Cairns Motels

Travellers who do not have the luxury to splurge on accommodation can take comfort in the fact that Cairns has countless economical alternatives that can fit just about every budget. Motels in this city, for example, are cheap but great substitutes for five-star, high-class hotels. They’re not as expensive, but they’re certainly comfortable enough to give you a good night’s sleep and a quiet retreat after a busy day of exploring.

Most motels in Cairns are located in convenient spots in the heart of the city; some are a bit farther away to give guests a quiet, peaceful ambience away from the busy metropolis. But you don’t have to worry because they’re all easily accessible if you have a good car rental to back you up during your trip. Here are some quality motels that are conveniently located near the heart of Cairns:


High Chaparral Motel

If you’re after the comfort and convenience of being near the airport, The Esplanade, and other popular tourist destinations in Cairns, then High Chaparral Motel is an ideal base for you to start your travels within the city. It’s basically 10 minutes away from The Esplanade, where most waterfront dining destinations are, and you just have to walk a little farther to reach central Cairns. A good 10-minute drive will take you to Reef Hotel Casino’s Cairns Wildlife Dome, an all-weather wildlife park encased in a 20-metre high glass dome that lets you interact with different Aussie animals, making it a fun, immersive experience for you and your family.

The motel also has a tour desk to facilitate trips to the famous Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site and Australia’s pride, and to the Daintree Rainforest. High Chaparral is indeed a great starting point for exploring Cairns, albeit it’s not as high-end as you’d expect. But if you’re just after a place to stay at the end of the day without the frills and sky-high rates, then this motel is a decent, comfortable enough alternative.

Other facilities include free luggage storage, free wireless Internet service, a BBQ area, a guest swimming pool, laundry services, and kitchens in each room.

199 – 205 Sheridan St., Cairns, North QLD 4870
Phone: +61 07 4051 7155

Cairns Cannon Park Motel

For an accommodation that’s considered as an economical alternative to higher-end hotels, the Cairns Cannon Park is definitely a notch higher than what you’d expect in a budget motel. It looks like a chic and charming holiday house from the outside, with its blue roof and well-lit front garden; inside is a spacious area that can double as a playground for kids or an outdoor dining spot for BBQ meals. There’s also an in-house restaurant if you’re too lazy to dine in the nearby city centre and a small guest pool that’s great for quick afternoon dips.


The rooms are good enough for you to consider it your home for the holidays, with its classy wooden furniture, carpeted floor, private toilet with tub, and comfortable beds. Room facilities include cable/satellite TV, mini bar, dining area, rollaway beds for extra guests, cots, basic kitchen equipment like toaster, microwave, toaster, a bar fridge, and tea & coffee-making machines. You can take your pick between the standard and executive rooms; there’s also a wheelchair-friendly disability suite for those who require assistance.

574 Mulgrave Road, Cairns, QLD 4868
Phone: +61 07 4033 5555 / +61 04 5555 5626

Tropical Gardens Motel

Tropical Gardens isn’t your ordinary motel, as it is designed for both leisure and business travellers. More than providing accommodation for vacationers, this charming, typical Queensland-style holiday motel also houses function and conference rooms for corporate groups. If you’re looking for a great retreat house for a team building event or a business conference, then Tropical Gardens is one of the most ideal locations in Cairns to fit your purpose. The motel is equipped with extensive corporate facilities that are suitable for business meetings, training sessions, trade displays, and other company-related events. There’s free use of the data projector, whiteboard, and lectern, with spacious areas for other social activities and gatherings.


Tropical Gardens offer large group accommodation packages that you can tailor fit to your specific needs. It caters to groups of any size, whether you’re travelling with an entire sports team, your staff, or a social club. You’ll have full access to the motel facilities and amenities, plus enjoy special rates for their function and conference rooms. You also have the option to book the larger room with a dance floor and private bar for post-meeting social gatherings. The motel’s catering can also provide customized meals for those with special dietary requirements in your group.


For families or couples travelling together, you can choose from the available rooms — a budget-friendly motel suite, a self-contained studio apartment, or an apartment with one or two bedrooms. Standard amenities are included in the motel suite, while the studio apartment provides additional kitchen equipment and utensils. One- and two-bedroom apartments come with fully equipped kitchens and spacious living areas.


Adjacent to the Tropical Gardens is The Paddock Restaurant & Bar, a famous meat-house and craft bar offering gastronomic Aussie steaks served with fresh local produce and a selection of cocktail drinks, craft beer, and wine. You can choose to wine and dine in the restaurant or just order room service if you’re feeling lazy to go out.

314 Mulgrave Road, Cairns, QLD 4870
Phone: +61 07 4031 1777

More than the beautiful attractions in Cairns to make your holiday memorable, a large chunk of your time is also spent within the confines of your chosen accommodation. This is why it’s highly important for you to choose well, because you wouldn’t want to be stuck in an unclean, uncomfortable place with poor service for the entire time you’re staying in Cairns, or that’s definitely going to put a damper on your holiday.

On top of arranging your itinerary and finding a place to stay, you also have to place a high importance on your means of transportation while in the city. Car rental in Cairns is pretty affordable and much better than having to worry about making arrangements for transportation each time you want to go out and explore the city. With a vehicle at your disposal, you can go anywhere at your own time and pace, and be able to enjoy all the wonders that Cairns has to offer.


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