6 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

6 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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6 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  34​h
End: Brussels

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Brussels to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Cairns is much warmer than Brussels - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 3rd (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip app .

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. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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