10 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

10 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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10 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Cairns

6
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Palm Cove (Annie's Ladies Boutique, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning site .

In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Daintree Discovery Centre, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
On the 25th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Airlie Beach trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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