne to Cairns to be as smooth as possible and the following information will ensure that happens. 

What is the main airport called?

Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic AirportOpens external site in a new window (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.

Baggage allowance

All passengers flying from Melbourne to Cairns are allocated checked baggage. If you need extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online before departure. 

Checking in

Passengers travelling from Melbourne to Cairns can check-in online up to 24 hours in advance or check-in at the terminal. 

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 from the terminal. 

Getting around Cairns

Cairns CBD is best done on foot. To get to surrounding areas it's best to hire a car. Alternatively, the local public transport, Sunbus, is a reliable service.

Why Qantas

The benefits of flying Qantas

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

Seamless check-in

With a number 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

Baggage is included on your flight from Melbourne to Cairns. Visit our baggage calculator to find out more.

Can I cancel my flight booking from Melbourne 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.