There are 3 ways to get from Cairns to Fraser Island by plane, car ferry, train or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly, car ferry  •  10 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Hervey Bay (HVB) CNS - HVB
  2. Take the car ferry from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island

$248 - $611

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Bus, car ferry  •  27 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Cairns Central Station to Hervey Bay Gx411
  2. Take the car ferry from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island

$168 - $292

1 alternative option

Train, car ferry  •  25 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Cairns Central Station to Maryborough West Spirit of Queensland
  2. Take the car ferry from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island

$189 - $312

Questions & Answers

The distance between Cairns and Fraser Island is 1199 km.

It takes approximately 10 h 3 min to get from Cairns to Fraser Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Cairns Airport to Hervey Bay Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Cairns Airport to Hervey Bay Airport.

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There are five+ hotels available in Fraser Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cairns to Cairns Airport is to shuttle which takes 15 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Cairns to Fraser Island.
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  • Distance: 749.3 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 3 min

What companies run services between Cairns, QLD, Australia and Fraser Island, QLD, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Cairns to Fraser Island. However, you can take the shuttle to Cairns Airport, take the walk to Cairns airport, fly to Hervey Bay, take the drive to River Heads, take the car ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, then take the drive to Fraser Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Cairns to Fraser Island via Maryborough West, River Heads, and Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island in around 25 h 32 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Cairns Central Station to Maryborough West
Ave. Duration
19 h 57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$140 - $270
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$263
B-Quick
$145
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Cairns Central Station to Hervey Bay
Ave. Duration
22 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $200
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Hervey Bay - Pialba
Ave. Duration
23 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $180
Flexifare
$150 - $210
Ferry operators
Fraser Island Ferry
Website
fraserislandferry.com.au
Car ferry from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$36
Schedules at
fraserislandferry.com.au

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