11 days in Whitsundays & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Whitsundays & Cairns Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland tour itinerary planner

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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Whitsunday Great Walk. Take a break from Airlie Beach with a short trip to Daydream Island Living Reef in Daydream Island, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Hamilton Island

— 3 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Marina will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: make a trip to Passage Peak, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild life Hamilton Island, and kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island planner.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Cairns

— 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, &more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Spas (in Palm Cove). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip builder.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips