8 days in Airlie Beach & Cairns Region Itinerary

8 days in Airlie Beach & Cairns Region Itinerary

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8 days in Airlie Beach & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Sydney in March, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Macalister Brewing Company
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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