Cairns QLD, Australia
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

Cairns 24 Hour Medical Centre

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

Cairns Private Hospital

Ramsay Health Care

House Call Doctor

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

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

Cairns Private Hospital After Hours GP Clinic

The After Hours GP Clinic is private billing.

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
Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre
Cairns Central
Redlynch Central Shopping Centre
Sugarworld Shopping Centre
DFO Cairns
The Pier Cairns
Smithfield Shopping Centre
Mount Sheridan Plaza
IGA SUPA Piccone Pease Street
Raintrees Shopping Centre
Clifton Village Shopping Centre
Public Transport:
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.

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

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 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