Fast Facts


In case of emergency – Dial 000 to be connected to either the Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance.

There are a number of easily accessible Medical Centres around the Cairns City, the suburbs and within some of our larger Shopping Centres.

We also have a number of after hours services should you find you are in need of medical assistance outside of general business hours.

Cairns Base Hospital 

Emergency Department


165 The Esplanade, Cairns North

P: +61 7 4226 0000

W: Cairns Hospital | Queensland Health

Open 24 hours / 7 days a week

Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre

Healthcare services ‘around the clock’ to local and visiting patients with adjoining pharmacy

Corner Florence & Grafton Streets, Cairns City

P: +61 7 4052 1101

W: Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre

Open 24 Hours / 7 days a week / Bulk billing

Cairns Private Hospital

Ramsay Health Care


1 Upward St, Cairns City

P: +61 7 4052 5200


House Call Doctor

Home doctors are 100% bulk billed and arrive at your door less than 3 hours after you book.

P: 13 55 66

W: Book Your Home Doctor Appointment

Monday to Friday: 6.00pm to 8.00am, Saturday from 12.00pm, and 24 hours Sunday and public holidays.

Telehealth Doctor NQ

Telehealth Doctor NQ provides after hours video consultations at no cost to eligible North Queensland residents through a funding partnership with the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network


W: Telehealth Doctor NQ | Book an Online Doctor Today

Cairns Private Hospital After Hours GP Clinic

The After Hours GP Clinic is private billing.

1 Upward St, Cairns City

P:+61 7 4052 5303

W: After Hours GP Clinic (

Weekdays – 6pm to 10pm / Weekends – 1pm to 7pm / Public Holidays Open (contact for times)


General Retail Trading Hours:

Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Some outlets offer late night shopping on Thursdays till 9.00pm.

Sunday trading is from 10.30am to 4.00pm.

Please note: Some stores across Cairns may have differing hours of service.

IGA SUPA Piccones

3 – 9 Green St, Edmonton


Sugarworld Shopping Centre

7/11 Walker Rd, Edmonton


Mount Sheridan Plaza

106 Barnard Drive, Mount Sheridan

Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre

Mulgrave Rd, Earlville


DFO Cairns

274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt


IGA SUPA Piccone Pease Street

159 Pease Street, Manoora

Cairns Central

Cnr McLeod and Spence Sts, Cairns City


The Pier Cairns

1 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City


Raintrees Shopping Centre

Cnr Alfred & Koch Sts, Manunda

Redlynch Central Shopping Centre

20 Larsen Rd, Redlynch


Smithfield Shopping Centre

Capt Cook & Kennedy Hwy, Smithfield


Clifton Village Shopping Centre

55 Endeavour Road, Clifton Beach

Getting Around Cairns

Public Transport:


Cairns Taxis – 131 008

Uber – Download the app

Rideshare – 1300 ride share (1300 743 374)

SunbusCairns | Sunbus

Car/Scooter/Bicycle Hire:


There are a number of car hire companies at both the airport and around the city.

Scooter and bicycle hire is available from companies in the Cairns CBD area.

Road Condition Reports:


Queensland Governent – Road Condition Information – QLDTraffic


RACQ – Road Conditions – Road Closures – RACQ

Travel Times By Car from Cairns CBD

Heading North:


Palm Cove  –  27km  –  34 mins

Ellis Beach  –  27km  –  35 mins

Port Douglas  –  68km  –  1 hr 10 mins

Mossman  –  77km  –  1 hr 15 mins

Wonga Beach  –  94km  –  1 hr 26 mins

Daintree River Ferry –  106km  –  1 hrs 36 mins

Daintree Village  –  112km  –  1 hr 40 mins

Cape Tribulation (incl ferry) –  141km  –  2 hrs 45 mins

Cooktown  –  327km  –  4 hrs 15 mins

Heading to the Atherton Tablelands:


Kuranda  –  27km  –  30 mins

Mareeba  –  62km  –  1 hr

Yungaburra (via Gillies H’way)  –  68km  –  1 hr 15 mins

Yungaburra (via Kuranda)  –  105km  –  1 hr 35 mins

Malanda  –  77km  –  1 hr 15 mins

Atherton (via Gillies H’way)  –  80km  –  1 hr 15 mins

Atherton (via Kuranda)  –  93km  –  1 hr 30 mins

Herberton (via Kuranda)  –  113km  –  1 hr 42 mins

Chillagoe  –  205km  –  2 hrs 49 mins

Heading South:


Gordonvale  –  25km  –  28 mins

Babinda  –  58km  –  53 mins

Bramston Beach  –  82km  –  1 hr 13 mins

Innisfail  –  87km  –  1 hr 18 mins

Etty Bay  –  104km  –  1 hr 32 mins

Mena Creek (Paronella Park)  –  106km  –  1 hr 31 mins

Cowley Beach  –  117km  –  1 hr 38 mins

Kurrimine Beach  –  114km  –  1 hr 46 mins

Mission Beach  –  139km  –  1 hr 52 mins

Local Weather

Cairns is renowned for having only two seasons, the wet season and the dry season. We have hot and humid, wet summers and gloriously mild and dry winters.

March to May (Autumn)


Temps – 21.5 to 29C (68.9 to84.2F)

  • Still warm, day and night.
  • Wet season runs till April.
  • Cyclone season till April.

June to August (Winter)


Temps – 17.5 to 26C (63.5 to 78.8F)

  • Cooler temperatures.
  • Lower humidity.
  • Lower rainfall.

September to November (Spring)


Temps – 20.5 to 29C (68.9 to 84.2F)

  • End of the dry season.
  • Humidity starts to build.
  • Cyclone season from November.

December to February (Summer)


Temps – 23.6 to 31.4C (74.5 to 88.5F)

  • Beginning of wet season.
  • Cyclone season.
  • Very high humidity.

Tropical Cyclones

Tropical cyclones mostly form between November and April with warnings being issued within 24 hours if winds are expected to affect coastal or island areas.

Warnings are updated every 3 hours and then hourly if the cyclone poses a major threat.


The Cairns Regional Council’s website page on Natural Disasters states that it is important to be ready should a disaster occur.


The Cairns Regional Council encourages residents and visitors to follow their Plan, Pack, Listen approach described below:

Make an Emergency Plan


A cyclone, food or other disaster will hopefully never affect you. But it’s best to be prepared so you know what to do if an emergency happens.

Pack an Emergency Kit


If an emergency occurs, you need to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This list will help you prepare your household emergency kit.

Stay Informed


Listen to your radio, follow developments on social media and check this website for information before, during and after an emergency.

Be kept up to date using Cairns Regional Council’s Cairns Disaster Dashboard

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