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 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
Open 24 Hours / 7 days a week / Bulk billing
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
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
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
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.
Getting Around Cairns
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.
Travel Times By Car from Cairns CBD
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
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.