Top 8 hotspots from Cairns to Brisbane

Planning to make the long trip from Cairns to Brisbane? You could travel 19 and a half hours straight but then you’d be missing 2,200 km of sights and delights! Lucky for you, Greyhound Australia has your transport sorted so you can check all the hotspots below and more along the way.


Home of the flyboard, you can’t come to Cairns and not try it! You might struggle for the first ten minutes but think of the muscle tone you’ll get to reverse that coach potato physique you worked so hard for. Speaking of potatoes, if you’d rather be under the sea than on top of it, then dive into the cod hole with the friendly potato cod fish that basically looks like a rock.

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Mission beach – Bowen

Mission Beach is great for laidback beach relaxing, but one thing this place has got is a tree wearing a bikini – yep, you read that right. You can find that delight on Tully Mission beach road. If you’d rather get cultured then visit the Djiru National Park owned by the Djiru Aboriginal people which is full of interesting Aussie wildlife.

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Airlie Beach

Here, head on over to the Whitsunday Islands – the famous islands slung across the tip of the enigmatic Great Barrier Reef. You can’t come to Queensland and not visit the reef so make sure you allow plenty of time for that! Once you’re snorkelled out, there are a wealth of amazing beaches on the islands to explore and lie on.

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Just a short way away from Rockhampton, be prepared to plan your day around sunrises and sunsets because they’re pretty magical here. When you’ve got chance in between that, meet some native cuties at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary where little fur babies are nursed back to health for release into the wild.

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If you’re fed up with beaches and nature, Bundaberg is for you. This city is known for its rum so enjoy a tour around the Bundaberg Distillery followed by a tasting or many. For those of you who aren’t fed up with nature and turtles are your thing, take a trip to Mon Repos Beach from November to mid-March to see the nesting or hatching of marine turtles!

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay is one of Queensland’s best holiday destinations with the world’s closest encounters with humpback whales on a whale-watching trip also on offer. Hervey Bay’s beaches are beautiful but you can’t come to this side of the world without visiting Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island. Get panoramic viewpoints from Indian Head and camp the night away under the stars.

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Sunshine Coast

The clue is in the name, but this part of Queensland is all about beaches, sunshine and water sports. Try jet skiing, jet boating or kitesurfing to get your blood pumping and follow it all up with a visit to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. You can’t miss the Glass House Mountains!

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Congrats! You made it! Here, you can try kayaking in the pitch black in a Perspex kayak off the shore of Moreton Island, go diving with manta rays or if you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan, go play Quidditch with fellow muggles at the City Botanic Gardens.

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Without the worry of getting place to place using Greyhound’s services from Cairns to Brisbane (and pretty much across the whole of Australia), you’ll have more time to enjoy these great pit stops plus many more on route. So, sit back and enjoy the leather reclining seats as you tell your mates all about your latest adventures with their free on-board Wi-Fi. And for October only, you can get your hop-on-hop-off pass with 20%off! Result!