7 Day North Queensland Discovery

Cairns to Airlie Beach Small Group Road Trip


Travel with us on our small group North Queensland Adventure from Cairns to Airlie Beach. Discover some of the highlights this region offers including amazing nature, stunning views, wildlife and local food & wine. Explore tropical beaches, lush rainforests, waterfalls and of course the Great Barrier Reef and picturesque Whitsunday Islands on this boutique small group tour between Cairns and Airlie Beach.

Tour Departure Dates:

03 – 09 September 2021
15 – 21 October 2021
05 – 11 November 2021

From the Great Barrier Reef to the oldest rainforest in the world

While in the Far North Queensland region you will get to see two World Heritage areas first hand – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. You will actually see the only place where the two World Heritage areas meet, which is where the rainforest meets the reef. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world, home to over 60% of bat and butterfly species in Australia, many endemic plants and is tens of thousands of years older than the amazon. It is also one of David Attenborough’s favorite places! The Great Barrier Reef really needs no introduction – amazing, resilient national and global treasure, visited by millions of people each year. Spend a day aboard one of Cairns’ funkiest catamarans, Passions of Paradise and explore the underwater world. Snorkel, swim or try scuba diving on a fun-filled day.

Beachfront bliss on the Cassowary Coast

Travel south to a quiet little coastal town called Mission Beach, located on the Cassowary Coast. The area is known as a popular breeding ground for the endangered Cassowary. Keep an eye out for this magnificent bird while in the area. Relax and stay at Castaways Resort, beachfront accommodation offering the ideal setting to unwind on the beach or by the pool.

Experience the magic of Whitehaven Beach

Airlie Beach is the heart and gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Explore the town and discover the Whitsunday Islands on the award-winning Thundercat. Snorkel, swim, relax and end the tour with one of the most amazing views in the world at Hill Inlet on Whitehaven Beach.

Like-minded people, small groups, intimate travel experience

This tour is a boutique, guided small-group adventure for anyone looking to travel with like-minded people. Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends this Cairns to Airlie Beach road trip is for you. Make new friends, see amazing places, have fun by day, sleep well at night!

Explore your own backyard

Visit your own backyard and discover the North Queensland region between Cairns and Airlie Beach on our boutique, guided, small group adventure tour.
Sometimes the best holiday spots can be found closer to home than you think.


What’s included?

  • Accommodation in double/ twin rooms:
    • Cairns, Flynn Crystalbrook or similar (3 nights)
    • Mission Beach, Castaways Resort or similar (1 night)
    • Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach Hotel or similar (2 nights)
  • Meals as noted in program (B,L,D)
  • Transport between Cairns and Airlie Beach by private mini-bus
  • Airport transfers in Cairns on arrival
  • Tours and activities unless listed as optional:
    • Cairns City walking tour including a visit at Wolf Lane Distillery and two local breweries. Gin and beer tasting included.
    • Full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef including lunch, snorkeling equipment + wetsuit/ stingersuit
    • Full day Daintree National park tour including lunch, 1-hour Daintree River cruise and all National Park fees
    • Visit to Josephine Falls and Murdering Point Winery
    • Full day Whitsunday Islands boat trip
  • Driver-guide/ tour leader
  • Coordination and arrangement of the whole trip



Day 1 – Cairns

Welcome to Cairns, the capital of Far North Queensland and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. We start our North Queensland Adventure with a meet & greet and briefing at the hotel. We then enjoy a relaxing short city walk along the Esplanade and through the heart of town. Cairns is a small, slow-paced town and the atmosphere is relaxed. During our walk we stop in at the local gin distillery Wolf Lane. Wolf Lane Distillery produces award-winning gins and liqueurs and you will experience a guided tasting of their amazing spirits. After the tasting we continue the urban adventure with a visit at two of Cairns’ craft beer breweries. Enjoy a beer at each brewery before we end the first day with a welcome dinner at one of Cairns’ oldest and most popular restaurants. (D)

Day 2 – Daintree National Park

Spend a day in the Daintree National Park, World Heritage listed area and the oldest rainforest in the world. Enjoy a day full of spectacular views, incredible nature and wildlife. Drive along one of Australia’s most scenic routes – the Great Barrier Reef Drive then take a walk through the beautiful rainforest, a refreshing dip in a freshwater creek, spot some saltwater crocodiles, admire the beaches and views, enjoy a freshly made BBQ lunch and taste some local organic ice cream. All this in one day! (B,L)

Day 3 – Great Barrier Reef

Depart early morning for an awesome day on the Great Barrier Reef. We cruise out in style on a catamaran and travel to two unique sites on the reef. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming and lazing on the deck or try scuba diving – no experience necessary if you are not certified (this activity is an optional extra, but highly recommended). While you are having fun the crew will prepare a wholesome lunch, which is served on board. Return to Cairns just in time for Happy Hour! (B,L)

Day 4 – Cairns to Mission Beach

We depart Cairns after breakfast and head south. Our first stop is Josephine Falls, a beautiful cascade waterfall rated amongst one of the most beautiful in North Queensland. After a short walk through the rainforest you get to enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water. One of the highlights is the natural waterslide. We continue our journey to Mission Beach driving south along the canefields and banana plantations, with a stop at Murdering Point Winery, producing quality exotic fruit wines. Enjoy a tasting before continuing to Mission Beach. This afternoon enjoy an amazing optional rainforest walk, which takes you through a rare fan palm forest in the Cassowary Coast area. The area is also a known habitat for cassowaries, so keep your eye out for this beautiful bird whilst walking through the rainforest.

Mission Beach is a small beachside town catering for relaxing getaways. Enjoy the beachfront setting of Castaways Resort and relax by the pool or take a stroll on the beach. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B)


Day 5 – Mission Beach to Airlie Beach

Today there is a bit of driving, but with good music and fun conversation the time will pass quickly.

We say goodbye to Castaways Resort and depart Mission Beach after an early breakfast. We stop at Frosty Mango (approx. 2 hours from Mission Beach), a popular stop on this stretch of road. Take a walk through the display orchard, taste some local fruits, try the delicious smoothies or ice creams. This is also our lunch stop. Continue to Airlie Beach after lunch, arriving mid-afternoon.

Relax and enjoy the pool or take a walk through the small town. (B)

Day 6 – Whitsunday Islands

Whitehaven Beach is one of most beautiful beaches in Australia, if not the world and today brings you up close and personal with its unspoilt, natural beauty. Located on the largest island in the Whitsundays – Whitsunday Island, Whitehaven Beach will amaze you with the fusion of colors at Hill Inlet. Whitehaven Beach also boasts white silica sand, the purest in the world.

Depart Paradise Cove in the morning onboard Thundercat, a fast catamaran that will whisk you out to the Whitsundays in no time. Before you know it you will be snorkeling on the fringing reefs at two locations and visiting the famous Whitehaven Beach, with an amazing lunch prepared for you by the crew. Return to Paradise Cove late afternoon and enjoy sunset on the beach. (B,L)

Day 7 – Airlie Beach

Today is the end of your North Queensland Adventure. We finish off our stay at Paradise Cove with breakfast before departing the resort. Choose to extend your stay in Airlie Beach or fly out from Proserpine Airport.

Alternatively you can travel back to Cairns on the bus with your guide. (B)

Thank you and safe onwards journey!


Crystalbrook Flynn

Crystalbrook Flynn features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Cairns. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

At the hotel, rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. At Crystalbrook Flynn each room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.


Castaways Mission Beach

Castaways Mission Beach accommodation is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, our resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to the 14 km long beautiful, white sandy beach you have found your own tropical little paradise right here!


Airlie Beach Hotel

Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi, Airlie Beach Hotel offers fully air-conditioned accommodation in the heart of Airlie Beach town centre.

Each room at Hotel Airlie Beach includes an LCD TV, mini refrigerator, and en suite bathroom with shower, bath and hairdryer. The private balcony offers outdoor seating and views of the town or ocean.

In-house restaurant THE PUB offers casual bistro-style meals, their specialty being wood-fired pizzas.

Airlie Beach Hotel is a 3-minute drive from Abel Point Marina, the departure point for snorkeling, diving, fishing and sailing trips. Airlie Beach Lagoon is situates 300 m away. The tour desk can arrange day tours to Whitehaven Beach. Free secure undercover car parking is provided.

Fine Print

Price per person based on twin share/ double rooms
Single Supplement $950
Tours run subject to min. 4 persons
Small groups, maximum 12 persons
Private tours and special trips available on request

DATES 2021
03 – 09.09.2021
15 – 21.10.2021
05 – 11.11.2021

  • A trip is guaranteed with min. 4 persons
  • 12 persons per group plus your guide
  • All participants should arrive before 15.00 on day 1
  • Single room upgrade available. Single supplement cost applies: AUD950.
  • Operator takes no responsibility for any losses, accidents, injury or any other personal misfortune, which may occur during the duration of the tour.
  • The above itinerary is subject to change at any time, including during the duration of the tour. Possible causes for change are unpredictable forces such as weather, local issues such as land disputes, political unrest and the like. Operator takes no responsibility for such changes, but will attempt – where possible – to offer an alternative route to make up for any losses.
  • Operator takes no responsibility in any delays that may lead to missed flights. In any such case the clients will be able to claim any losses through their personal travel insurance.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended including evacuation cover.
  • Although this is a soft adventure tour participants are advised to be in reasonable physical condition as activities such as swimming, light walking, snorkeling are a part of the itinerary.
  • Each participant will be obliged to sign a legal liability disclaimer prior to commencing the tour. By joining this tour you are supporting independent, locally-owned and operated travel businesses
  • Operator reserves the right to cancel any departure up to 30 days before the commencement date.
  • This tour will be guaranteed to depart once a minimum of four (4) fully paid travellers are confirmed.
  • Should we cancel the trip deposits will be credited or refunded in such an instance.
  • In case of a trip being cancelled by a Force Majeure Event results we can either offer a credit of any money paid or a refund, minus unrecoverable costs.
  • In the case a trip is cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event after a trip has commenced we can offer either a credit for the days remaining on the disrupted trip or a refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days remaining of the disrupted trip.
  • Any credit offered is not redeemable for cash.
  • A Force Majeure Event is an event outside of the control of Operator and includes, but is not limited to: acts of God, war, civil unrest, riots, natural disasters such as fires, cyclones, floods, earthquakes, epidemics or pandemics or any other health emergency, any other act of any government authority, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a trip to commence or continue.
  • Operator takes no responsibility for any travel arrangements made outside of the inclusions of the North Queensland holiday between Cairns and Airlie Beach such as flight bookings, visa costs, pre or post tour accommodation and the like.

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per person based on twin share

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