7 days in Cairns, Mission Beach & Hamilton Island Itinerary

7 days in Cairns, Mission Beach & Hamilton Island Itinerary

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7 days in Cairns, Mission Beach & Hamilton Island Itinerary

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

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.
On the 4th (Thu), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station, then do a tasting at Murdering Point Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Djiru National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mission Beach trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station, Murdering Point Winery
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Djiru National Park ©
Djiru National Park
Murdering Point Winery ©
Murdering Point Winery

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 8th (Mon), get your game on at Sports Club, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): get outside with Jetryder and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Mission Beach to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Sports Club
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