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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.

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                                                                                                      We had a fabulous stay at Mango Lagoon. Stayed with family including 4 year old and infant. The

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                                                                                                      We had a fabulous stay at Mango Lagoon. Stayed with family including 4 year old and infant. The hotel is located 2 short blocks on quiet side streets from the beach front esplanade. In this area of Australia there is a chance a croc may be passing by the beach so we were glad we stayed at this resort which has 4 different beautiful pools to suite your taste (laps, shallow for kids or infants to sit etc). Many rooms have a ground floor patio with your one gate right on the the pool which is really nice. Ample free parking. Staff are fantastic. So quiet, fantastic apartment, very comfortable beds. We all had such a great time. Highly recommend. Reason for 4 stars for cleaning is there was a water bottle under the bed and some dust under the couch but that's it.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                      Very easy check in, great location and as described. Thanks for the great stay!

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                                                                                                      Very easy check in, great location and as described. Thanks for the great stay!
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                                                                                                      Kurt was very prompt to reply to my request to book his apartment. He emailed with instructions to

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                                                                                                      Kurt was very prompt to reply to my request to book his apartment. He emailed with instructions to arrive at his place and met us once we arrived to show us around the apartment. The location is perfect as you can walk to almost everything in town. The place is very secure both for parking a car and for gaining entry to the apartment complex. Our apartment was clean, spacious and well stocked. We had a great view of the courtyard and it was very quiet. A great place to stay. We will stay here again when we come back.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2016