Where to stay around Great Barrier Reef?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,293 holiday lettings near Great Barrier Reef. From 984 Studios to 950 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Great Barrier Reef is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Great Barrier Reef?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Great Barrier Reef. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cairns: 536 holiday homes
  • Port Douglas: 580 holiday homes
  • Cairns North: 284 holiday homes
  • Palm Cove: 627 holiday homes
  • Whitsundays: 393 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Great Barrier Reef! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Great Barrier Reef?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Great Barrier Reef with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Cairns: 536 holiday lettings
  • Port Douglas: 580 holiday lettings
  • Airlie Beach: 134 holiday lettings
  • Palm Cove: 627 holiday lettings
  • Cairns: 284 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Great Barrier Reef?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Great Barrier Reef are:

  • Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP): 133 self catering accommodations
  • Sandringham, QLD (SRM): 47 self catering accommodations
  • Port Douglas, QLD (PTI-Port Douglas Heliport): 600 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Great Barrier Reef?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Great Barrier Reef. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • 1770 Marina: 130 holiday rentals
  • Cairns Esplanade: 596 holiday rentals
  • Palm Cove Beach: 605 holiday rentals
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre: 593 holiday rentals
  • Four Mile Beach Park: 586 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Great Barrier Reef listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Make a holiday villa in Cairns, Australia your home away from home

Cairns is a coastal city in Far North Queensland – it’s one of the top travel destinations in the region, and is regarded as a key gateway to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Staying at Cairns self-catering holiday villas you’ll be in a fantastic landscape of rainforest and mountains, with a wealth of water-based activities on offer close by.

Things to do in Cairns, Australia

Cairns holiday accommodation is found in and near a truly world-class adventure sport destination. Both on land and in the water there’s so much for intrepid souls to enjoy here. On foot you could explore the rainforest and upland scenery via some 200 different walking routes. Here you’ll be in an area of immense natural diversity – Lamb Range and Mount Lewis are highly recommended should you want to discover the celebrated wildlife around Cairns. Thrill sports like white water rafting are popular – in fact Cairns is one of the world’s few year-round locations for this sport. For something more relaxed there’s the lagoon, which is really a huge public swimming pool favoured by swimmers and sunbathers in the summer months.

Many visitors to Cairns holiday villas head here for the diving. You can choose between day trips and longer “liveaboard” experiences. There’s a wealth of companies in the area offering both experiences. Many people take the day-trip option as these vessels are able to reach less frequented parts of the reef, where the ecosystem is unaffected by tourism. There are other means of appreciating the beauty of the landscape around Cairns – among the more unusual are ballooning and hang-gliding, while genuine thrill seekers could even try their hands at sky-diving.

Places to visit on holiday in Cairns, Australia

During your holiday at self-catering accommodation in Cairns you could make for some of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Accessible via ferry Green Island is no more than 6,000 years old and is home to 120 species of plant and more than 50 species of bird. The wildlife here can be admired via boardwalks, glass-bottom boats and even an underwater observatory.

Weather in Cairns, Australia

Given its tropical location, Cairns holiday accommodation is set in a region with warm conditions throughout the year. The wet season runs from around November to May, while the period from June to October is generally drier.

Cheap flights to Cairns, Australia

Holiday villas in Cairns are best reached from the UK by flying with British Airways, Qantas, Virgin or Cathay Pacific from London Heathrow (LHR) to Hong Kong (HKG), before connecting to Cairns Airport (CNS) with Cathay Pacific. Alternatively you could make for Sydney (SYD) and transfer to Cairns with Alliance, Jetstar or Virgin.