6 days in Airlie Beach & Cairns Itinerary

6 days in Airlie Beach & Cairns Itinerary

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Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

Brisbane to Airlie Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.
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Cairns — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Pure Synergie Skin Store, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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