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Cairns Harbour Lights

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I liked staying here. Spacious. Parking little complicated. Building is a big strange as there are two distinct functions, a condominium and a hotel. I find that less desirable views and room locations are slated for the hotel, which makes sense in a way, but you are not getting the best this building has to offer. It's really convenient for trips to Great Barrier Reef as the departure point is literally right in front of the hotel. Easy few minute walk to downtown, lagoon and all the nightlife and restaurants.

Location is spot on. Right by the docking area for ferry rides. Walking distance to restaurants and shops. Staff available all day. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with high windows a plus.

I stayed here after a 4 day liveaboard diving trip so I was dead tired. It's close to the esplanade so you can walk to most of the restaurants in 10 min or less. The room was average but reasonably priced.

The Harbor Lights hotel is the perfect place to stay in Cairns. It is close to all attractions and right on the harbor so you can walk to the reef ferrys. The hotel room was an apartment with the ability to cook and do laundry which is a big plus as food is very expensive in Australia. The view of the harbor was fantastic and the service always prompt and friendly. The room was clean every day and there were no problems.

A very nice place in an excellent location if you hope to go out from the marina. Staff are excellent.

Great stay at Harbour Lights! We stayed in a 1-bedroom apartment there, definitely worth it to upgrade to 1-bedroom. We got a room on a higher floor with a view of the Harbour, and they even allowed us to check in very early. Reception: The reception desk was amazing, very helpful, courteous and professional. They helped us plan our activities, and booked our tours...and gave us very helpful information on the different options (opinions + reviews) for heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and to Kuranda. Location: Location of the hotel is AWESOME, very close to everything you need -- convenience store, harbour restaurants, harbour port where ships take off for Great Barrier Reef, casino across the street, and internet cafes. Highly recommend a stay in this location. Cleanliness/apartment maintenance: The apartment is overall quite nice, quite spacious and modern. The only thing is that the towels had stains on them and the bed decorative sheet (roll of decorative fabric placed on end of bed) was dirty and stained. So I would say that they need to be more meticulous with their cleaning. We asked for new towels and they sent them up immediately, and these were clean. Overall, I was say this was a great stay! We had a wonderful time in Cairns!

Ask for rooms that are are on the Harbor side.

1 Marlin Parade Cairns QLD

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Marina
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness center

Located in Cairns Central Business District, Cairns Harbour Lights is next to Cairns Harbour Cruises and Reef Fleet Terminal. This 82-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like a marina, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Located in central Cairns, the hotel is also near Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park.


For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 82 air-conditioned rooms feature balconies, minibars, and safes. 42-inch flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include phones, ironing boards, and desks.

Property features

Cairns Harbour Lights features a marina, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Self parking is offered for AUD 12.00 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and free newspapers.

Room options

Apartment, 1 Bedroom (1 King Bed)

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Apartment, 1 Bedroom (2 Single Beds)

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Apartment, 1 Bedroom (Trinity)

Full 1 | Sleeps 4