Flights from Sydney to Cairns (SYD to CNS)

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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Although Cairns is located on the coast, swimming in the ocean is often unsafe due to jellyfish and crocodiles. However, the locals of Cairns came up with a creative way for travellers to beat the heat when you book flights Sydney to Cairns. The Lagoon is a man-made beach on the Cairns Esplanade. It’s complete with a sandy beach, swimmable water, and gorgeous views of the ocean. The Lagoon is located near many of the CBD’s top restaurants and is a favourite among families who book Sydney to Cairns flights.


Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

In order to teach your family more about the Aboriginal culture of North Queensland, pay a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park after your flights Sydney to Cairns. Tjapukai shares the history and culture of the Djabugay Aboriginal people. When your family has tickets to Cairns from Sydney, you can experience and take part in different aspects of Djabugay culture. This includes traditional dances, fire-making ceremonies, jewellery making, and trying authentic Djabugay food.


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

For an aerial view of the rainforest, take the family for an unforgettable ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. When you book cheap flights Sydney to Cairns, ride the Skyrail for a unique perspective over the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest. In addition to seeing views of the rainforest, visitors with Sydney to Cairns return flights can learn more about the area’s history from a local ranger and enjoy hands-on activities at the Rainforest Discovery Zone. A round-trip journey on the Skyrail takes about two and a half hours.


Kuranda Scenic Railway

If you’re looking for a spectacular view of the rainforest without the dizzying heights, plan to ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway when you have cheap flights to Cairns from Sydney. The railway was originally built in 1882 to connect Cairns with the town of Kuranda. This attraction winds its way through the rainforests of the Cairns region, offering breathtaking outlooks of the forests and waterfalls. When you ride the railway following your Sydney to Cairns flights, the trip is accompanied by commentary with facts about the rainforest and Dreamtime stories about the area.


Green Island

Green Island is a small island off the coast of Cairns and makes for a great day trip when you have Sydney to Cairns flights. One of the main attractions on Green Island is snorkelling among coral, colourful fish and sea turtles. When you have flights Sydney to Cairns, you can also visit Green Island for Marineland Melanesia. This attraction is the world’s only coral cay with crocodiles swimming in it. View the crocodiles, including Cassius who has called Marineland Melanesia home for the past 30 years and is the world’s largest crocodile in captivity.



The Cost of Visiting with Flights Sydney to Cairns

When you book Sydney to Cairns flights through Webjet, you can also use Webjet to book your hotel. While there are some high-end hotel options available, the average price of a hotel in the city centre is about $150 AUD per night. If you are looking to explore the Cairns area outside the CBD, you’ll also want a rental car. When you book through Webjet, you can hire a rental car from Cairns Airport (CNS) starting at about $30 AUD per day.

While exploring Cairns, there are some great dining and drinking options to enjoy around the city. A meal at a casual restaurant costs about $18 AUD, and a beer from a bar on the Esplanade is about $7 AUD.
The major attraction to enjoy when you book cheap flights to Cairns from Sydney is an outing on the Great Barrier Reef. Tour prices can vary depending on which part of the reef you visit, how long the tour is, and if you’ll be snorkelling or diving. For an eight-hour snorkelling tour, plan to budget about $250 AUD per person.



How Much Time to Spend in Cairns

If you are looking for a short holiday, you could easily book flights Sydney to Cairns for a long weekend. Spend a day exploring the city, another on the Great Barrier Reef, and then a day trip north of the city to the Daintree Rainforest and Port Douglas. However, if you have the time, plan your cheap flights Sydney to Cairns for about a week. This will allow you to see everything that the Cairns area has to offer without feeling rushed.


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