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Average flight time, business class to Cairns from London: 24 hours
Airlines with business class flights to Cairns from London: Singapore Airlines, China Southern, Japan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas
Airports in Cairns: Cairns Airport
Distance from London to Cairns: 9,400 miles
Connecting Business Class Flights to Cairns
There are no direct flights from London to Cairns. Connecting business class flights to Cairns from London with single stop arrive via Singapore (Singapore Airlines), Guangzhou (China Southern), Tokyo (Japan Airlines), Hong Kong (Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Cathay Pacific), and Perth (Qantas). Since most flights take over 24 hours, taking business class flights to Cairns is highly desirable as you’ll enjoy more space and wake up feeling refreshed when you land.
Getting to and from Cairns airport
Business class flights to Cairns from London land at Cairns Airport. On arrival, there are plenty of options for getting to the city centre. Airport Connect, a bus service operated by Sun Palm Transport is the only public transport to get from the Cairns Airport to the city. Buses leave every 15 minutes/30 minutes (depending on the time of the day). The journey takes around 10 minutes and costs AU$4 – $6.
Taxis charge flat fares depending on the time and destination in the city you’re travelling to, but expect to pay around AU$25-$30 for a ride to CBD. A much easier and often cheaper alternative is to use ride-sharing apps such as Uber.
If you wish more flexibility to travel in and around Cairns, you may want to hire a car. You’ll find car rental counters for Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty outside both domestic and international terminals.
Where to stay in Cairns
If you are searching for a room with a view, then there are not many places that can compete with Vision Cairns Esplanade. This luxury hotel is popular with people taking business class flights to Cairns and boasts exquisite vistas of the Coral Sea from many rooms and facilities. There is a variety of options to choose from, including self-contained sea and mountain view rooms, a penthouse suite and poolside apartments. The hotel features charming gardens, two swimming pools, a fully equipped gym, a spa, steam room and BBQ area. Vision Cairns Esplanade is ideally located, close to the marina, and surrounded by a range of restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries and boutiques.
The Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort is located around seven kilometres south of the city and is a winner of the prestigious Australian and Queensland Tourism Award. The resort is set in 28 acres of tropical gardens. Some of the facilities to enjoy here include the Mini Coconuts Playground, designed for the entertainment of younger guests, as well as the Play Hub, the Splash Waterpark, and the huge jumping pillows. While the kids are sorted, parents can enjoy the garden pool where water aerobics and other classes are held, otherwise, enjoy the bar or the family movies on the outdoor screen. A supermarket, launderette, gym and Wi-Fi are just a few of the other amenities at the Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort.
Things to do in Cairns
Take business class flights to Cairns and find a city that borders two World Heritage sites: the Great Barrier Reef and 135-million-year-old tropical forests, Daintree and Cape Tribulation. The city, with more than 150,000 inhabitants, consists of parks and museums, as well as restaurants and cafes on the beach, although it is the constant flow of travellers that provides a lively nightlife.
Cairns appears, surprisingly solid, negotiating the transitional world between land and sea, wilderness rainforest and cosmopolitan urbanity, with a comfortable and generous grace. An overgrown country town, the city’s wide lazy streets criss-cross eclectic architecture dozing in the tropical heat haze. Everywhere, exuberant vegetation thrust enthusiastically, aglow with a freshly washed vitality never seen in the drier, dustier southern regions. Here are some must-have experiences that deserve a place in your Cairns travel bucket-list:
Boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef
A visit to Cairns is incomplete without exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Famous as the world’s most extensive coral reef system, it consists of almost 3,000 separate reefs spread out over 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 square miles), and is actually visible from space! You can jump onto any one of the numerous boats that take you out to sea, allowing you to dive and snorkel in and out of the wondrous reefs.
Experience Aboriginal culture
The Aborigines are Australia’s indigenous ethnic group who have lived here for over 40,000 years. There’s no better place to explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture than at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. It’s a short fifteen-minute drive away from the city. In addition to exhibitions and workshops, the cultural park also puts on live performances of storytelling, dance, and music. If you fancy delving deep into Aboriginal culture and history, head north to the Mossman Gorge Centre.
Ride the scenic railway and cable car in Kuranda
Kuranda is a charming little village inundated with natural charms in the midst of a stunning tropical forest. Not only is it abound in beautiful landscapes, but it is renowned for its artistic community. The main street is lined with fig trees, and it’s not surprising to see parrots and butterflies flittering from tree to flower along the way. The village boasts several art galleries, markets, and stores.
The Skyrail Rainforest Cable car takes you on a magical ride over the rainforest for an hour and a half. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is the ideal experience when you’re ready to return to Cairns. Over two hours, you can journey through some of the most beautiful scenery on a railway, which has been making this route for over a hundred years.
Explore Daintree Rainforest
Said to be the oldest rainforest in the world dating back to 135 million years ago, Daintree Rainforest is a World Heritage Site situated around two hours north of the city centre. To enrich your experience, stay in one of the eco-lodges in the rainforest or stay with Daintree Village along the river.
The best way to take in all the outstanding beauty is through the aerial walkways or along the numerous trails marked out for hikers. An authentic experience of Daintree Rainforest wouldn’t be complete without a cruise down the river. From the safety of the boat, you can look out for crocodiles that swim freely here, along with freshwater turtles.
When you need to relax after hours of trekking through the wondrous rainforest, Daintree boasts numerous idyllic beaches with soft sands perfect for lying on and surrounded by crystal clear waters. Most of them can be found near Cape Tribulation where the rainforest encounters the ocean. In fact, this is the sole place where two World Heritage Sites comes together. The most popular beach is Coconut Beach, but Donovan’s Beach and Noah’s Beach are just as pretty.
Market-hopping in Cairns
The Esplanade Market held on Saturdays is an excellent way to absorb the vibe of Cairns. Here you can purchase a wide range of goods from clothing and jewellery to sweet treats and handmade beauty products.
For night markets, there’s no better place to head to than the night market at Palm Cove. Rusty’s is the market to visit when you fancy purchasing the best fresh foods. It’s all available here – from pineapples to nuts. The Holloways Beach Markets are held on the beach front amongst the shady trees and offer a relaxed experience.
Bucket list Cairns and Experiences
In a recent SkyClub survey, we asked over 1,000 of our clients “what’s number one on your bucket list?”
35% of our customers wanted a specific type of experience. So if you are of a more daring persuasion, here’s some once in a lifetime bucket list experiences in Cairns:
- Spectacular – enjoy the Tjapukai By Night cultural tour where Tjapukai people perform traditional dance, play folk music and share dream-time legends
- Sea and Sailing – Take a sailing trip to the Fitzroy Island
- Sky – embark on a skydiving adventure to have a bird’s eye view of Cairns and feel the adrenaline rushing through your blood
- Scuba – with Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep, take a snorkelling or scuba diving trip and explore the magnificent underwater world teeming with corals and colourful fish
- Summits – just a 20-minute drive from central Cairns you will reach Barron Gorge National Park, where you can hike and explore cascading waterfalls and dense rain-forests
British citizens need an eVisitor visa from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection or an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before you travel. Your passport should be valid for at least six months and must have at least one blank page.
As Cairns has tropical weather, the wet season from November to March is usually hot and sticky with monsoon rains and occasional typhoons. In contrast, the dry months from April till October has comfortable temperatures with clear skies. This makes this the most preferred time to visit Cairns.
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