18 days in Airlie Beach & Cairns Itinerary

18 days in Airlie Beach & Cairns Itinerary

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18 days in Airlie Beach & Cairns Itinerary

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

14
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Marina, Hamilton Island Art Gallery, & more), Mackay (Slade Point, Bluewater Lagoon, & more) and Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach holiday builder .

Expect a daytime high around 83°F in November, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Mackay, Bowen, Daydream Island Living Reef, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 11:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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