Don't worry, Cairns is the third most visited destination in Australia. Millions of visitors have been here before you, and we are well used to their need to 'get around'. Cairns itself is well serviced within the area by all forms of public transport, and there are a multitude of shuttlebus and tour companies, all ready to take you where you need to go. Of course, you can also take things into your own hands and rent a car! Hey, if you book your rental car through Cairns Unlimited, we'll even arrange to have you picked up from the airport or station when you get here!
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GETTING AROUND TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
For the freedom and flexibility to explore the diverse beauty of Tropical North Queensland at your own pace during your vacation, we suggest renting your own vehicle. Please visit our CAIRNS CAR HIRE page, where you can fill out an obligation free enquiry form. We will get back to you - usually the next working day - with the best deal on a vehicle to suit your needs. We've included some useful maps on our MAPS AND INFORMATION page. And if you're coming from overseas, don't forget to check out our important information about DRIVING IN AUSTRALIA.
Phone (07) 4051 7456
Mobile 0458 211 648
The only NON-STOP Cairns to Port Douglas!
Non-stop transfers to Port Douglas (1-1.25 hours). Driver will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready or pickup from your accommodation in Cairns CBD areas. Child seating provided at no extra cost. Private Charter to any destination. For more pricing details, please visit website: www.krystaltransport.com.au
The Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville (MAP)
Phone (07) 4771 3855 / Fax (07) 4771 3955
An award winning ferry service since 1997, Sunferries provides the quickest link between Townsville and Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes with up to 19 return services per day aboard high speed fast cats. Ferries depart from the Breakwater Ferry Terminal Townsville and the Nelly Bay Terminal Magnetic Island. Please check Sunferries website for schedule timetable.
Sunferries also offer a range of tour, accommodation and travel packages to suit every budget through their retail travel agency, Sunferries Travel. For further information call Sunferries Travel on (07) 4726 0800 or visit www.sunferries.com.au
Phone (07) 4053 6848 / Fax (07) 4053 6818
Tollfree 1800 793 848
The Outback rail experience!
The Savannahlander is a unique way to see Australia's outback. Once a week the classic 1960's rail motors head out from Cairns on their 4 day, 850km return trip to Forsayth. For much of the journey the Savannahlander has the railway line to itself and this allows passengers to experience a type of train travel that most won't have come across before. Want the driver to stop so you can take a photo? Just ask! The Savannahlander stops overnight in three different outback towns, Almaden (Chillagoe), Mount Surprise and Forsayth, each offering the traveller something different. Where to stay overnight? There are many options from the inexpensive to the not-so inexpensive. There are side trips to be done too. You can take a tour of the famous Chillagoe caves, take a tube tour at Undara or see the spectacular Cobbold Gorge.
Phone (07) 4745 5177 / Fax (07) 4745 5211
Freecall 1800 455 445
Servicing North QLD and the Northern Territory!
Savannah Aviation offers charter flights to many destinations in the Outback and around North Queensland.
* Alice Springs * Tenant Creek * Burketown * Mornington Island * Doomadgee * Lawn Hill * Century Zinc Mine * Mt Isa * Camooweal * Normanton * Karumba * Katherine * Townsville * Cairns * Borroloola * Robinson River * Merlin Mine * Argyle Mine * Katherine * Darwin *
Savannah Aviation are also available for scenic flights over many of the magnificent sights of our Northern Outback and Gulf region.
Qantas connects Cairns with a number of Tropical North Queensland destinations, such as Townsville, Mackay and Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. The company runs at least one flight per day from Mackay and Townsville and a daily flight from Hamilton Island.
Greyhound buses ply the popular Brisbane to Cairns route up to five times a day, stopping at most points along the way. Greyhound also connects the east coast with the Northern Outback, travelling daily from Townsville via Charters Towers, Cloncurry and Mount Isa, to Tenant Creek in the Northern Territory. A Greyhound 'bus pass' will give you the flexibilty to stop off at interesting destinations along the way.
The innovative and comfortable 'Tilt Train' sweeps up the east coast from Brisbane twice a week, leaving Brisbane Mondays and Fridays at 6:25pm.
After more than 24 hours journey, the train gets into Cairns at 7:20pm Tuesdays and Saturdays
The classic 'Sunlander' plies the route three times a week. If you want to try the exclusive luxury experience in the 'Queenslander Class', note that Queenslander Class is only available on Sundays and Thursdays northbound, and Tuesdays and Saturdays southbound.
The local taxi company is Black and White taxis. Taxi fares in Queensland are regulated by the government, and a trip from the airport to the city should be no more than $15. But hey, book your Cairns holiday accommodation or Cairns rental car through Cairns Unlimited, and that's fifteen bucks we could save you! While you're in town, phone 131 008 to book a taxi.
Sunbus is the local bus company servicing Cairns city, suburbs and northern beaches. They run a dozen or so different routes around the city and operate a 'Hail and Ride' system. You can find a Sunbus route map and timetables of their services on their website.