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Hilton Cairns

34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia TEL: +61-7-4050-2000 FAX: +61-7-4050-2001

Weekend Guide

Plan the perfect weekend at the Hilton Cairns hotel, the ideal base to access the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef as well as conveniently located near shopping, gourmet restaurants and local markets in Cairns.



  • Hilton Cairns is approximately 10 minutes from the Cairns International and Domestic Airport. A taxi ride will cost about $25. Hilton Cairns is situated on the Esplanade. After you check-in, visit Café Sunrise for a delicious buffet breakfast to kick-start your day.
  • Treat yourself to the amazing aerial views of Far North Queensland with a GBR Helicopter experience. Choose from a range of reef, rainforest, outback and city scenic flights departing from Cairns, a short walk from the hotel.


  • Located right on the waterfront at Hilton Cairns, the award-winning Mondo Cafe Bar and Grill is the ideal venue for a lunchtime escape or a long and leisurely weekend meal. Relax beneath the shade of the giant Poinciana tree and indulge in Mondo's extensive menu offering flavours from around the world and signature dishes such as the Hanging Mondo Barbecue and Sizzling Fajitas.  
  • After lunch, head to the Cairns Botanic Gardens.  Explore the tropical paradise and enjoy the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture. The gardens are open every day of the year and entry is free.


  • Experience a Cairns Sunset Cruise. Depart the Cairns Marina for a relaxing sunset cruise through the Trinity Inlet while you take in the beautiful view of the waterways, mangroves and the mountains in the magical evening sun.
  • After the cruise, head back to the hotel to enjoy traditional Italian cuisine at Donnini's Simply Italian - located in the lobby of the hotel. The Donnini family have enriched Cairns with a sincere approach to traditional Italian cuisine, brought to life by using fresh local produce from the Cairns region. Donnini’s menu offers traditional handmade pastas, classic pizzas and a range of homemade breads, salads and desserts.
  • If you’re feeling like a night out, we suggest you head to Bá8 Lounge Bar for a beverage or two. This cosmopolitan bar is the place to be in Cairns and is the ideal place to relax after a busy day.



  • Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and enjoy a leisurely walk along the Cairns Esplanade where many restaurants are open for all day breakfast, all within 10 minutes walk from the hotel.
  • After breakfast, take a short 3 minute stroll from the hotel to the Reef Fleet Terminal to board the Great Adventures Green Island and Outer Reef Cruise. Board the comfortable and spacious catamaran, and get comfy whilst enjoying a hot cup of tea or coffee. Spend 2 hours at the beautiful Green Island where you can take a self-guided Eco Island walk, visit Marineland Melanesia, take a scenic helicopter ride, snorkel and enjoy a glass bottom boat tour. Afterwards, you will head out to the stunning outer Great Barrier Reef to the stable pontoon. Here you will have 3 full hours to explore the underwater marine life - snorkel, scuba dive or try the brand new Scuba-Doo underwater scooter and take part in a semi-submersible tour. Enjoy a delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, including salads, meats and seafood.


  • Upon returning, enjoy a cold beverage and watch the world go by at ‘Salt House’ at the Marina. Situated at Marina Point, next to the new Cairns Yacht Club facilities, Salt House is a unique dining, bar and entertainment venue offering a panorama of the ocean, marina and city on the waterfront in Cairns.
  • Each night when the sun sets, Cairns Night Markets come alive. Featuring over seventy retail outlets and home to a myriad of food options, Cairns Night Markets are the perfect place to grab dinner and hunt for a bargain. The hustle and bustle of the market in the open air setting makes for an electrifying shopping experience. The markets are located only a short 5 minute walk from the hotel, along the Esplanade.