The most budget-friendly place in Far North Queensland, Cairns' hostels range from converted houses to hangar-sized resorts. Holiday apartment complexes dot the city; dozens of drive-in motels line Sheridan St.
A trio of five-star hotels under the Crystalbrook banner is expected to be completed end of 2019.
Cairns sees a huge volume of tourist traffic and seasonal staff turnover. Refurbishments are frequently undertaken in the wettest months (January to March).