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.

Recommended option

Fly, car ferry  •  8 h 56 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

$247 - $613

Cheapest option

Bus, car ferry  •  28 h 50 min

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

$174 - $301

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

$194 - $322

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cairns to Fraser Island is to bus and car ferry which costs $230 - $410 and takes 28 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cairns to Fraser Island is to fly and car ferry which costs $330 - $850 and takes 8 h 56 min.

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The distance between Cairns and Fraser Island is 1199 km.

It takes approximately 8 h 56 min to get from Cairns to Fraser Island, including transfers.

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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 taxi 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 26 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Townsville, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Cairns to Hervey Bay via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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
5 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $280
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$272
B-Quick
$150
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
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
$130 - $260
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$130 - $190
Flexifare
$150 - $220
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
$37
Schedules at
fraserislandferry.com.au

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