18 days in Cairns & Hervey Bay Itinerary

18 days in Cairns & Hervey Bay Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns & Hervey Bay Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Hervey Bay
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Barcelona

8
nights
Cairns

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Visit Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Palm Cove (Annie's Ladies Boutique & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the exhibits of Historic Village Herberton, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday website .

Barcelona, Spain to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in May, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cow Bay, Historic Village Herberton, Rex Lookout
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wanggoolba Creek. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum and Whistle Stop Rail Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hervey Bay: Bundaberg (Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery, & more), Childers (Brierley Wines, Hill of Promise Estate Winery, & more) and Central Station Rainforest (in Fraser Island). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade, take an in-depth tour of Wide Bay Hospitals Museum, contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Australiana Cottage Crafts.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hervey Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in June: high temperatures in Hervey Bay hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maryborough, Bundaberg, Childers, Fraser Island, Gin Gin Historical Village
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 14:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

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