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Cairns by road

Coach travel is an exciting and enjoyable way to see the countryside, and major coach companies operate to and from Cairns from Australia's major cities. Major rental companies are represented at the airport, and there are many additional rental companies with offices in Cairns and larger towns. Reservations prior to arrival are recommended although not essential. In Australia, vehicles are right-hand drive and you travel on the left hand side of the road.
Taxis are available from all location over the Cairns region and can be booked over the phone or hailed in the street.Buses run regularly to all Cairns suburbs and beaches. You can obtain a timetable from your hotel.

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Cairns by air

Cairns has international, domestic and general aviation terminals, and is served by major international, national and state air carriers. International visitors can fly direct to Australia with Cairns as their point of entry, with flights from:Air New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Europe & the UK, and outbound to these destinations and to the United States of America.

Within Australia, Ansett, Qantas, Sunstate, Flight West Air Link and local charter companies provide regular flights from major southern cities and regional Queensland towns.


Cairns by sea

Cairns is well serviced with marinas for the boating enthusiast, and an increasing number of overseas cruise ships call at the port of Cairns regularly .


Cairns by rail

Two major trains operate between Brisbane and Cairns. 'The Sunlander' operates 3 times weekly and 'The Queenslander' operates once a week. The journey takes approximately 32 hours. You can travel in the luxury of first class or try the backpacker way of life.

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