5 days in Queensland Itinerary

5 days in Queensland Itinerary

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5 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton, and then relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand.

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

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Balloon Rides

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 12th (Sat), take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island road trip site .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
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 13th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach itinerary planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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