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Brisbane to Cairns drive

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Brisbane to Cairns road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Brisbane to Cairns. If you're planning a road trip to Cairns, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Brisbane
drive for about 1.5 hours

12:21 pm  Sunshine Coast
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:21 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

4:44 pm  Agnes Water
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Agnes Water
drive for about 5.5 hours

3:31 pm  Mackay
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:31 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:29 pm  Airlie Beach
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Airlie Beach
drive for about 3 hours

12:55 pm  Townsville
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:55 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:10 pm  Tully (Australia)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:10 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:36 pm  arrive in Cairns

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Brisbane to Cairns.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Brisbane, Australia.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Sunshine Coast  (12 answers)
Agnes Water
Mackay  (2 answers)
Airlie Beach  (9 answers)
Townsville  (3 mentions)
Tully (Australia)  (2 answers)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Cairns, Australia.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

What are some things to do in Cairns?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Tusa Dive  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Cairns. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Mitch Taylor from Honolulu asked:
Best dive company for the Great Barrier Reef out of Cairns?  (1 answer)

 Mary Ann Luna from Phoenix asked:
Best way to see Great Barrier Reef for seniors  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Cairns.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Cairns to Brisbane drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Brisbane to Cairns. Or get a full Brisbane to Cairns flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Brisbane well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Brisbane!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,063 miles
driving time of 20 hours, 4 minutes
Cairns is the same time as Brisbane
67 Brisbane travel answers
12 Sunshine Coast travel answers
2 Mackay travel answers
9 Airlie Beach travel answers
2 Tully (Australia) travel answers
69 Cairns travel answers

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