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Shields Street

Shields Street is the perfect blend of old and new. Several of the structures on this thoroughfare still retain a period design, bringing back memories of the 19th century, when Cairns was still in its infancy; adding to this impression is the fact that the street is paved, rather than tarmacked. Beautiful palms and a number of tree species adorn this road, adding a touch of nature that softens what would have been a purely concrete jungle. The street is home to a museum, restaurants, and a number of retail outlets.

  • Walk along Shields Street, and take special note of the building that hosts the Night Owl convenience stores, and another named Hides Corner; these retain the design that was prevalent when Cairns was a nascent urban centre.
  • Learn about the area's history at the Cairns Museum, located in City Place, a shopping mall at the corner of Shields and Lakes Streets.
  • Enjoy a cup of something hot at Hides Coffee cafe, a restaurant located at Hides Corner building.

Shields Street is located between Lake and Grafton Streets, in Cairns, Australia. One of the most convenient ways of getting to this picturesque thoroughfare is by taxi. Cabs can be easily found at several points in the city, particularly near establishments frequented by tourists, such as hotels. Visitors can also opt to get to Shields Street by hired car. There are several car rental companies in the city, and these offer excellent services at a relatively reasonable cost. One can also hire a bicycle and ride to the popular road; the city is quite bike friendly.

Hotels in Shields Street

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From US$96

1 Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel Cairns

4 stars
4.5 / 5 22 reviews

62 Abbott Street Map

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Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel Cairns invites travellers to a plush apartment-style retreat centrally set in Cairns. The ideal location of the aparthotel allows guests to easily explore... More

Close to city
This hotel was good as it was close to everything. Walking distance.
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From US$69

2 Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns

4 stars
4.0 / 5 28 reviews

3-11 Water Street Map

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The Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns offers tropical charm close to the centre of Cairns. The spacious self-contained apartments offer luxurious comfort and tropical splendour with private... More

Nice place - across from the supermarket
It was a nice hotel. Right across the road from the large supermarket. That made it easy to buy food for cooking as the kitchen facilities in the room were great. The only problem was that when we...
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3 Mantra Esplanade Cairns

4 stars
4.4 / 5 25 reviews

53-57 The Esplanade Map

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Great home base for visiting Cairns.
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4 Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns.

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4.5 / 5 74 reviews

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Pretty basic for cost of stay
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5 Park Regis City Quays

4 stars
3.7 / 5 27 reviews

6 Lake Street Map

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Excellent
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6 Cairns Rainbow Resort

3 stars
2.7 / 5 12 reviews

179 Sheridan Street Map

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Cheap
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7 Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

5 stars
4.7 / 5 27 reviews

35-41 Wharf Street Map

Rate Includes Breakfast and restaurant discount

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The Pullman Reef Hotel was excellent. The staff went out of their way to help us and make our stay memorable. We would recommend this hotel to everybody. Nothing was any trouble to the staff and...
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8 BreakFree Royal Harbour

4 stars
3.7 / 5 12 reviews

73-75 The Esplanade Map

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BreakFree Royal Harbour welcomes discerning travellers to a modern apartment-style retreat showcasing panoramas of Trinity Bay and surrounding parklands. Tourists in Cairns can play slots and card... More

central to all , great service
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17 Nov 2015
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9 ibis Styles Cairns

4 stars
4.0 / 5 40 reviews

15 Florence Street Map

Rate includes Breakfast

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Great Staff
Very helpful staff, good position, excellent buffet breakfast. The only gripe would be noisy aircon and noisy ceiling fan.
6 Jul 2015
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