Cairns QLD, Australia

Cairns QLD, Australia

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 913 vacation rentals near Cairns. From 370 houses to 368 apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cairns for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

A tropical escape in Australia

For lovers of ocean exploration, Cairns probably needs no introduction. This gateway to the tropical north of Australian is known the world over for its sunny climate and fabulous scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef, one of Earth's most spectacular nature wonders. Booming with tourism, the city itself is decidedly cosmopolitan and when you stay in a Cairns vacation rental, you'll find tasty restaurants, theaters, historical attractions and museums. Interestingly, it is also the first area of the world to produce tropical fruit wines, offering a literal taste of the region.

An adventure playground

This northern part of Australian is a real adventure playground. Here, you can go hiking in the Daintree Rainforest, throw yourself out of a plane to feel the rush of skydiving, swim in crystal-clear lagoons or take guided tours to spot wildlife. However, most people come to Cairns for is the scuba diving. Whether you are coming to learn, or you already have your PADI certification, you can join one of the dozens of boats and head out to the Great Barrier Reef to find an underwater paradise of colorful coral and exotic marine life.

Museums, art and gardens in Cairns

When you're back on shore, consider visiting some of Cairn's cultural attractions. Just a short walk from Cairns vacation rentals, you'll find a wealth of things to do, from admiring local artwork at the Regional Gallery to discovering the area's fascinating history at the Cairns Museum. A wander through the bamboo forests and tropical vegetation at the City Botanic Gardens is beguiling, as are the rainforest boardwalks which cross the Centenary Lakes opposite. If you have any time left over, pack up a picnic and take the whole family down to Lake Placid.

Escape the cold Northern Hemisphere

You don't need to plan your adventure around the seasons, because Cairns welcomes visitors all year-round with its tropical climate. If you want to escape the cold Northern Hemisphere, it's always warm in Cairns. During the summer months, the monsoon rain can creep in, but the reef visibility is almost perfect. The rest of the year, the days are sunny and skies clear and bright. These idyllic conditions make hiking through the rainforest or soaking up the rays on the beach a pleasure. For that reason, the Cairns vacation rentals are open all year round.

One of the world's natural wonders

The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the world's natural wonders. Spanning a vast swathe of the South Pacific Ocean, the reef has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but unfortunately this hasn't stopped it from being threatened by climate change. As you dive down into the colorful underwater world, there are countless species of marine life to see, including 350 species of coral and thousands of species of sponge. If you're lucky, you may even spot one of the sharks, turtles or even a migrating whale. Expect to be overwhelmed.