9 days in Cairns & Hamilton Island Itinerary

9 days in Cairns & Hamilton Island Itinerary

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Cairns

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
When in Hamilton Island, make a side trip to see Whitsunday Islands National Park in Whitsunday Island, approximately Whitsunday Island away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Jetryder, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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