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Cairns to Airlie Beach drive in 1 day

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  Cairns
 Mungalli Creek Dairy
 Mission Beach
 Townsville
 Ayr (Queensland)
 Bowen
   Airlie Beach 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day

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Cairns to Airlie Beach road trip planner

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

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9:00 am  start in Cairns
drive for about 54 minutes

9:54 am  eat at Mungalli Creek Dairy
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:54 am
drive for about 54 minutes

11:48 am  Mission Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:48 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:59 pm  Townsville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:59 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:10 pm  Ayr (Queensland)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:10 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:34 pm  Bowen
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 8:34 pm
drive for about 1 hour

9:39 pm  arrive in Airlie Beach

driving ≈ 7.5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Cairns, Queensland.

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?

Mungalli Creek Dairy  (2 mentions)

Mission Beach  (2 answers)

Townsville  (3 answers)

Ayr (Queensland)

Bowen  (2 answers)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Airlie Beach, Queensland.

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


What are some things to do in Airlie Beach?

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

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!

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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 Airlie Beach to Cairns 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 Cairns to Airlie Beach. Or get a full Cairns to Airlie Beach 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 Cairns well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Cairns!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 386 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 14 minutes
70 Cairns travel answers
2 Mission Beach travel answers
3 Townsville travel answers
2 Bowen travel answers
9 Airlie Beach travel answers





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