Your ship will dock at the Cairns Cruise Terminal. Clothing and souvenir shops, restaurants, supermarkets, and cafes are all within close walking distance from this point.
Taxis are widely available throughout the city.
Gourmet lovers will delight at the fabulous array of dining experiences, which ranges from fine restaurants and cafes to bistros, bars, pubs, and takeaway outlets. Follow your taste buds around the city centre and along The Esplanade, making sure to sample some local seafood and Queensland’s tropical and exotic fruits.
Please note that quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products, and sandwiches to be taken off the ship. However, commercially packaged confectionery, chips, and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
The compact downtown area offers almost all the shopping opportunities you need, including designer stores and boutiques at The Pier Marketplace and The Esplanade. You’ll also find Aussie beach wear, bush clothing, and contemporary arts and crafts in stores and galleries around the city. Looking for Indigenous art and objects? The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a great place to find magnificent paintings, jewellery, clothing, and artifacts.
The tropics are typically subject to a wide range of weather extremes. The dry season starts in May and stretches to October, and typically sees a drop in humidity and milder temperatures that rarely dip below 20 degrees. Summer marks the beginning of the wet season, when rain can fall in torrents and the humidity rises. Nonetheless, there are usually still long stretches of sunshine and cooling sea breezes during this time. The temperature in summer can sometimes exceed 29 degrees.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted, and ATMs can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available throughout the city, and mobile coverage is generally available.
What to Wear Ashore
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing, and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, an umbrella or waterproof jacket, and bottled water.
Our Shore Tours can help you make the most out of your time in Cairns. Tours can be booked before departure via Cruise Control
or onboard at the Shore Tours desk, and are subject to availability.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat, please avoid touching it in all circumstances. Please also note that as with most of Australia’s beaches, blue bottles can visit Cairns occasionally in the summer months, and exercise caution when swimming.
During your time ashore, we also ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.