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Getting to Fraser Island, Whitsundays and Cairns

Queensland, Australia, is a vast state made up of small townships as you head up the coral-clad coast, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.

There is a frequent misconception that all major destinations in Queensland are neighbouring townships, however there is some considerable distance between the tourist hotspots of Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and Cairns, as Australia is a very large continent. 

If you already have a Whitsundays overnight sailing trip in mind, but are also interested in visiting the amazing sand island of Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef just off Cairns, here are some facts to note before you travel.

How far between each destination?

  • Brisbane to Airlie Beach - This is a 12.5 hour drive down the coast
  • Fraser Island (Hervey Bay) to Whitsundays - This is approximately a 9.5 hour drive by vehicle
  • Whitsundays to Cairns - This is a 7.5 hour drive up the coast of Queensland

How to get there?

The most affordable way to travel around Australia is via coach with a number of services, including Greyhound Australia and Premier, both stopping in Airlie Beach daily. We suggested purchasing a hop-on/ hop-off pass which you can be used for an extended period of time and allows you to go to several places as your own pace. 

Alternatively, there are flights connecting Brisbane and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) daily, as well as flights departing from Hamilton Island to Cairns. Please check the airlines and departure times.

If you do choose to drive, we recommend arriving in town the day prior to any trips you may have booked just in case of any delays such as construction or weather.

Our travel agents can put an itinerary together for you featuring the Whitsundays, Fraser Island and Cairns. Ask us today.

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