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Airlie Beach to Cairns - Ferry?

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Airlie Beach to Cairns - Ferry?


We will be getting back from our cruise to Airlie Beach on Saturday at 1 PM. We were planning on leaving to drive to Cairns. The issue we have is that Eurocar is closed and that Hertz is going to cost about $650 for three days of car. We also do not want to fly on a propeller plane. Are there any boat options or ferries between the two cities? Anything else we can do?


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1. Re: Airlie Beach to Cairns - Ferry?

nope, plane, bus, car ( or train?)

or on second thoughts maybe boat charter. that would be fun.

Edited: 17 August 2011, 01:37
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2. Re: Airlie Beach to Cairns - Ferry?

I've just looked up trains but they leave from Prosperpine early Sat am so no good. However the Greyhound bus website shows they pick up at Airlie Beach every evening at 8.10pm and arrive Cairns 6.05am next morning:-


Hope this helps!


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3. Re: Airlie Beach to Cairns - Ferry?

Thanks Sunbird,

Bus looks like the way to go Pookie. Greyhound and Premier both travel between Airlie Beach and Cairns. There are no boats.

We also have Avis car rentals in town though, if you'd like to keep investigating car hire options. You may also be able to help with a campervan or Wicked camper relocation, try Fun Rentals for this.

Happy planning! Let us know if we can help further :)


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4. Re: Airlie Beach to Cairns - Ferry?

Another option you could consider is to take the bus for 4 hours up to Townsville, then pick up a rental car for 3 days. Thrifty quoted me $257 for a Ford Falcon for 3 days with a drop off at Cairns, using the city branches and avoiding the airport surcharges. I can't help with the bus fare to Townsville, but it should work out cheaper than the $650 quote you got from Hertz.

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