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How To Spend Christmas In Cairns

Updated Wed 30 Nov 2022

Christmas trees are brightly displayed in the shopping centres, and the festive season is officially upon us! Now is the time to think about your holiday plans in Cairns! This is your guide to Christmas in Cairns, what to do and where to stay, and all the top tips to ensure you and your family enjoy the 2022 festive season. Christmas in Cairns is tropical, laid-back and stress-free. Get in touch with our local friendly guides to help organise your dream tropical Christmas vacation!

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Should I spend Christmas in the tropics?

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If you are looking for a relaxing, tropical Christmas with plenty of activities to keep you and your loved ones busy, Cairns is the Christmas destination for you! Enjoy this festive season on the reef! Visit one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef! There are so many ways to see the reef; a dive or snorkel tour is the most popular. You can also view the reef from a glass-bottom boat, extend your experience with an overnight tour or even view the reef from the skies on one of our scenic flights. There is so much to see, do and experience this Christmas in tropical north Queensland, so pack a bag and enjoy a sunny Christmas in Cairns.

What to do in Cairns on Christmas Day?

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Quintessential to an Aussie Christmas is to take your friends or family to a Christmas day lunch. We are all eager to dig into our favourite Christmas lunch dishes, whether that be turkey, ham, prawns or pavlova. One thing is for sure, you will be full of festive foods! Relieve yourself from the stress of cooking on Christmas day and check out Cairns’ many options for spending your Christmas lunch! Cairns has many options for where you can spend your Christmas lunch. Here is a list of some of the best places to have Christmas lunch in Cairns; book in advance to avoid disappointment!

What tours are available in Cairns during Christmas?

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Find and book the ultimate tours this Christmas in Cairns! Christmas is a busy time of year, especially in the tropics. Here we have listed a few unmissable tours in Cairns that could make Christmas 2022 the best Christmas yet! Cairns has a range of tours, from romantic sunset sails to exciting jetski tours or relaxing island getaways. However you’d like to spend Christmas, Cairns-Tours is sure to have a tour perfect for your festive holiday. All our tours are subject to availability, so book your tours now to avoid disappointment!

How to spend Christmas in Cairns?

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Where to stay during Christmas in Cairns?

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Cairns is a coastal town with many options for accommodation during your holiday; Airbnb's, hotels, motels and campsites. Or if you’re feeling like tropical royalty, spend Christmas on an island! With accommodation options on Green island and Fitzroy island, you can choose how you’d like to wake up in paradise! Cairns has over 300 accommodation options over Christmas, and the top picks for Christmas are Pullmans International, Novotel Cairns Oasis, Shangri-La Cairns Marina, Crystalbrook Flynn, The Benson Hotel and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns.To ensure your dream Christmas in Cairns, make sure you book your accommodation in advance to avoid missing out this silly season!

Blackout dates

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Some of our tours are unavailable on Christmas Day and New Year's day. Please check to see what tours are available to you. If you cannot get a tour on these days, there are tours available on other days throughout December. During the holidays, pick a few different tours and book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Speak with our lovely and knowledgeable travel agents, who can guide you on your way to a spectacular Christmas in Cairns.

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