Getting around the Cairns region is relatively easy.
Cairns International Airport operates regular flights from major cities around the world. Almost all visitors will have to enter the country via a major capital city, usually Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. About half of all visitors enter via Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith International Airport.
There are direct flights to Cairns from major Asian cities like Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as others places in the region like Guam, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
How long does it take to get to Australia?
- It takes about three hours to fly from New Zealand to Australia.
- It takes between 7 and 11 hours to fly from Asian countries to Australia.
- It takes about 15 hours to fly from the west coast of the United States of America to Australia.
- It takes about 18 hours to fly from South Africa to Australia.
- It takes between 13 and 16 hours to fly from South America to Australia.
- It takes more than 24 hours to fly from Europe to Australia.
*Based on direct flights only
How long does it take to get to cairns from another Australian city?
Cairns International Airport operates regular and numerous flights from the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth as well as Darwin, Adelaide, Hobart and Brisbane arriving in the Domestic terminal.
- It takes about 3 hours to fly from Sydney to Cairns.
- It takes about 2.5 hours to fly from Brisbane to Cairns.
- It takes about 3.5 hours to fly from Melbourne to Cairns.
- It takes about 8.5 hours to fly from Perth to Cairns with a stopover in Brisbane.
- It takes about 6.5 hours to fly from Adelaide to Cairns with a stopover in Melbourne.
- It takes about 2.5 hours to fly from Darwin to Cairns.
- It takes about 6.5 hours to fly from Hobart to Cairns with a stopover in Melbourne.
Visas & documentation
- All foreign nationals except New Zealanders need visas to enter Australia.
- Citizens of some countries can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which is a tourist or business visa valid for up to 3 month stays at one time, up to one year in duration.
- There are a number of other kinds of visas available including student visas, working visas, one year, under 25 years, working visas for citizens of the United Kingdom and other forms of residency.
- Australia does have a refugee program; however in recent years restrictions have been tightened and numbers of these granted have been reduced.
- For more information see the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship at www.immi.gov.au