5 days in Hervey Bay & Cairns Itinerary

5 days in Hervey Bay & Cairns Itinerary

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5 days in Hervey Bay & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade and then take in the exciting artwork at Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay trip planner .

Sydney to Hervey Bay is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: highs in Hervey Bay hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

2
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: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 31st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hervey Bay in May since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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