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Is Cairns Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Cairns?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Cairns.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Australia, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.


With a unique tropical climate, the beautiful and vibrant island of Cairns is a popular holiday destination for visitors from all over the world. Cairns is located in the Great Sandy Range of Australia and is bordered by the Great Barrier Reef to the east, The Pacific Ocean to the north and south, and the Indian Ocean to the west. This coastal city is also an important center for the reef''s marine life. If you''re visiting Cairns this summer, here are some things you should do to help ensure your safety as you explore and enjoy the natural beauty of this hidden gem of Australia.

Water quality standards for tap water are quite good in Cairns. This means that while the water may not appear as dirty, it could contain harmful contaminants that can be dangerous to your health if you consume them over time. Tropical storms, tides, and strong winds can cause major problems with the quality of the water in different areas. So, it is important to take precautionary measur

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.75 in USD (1.5-liter)


Cairns tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 36% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 84% Very High
  • Water Quality 64% High

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Cairns, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

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Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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