12 days in Whitsundays & Cairns Itinerary

12 days in Whitsundays & Cairns Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip planner

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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 4 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.
Step out of Airlie Beach to go to Daydream Island and see Daydream Island Living Reef, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, relax and rejuvenate at Intuitive Massage & Beauty Centre, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online tour planner.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Hamilton Island

— 4 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, head outdoors with Jetryder, relax and rejuvenate at Hamilton Island Sports Club, and enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island tour itinerary builder site.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. April in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Wangetti (Rex Lookout & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas) and Port Douglas (Coffee Works Port Douglas, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more). Spend the 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips