Beach towels, where to buy in Cairns, isn’t difficult if you are looking for a standard beach towel. There are many shops selling cheap towels in Cairns. The best beach towels and sarongs , we found in Cairns were by the beach,  at Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre.

This Visitor Information Centre was a surprise find. Not only very knowledgeable on Cairns tours they also had lots of discounts and savings off cairns attractions, as well as  great range of beach towels, sarongs and other souvenirs.

Beach Towels $9.90 each

Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre had quality towels but at a cheap price with beautiful tropical designs and the towels were great to take to the Great Barrier Reef or to the beach and they cost us just $9.90 each. The same towel was selling in Cairns for over double at $20 each .We were really pleased with our bargain buy and the great visitor information they provided free on Cairns. 

We found most Cairns Hotel don’t let you take their white  hotel towels to the Reef . Buying your own beach towel in Cairns make sense. Its a great souvenir of your trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

Locally designed souvenirs and gifts from Cairns

Cairns Beach Visitor Centre had other beautiful towels with Great Barrier Reef designs by local Cairns artist . Packaged beautifully, these  make great gifts and presents. We really appreciated that these towels were designed by a local Cairns artist and we loved the colorful fish and Great Barrier Reef scenes.

They had two beach towel designs with local scenes from the Reef off Cairns. The Green Island Beach towel, showing Green Island and the famous green turtles. The other towel depicts local colorful reef fish and coral. They cost us $16 each . We loved buying a towel designed here in Cairns that supports a local Cairns artist.

They had other locally design Great Barrier Reef and Green Island souvenirs.

Where to hire beach towels in Cairns –

Where to Hire beach towels in Cairns was not easy, we gave up finding a towel rental place, as the shops we visited didn’t hire towels, but when we visited Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre , towel and sarong rental was available. This must be the cheapest towel hire in Cairns at $3.50 per towel .

Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre are located at 8 Rutherford street, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Cairns. Phone 07 4055 7158, . It was well worth the drive .

Their famous Visitor Information Centre had the largest range of Cairns tours and you get great savings there and the best towel and sarong range.

Buy sarongs, towels and souvenirs at Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre, Yorkeys Knob beach, Cairns.

Sarong… where to buy in Cairns?. Looking for sarongs that are different and make unique gifts. There are many sarong shops that sell sarongs in Cairns and the cost, quality and design vary greatly.

The best sarongs we found were out by the beach just 10-15 minutes from Cairns City Centre at the Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre. Yes  a surprise find, Not only a very helpful Cairns Tourist Information Centre, with great knowledge of Cairns tours,  but they also have a range of unique gifts and presents including a fantastic sarong range.

They had quality sarongs with beautiful tropical designs that made great presents. Being light weight, they dry easily. These were ideal to use at the beach or out on The Great Barrier Reef.

There are many cheap sarongs in Cairns but the quality can be poor. So we were really pleased to buy beautiful sarongs complete with the buckle.

The cost of the sarong we bought  was cheap; they have a big range of sarongs from just $12.50 each. Making it an affordable gift from Cairns for the family and friends. We really loved the sarong accessories like the buckles made out of coconut shell. They have a big range of sarongs accessories, made out of both, wood and coconut shell in many designs.

Cairns Sarong Shop

Buy sarongs and souvenirs at Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre, Yorkeys Knob, beach Cairns.

With over 50 different designs available to buy I think this must be the largest range of sarongs in Cairns. There are more sarongs here than I found at any other Cairns sarongs shops. 

The Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre has a large range of sarongs, including designs with Great Barrier Reef fish, turtles, the local gecko, tropical flowers, coral designs, rainforest butterflies, tie dye sarongs, plain sarongs and nature designs.

Hand made and , hand painted sarongs   and sarong dresses are hard to find but The Cairns Beaches Tourist Information Centre had some beautiful designs including hand painted sarongs with turtle designs. They even let you try out the sarong and they had other unusual Cairns souvenirs as well as free map, discount vouchers to get into Cairns attractions cheaper and savings off Cairns Tours, so the short drive is very worthwhile and you can go to the beach there as well, as the Cairns Tourist Information Centre, 8 Rutherford street Yorkeys Knob Beach, Cairns is just 50 meters from Yorkeys Knob Beach esplanade, you can phone them on 07 4055 7158 and ask them about their range           

Sarongs have multiple names across many cultures including pareo, pareu, lava lava, longet, etc. But what ever sarong wrap you are after, I’m sure you will find it here.



In the right spot in your most precious time!

Looking for Cairns family accommodation?

These are our tips of kid-friendly accommodation in Cairns. We tried to fit in the budget, midrange and luxury options. Have a look at our tips on where to stay in Cairns for self-catering accommodation, hotels, holiday homes and caravan parks that have children friendly facilities and family packages.

Here we go!

1. Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

The Family Fun Resort

This vast caravan park on the southern sides of Cairns has won many awards. With child-friendly activities and lots things for the kids to do. It has a wonderful swimming pool and a large playground as well as a variety of accommodation from tent sites to cabins and luxury villas.

2. Villa Marine Holiday Apartments 

A small idyllic, peaceful place with rainforest and beach nearby

family friendly Villa Marine

This little place by the beach and surrounded by rainforest is a favourite of visitors and great for the family budget. Relaxed and just a hop skip and jump from the beach, and the new million dollar adventure playground and exercise equipment area on the Esplanade. Even with a free flying fox! No wonder Villa Marine has won best standard accommodation for the region three times, with just nine affordable villas all self-catering, this is a great option all the family will love. We loved their free snorkel equipment.

3. Motorhome and campervan rental

family friendly campervan engl

Flexible and eventful on tour

Imagine a holiday on wheels. Bring out the gipsy in you and move around as it suits. There is a wide range of campervans and motorhomes that can be rented to suit your family option to explore Cairns and Tropical North Queensland. See; they specialise in discounts on campervans and Cairns tours. You will save money with these guys as they specialise in family packages and discounts.

4. Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

City kick at a high level

Right in the centre of Cairns, very close to the lagoon swimming pool. This is a brilliant location for those who want to be right in the very centre of Cairns in the thick of the action. Upmarket, classy with a beautiful restaurant, this is a great luxury option.

5. Cairns Holiday House  

Just be local

Cairns Holiday house


An affordable home while you are away from home; this excellent budget option is a simple basic 2bedroom house at Cairns Northern Beaches. At half the price of a city hotel but accommodates a family. Don’t expect luxury or all the bells, this is living and experiencing life as a local.


6. Park Regis Piermonde Apartments 

Great views over the rooftops of Cairns

Overlooking the Cairns Inlet, this highrise building has a range of family apartments in a great location in Cairns. Luxurious, spacious, within an easy walk to Esplanade, Cafes, Lagoon and Casino.

7. Fitzroy Island

Holiday in the picture postcard


This gorgeous island 45 minutes off the coast of Cairns has a wonderful feel to it. They have spacious family suites with room to move and great sea breezes. This new resort has plenty to offer with restaurants, pool and most of all the island lifestyle.

8. The Pullman Cairns International

In the centre of luxury

Right in the heart of the city with over 300 rooms, this big grand Cairns hotel also takes families with beautiful upmarket suites. A classy hotel that gives you both, luxury and location. And a marvellous kids pool! But the real bonus is the central location.

9. Palm Cove Caravan Park 

Do your thing

family friendly Palm Cove Caravan park engl


Got your tent, caravan or campervan? How good is this beautiful caravan park directly opposite the Palm Cove Beach and Jetty. Great for fishing and family activities.

This is a great affordable location for those with their own vehicle.


10. Sea Temple Palm Cove

Enjoyment and wellness under stars

Want indulgence? The 5star Sea Temple Resort & Spa at Palm Cove is just a 30 minutes drive from Cairns. Enjoy the luxury resort ambience and high-quality furnishing. Stunning lagoon pool. This upmarket resort has fully self-catering apartments, complete with kitchen. If you don’t want to cook, no worries! There are several dining options within the resort. If you are looking for a 5star resort, this may be worth a look.