With the Great Barrier Reef on one side and The Daintree Rainforest on the other, Cairns is sandwiched between two of Australia’s most famed World Heritage sites. Explore tropical lagoons, trek through ancient rainforests or island hop around the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is unforgettable.View our Cairns travel guide
Flights from Ayers Rock (Uluru) (AYQ) to Cairns (CNS)
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Visiting from Ayers Rock (Uluru) to Cairns
Ayres Rock to Cairns flight information
The approximate flight time for flights from Ayres Rock to Cairns is 10 hours and 5 minutes.
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 external site in a new 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 Ayers Rock
Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Ayers Rock, 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?
Ayers Rock Airport (Connellan. AYQ). Located 6km from Ayers Rock Resort and 16km from Uluru. Complimentary shuttle buses meet most flights and transfer you to your accommodation. There is no taxi service available in the area. Set in the Northern Territory, Ayers Rock Airport is one of the nation’s busiest regional airports, and the main travel hub for visitors wanting to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. There is one main terminal, which services commercial airlines, as well as private charter aircraft.
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