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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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1 Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save 10%

Located in the heart of Cairns, Gilligan's Backpackers has a lagoon-style swimming pool, outdoor bar and large plasma-screen TVs showing sporting events. Gilligan's Backpackers offers a blend of... More

Mr
Excellent place good location my first time at backpackers I don't think I would share a dorm room again but wasn't to bad. Food was pretty good and eye candy was at a whole new level .
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From US$134

2 201 Lake Street Cairns

4 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

201 Lake Street Map

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The chic and contemporary 201 Lake Street Apartments Cairns offers business and leisure travellers an ideal base with comfortable accommodations in the heart of Cairns. On a clear day, tourists can... More

From US$79

3 Southern Cross Atrium Apartments Cairns

4 stars
3.9 / 5 21 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

Fantastic
wonderful spot, went in May in the off season for 8 nights, great weather and not so many people. Clean apartment overlooking the ocean. Staff very responsive. Wished I could have stayed longer.
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4 Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns.

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4.5 / 5 71 reviews

1 Pierpoint Road, Cairns, Qld 4870 Map

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Superb hotel
This was our second stay at the Shangri-La in Cairns and we found it just as enjoyable as the first time. Staff are genuinely friendly. One minor complaint though (which I'm sure wouldn't even...
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5 Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment Hotel Cairns

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4.6 / 5 21 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

relaxing getaway
excellent location. close to everything but still quiet in the apartment. loved the fact that the pool was heated. staff were really helpful.
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6 Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

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4.5 / 5 38 reviews

122 Lake Street Map

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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort invites holidaymakers to a state-of-the-art tropical retreat within easy access to entertainment and shopping opportunities in this bustling Queensland metropolitan.... More

Will be back
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7 Mantra Esplanade Cairns

4 stars
4.4 / 5 25 reviews

53-57 The Esplanade Map

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Featuring a convenient beachfront location close to area attractions and recreation sites, Mantra Esplanade Cairns makes for a convenient starting point for vacationing couples, holidaymakers and... More

Great home base for visiting Cairns.
Loved the apartment style room that included a proper kitchen, washing machine and dryer. Fantastic location on the Esplanade. Free secure parking was a winner as well. Enjoyed peace and quiet...
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8 City Sheridan

3 stars
4.1 / 5 28 reviews

157 Sheridan Street Map

FREE Wireless Internet

Tourists looking for urban escape in the tropical surroundings of Cairns book a stay at the comfortable and inviting accommodations of City Sheridan. Aside from planning a dive in the Great Barrier... More

Good city experience
Good location, but room a little small for three adults.
16 Jun 2015
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