9 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

9 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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9 days in Cairns & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Cairns

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Curtain Fig National Park and Babinda Boulders. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Birdworld Kuranda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra), St Mary’s by The Sea chapel (in Port Douglas) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Historic Village Herberton, Birdworld Kuranda, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:
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Cathedral Fig Tree ©
Cathedral Fig Tree
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia, and then explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the water at your own pace with Airlie Boat Hire, then trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in April, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Transportation Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Boathaven Beach ©
Boathaven Beach

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