Riley Cairns

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

At a Glance

  • Superb location on the lively Cairns esplanade, with views of the Coral Sea.
  • Glittering lagoon pool spread across the heart of the hotel, with its own beach.
  • Rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic views of the city and the ocean.
  • Cairns’ first new five-star hotel in over 20 years.

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The climate is tropical in Cairns with the Dry Season, roughly May to October, offering warm days and cool nights with low humidity. November to April is generally the Wet Season when the days and nights are hotter and more prone to tropical outbursts.

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This sleek, modern addition to Cairns’ waterfront boasts elegantly pared-back design, three stylish dining options and a tranquil spa, combining modern luxury with an eco-conscious ethos.

This 311-room hotel lies on Cairns’ Esplanade, a minimalist property looking out over the shimmering waters of the Coral Sea. A strong focus on environmental sustainability creates a stylish stay with a conscience while offering understated luxury in the elegant furnishings, contemporary dining options and the city’s highest rooftop bar.

The sophisticated rooms and suites are refined in a minimalist, simple style, with wooden tones bringing warmth to the white walls, while crisp bed linens are given depth with rich velvet cushions and throws. Views of the city skyline or the sea draw the eye to the floor-to-ceiling windows, some of which lead onto a spacious balcony. Apple iPad Control Centers, 55” flat screen TVs, wifi and Staycast by Google Chromecast add a modern touch, while rainforest showers, Crystalbrook Collection Immersion amenities and coffee machines complete the upscale retreat.

From the rooftop restaurant and bar of Rocco, with its 270 degree views over Cairns and the Coral Sea, to the zingy Asian dishes of Paper Cranes and the wholesome salad bowls and freshly-pressed juices of Greenfields, there’s a variety of dining options to enjoy at Riley. A 24-hour fitness center is well-equipped for post-indulgence workouts while the Eleme Spa is a tranquil, calming retreat which employs natural Sodashi products in expertly personalized treatments.

While you could spend your time at Riley enjoying the delicious restaurants, fruity cocktails and far-reaching views, the hotel is within easy reach of the city’s sights, including the bars, restaurants, galleries and boutiques of the waterfront. The kaleidoscopic marine life of the Great Barrier Reef is tantalisingly close, while further afield lie the Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands.

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  • Dreamtime Legends Walk

    The Dreamtime Legends Walk through the Mossman Gorge gives visitors a more intimate look into the Culture, spirituality and traditions of the Kuku Yalanji people and their unique connections with this ancient land.

  • Private Yacht Charter on the Barrier Reef

    A full day sail and snorkel cruise aboard a luxuriously appointed sailing catamaran is a great way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Relax as your yacht is nudged casually along by tropical breezes in the balmy waters of the reef.

  • Wildlife and Culture of the Daintree Rainforest Private Tour

    Explore the 135 million year old Daintree Rainforest and the traditional Aboriginal lands at Cooya Beach on this cultural and wildlife tour of Tropical North Queensland.

Vacation Ideas

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    Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Sydney, Whitsundays, Cairns and Uluru

    from $21100 pp 18 nights

    • The most luxurious and exclusive way to discover the highlights of the Antipodes
    • With spectacular weather, this itinerary is a great option for Christmas vacations, either just for a couple or for a family with children over 6
    • Discover the marine giants of New Zealand with a whale watching trip in Kaikoura

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Riley is situated in a prime location at the northern end of the famous Cairns Esplanade, within easy walking distance of the heart of the city and the waterfront.

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