That depends where you are coming from. If you are flying from the UK then, yes, Cairns is very expensive to visit.
If you are flying from within Australia, then no, Cairns is actually not very expensive.
Price of accommodation in Cairns
Cairns accommodation is pretty cheap in comparison to most holiday destinations in Australia The average price of a room is just over $100 for the night. Visiting in quiet times (Outside of school holidays) will drop the prices to normally just under $100 per night.
I’m not talking about dodgy accommodation either, these prices are for Sheraton, Novotel, Pullman and all the other fancy brand names we all know.
Price of Food in Cairns
Cairns has a huge selection of restaurants which drives the prices down. With the odd exception, you can expect to pay less than $70 per head for a really nice dinner with wine.
There are o many specials and happy hours, which offer food cheaper then you can cook it.
Price of beer in Cairns
Follow the happy hours and you will be surprised how cheap it is. The most notable happy our is ‘The Pier Bar’, from 5-6 pm you get $5 pints of beer.
Price of Great Barrier Reef Tours
This is where the city earns it’s money. A tour from Cairns to The Great Barrier Reef on average, will set you back $180 per person which does not include optional extras like scuba diving.
Rental prices in Cairns
If you are planning to move here then you will be pleasantly surprised by the rental prices. A two-bedroom townhouse close to the city will set you back around $330 per week. If you head a little further north into ‘The beaches’, you can pick up a similar place in Yorkeys Knob for around $290 per week.
If you are looking for an entire house you should forget trying to look close to Cairns City. The houses available close to town are generally in some pretty rough areas, where you will probably get broken into. Instead, head north to the beaches.
A decent 3 bedroom house about 15 mins out of the city will set you back around $430 per week. For this, you will usually get a nice sized yard, a pool and be within a 5 min drive from a beach.
Price of fuel in Cairns
Fuel prices in Cairns are on par with the rest of the country Unleaded petrol normally hovers around $1.50per litre and diesel is around $1.60 a litre.
Price of a taxi in Cairns
Cairns has Uber, Ola and the rest of the rideshare apps. So don’t take a taxi. We all know that a taxi is far more expensive and doesn’t run off a GPS system like the rideshare apps, so the drivers take wrong turns all the time.
There is an abundance of Uber drivers in Cairns so when you order one, it will never be far away. There are quite a lot of taxis getting around Cairns, though I don’t know anyone who has been in one since Uber launched here a couple of years ago.