Cairns to Brisbane Route

Discover the scenic beaches, islands, coral reefs, vibrant towns, quaint villages and rainforest hinterlands of the tropical Cairns, Burdekin, Whitsunday, Capricornia, Fraser and Sunshine coasts of Queensland.

Premier Motor Service offers direct express tickets and hop-on-hop-off value passes along this route.

Browse our destinations and timetables for the Cairns to Brisbane route below, or get in touch with one of our friendly reservation staff on 13 34 10 or via our contact form here. 


A far north Queensland city with a warm tropical climate, one of the most popular destinations for international tourists in Australia. Famous for its night markets, and esplanade lined with restaurants, bars, and swimming lagoon. Gateway to the magical Great Barrier Reef, beautiful Port Douglas, stunning Daintree Rainforest and scenic Atherton Tablelands.

Mission Beach

Wongaling Beach and Mission Beach are small coastal villages nestled between the ocean and hills in Far North Queensland. Part of the famous Cassowary Coast, and gateway to Dunk Island, the region is a popular destination for skydiving thrill seekers, and scenic coastal trekking.


The unofficial capital of North Queensland, famous for its granite Castle Hill rock formation, and tropical beach and garden foreshore, The Strand. Also popular for its Great Barrier Reef tourism, and gateway to Magnetic Island. Premier Motor Service picks up and sets down outside the Sealink Ferry Terminal which provides ferry services to and from Magnetic Island.

Airlie Beach

A beautiful coastal destination with a tropical climate and lifestyle in the Whitsunday region of Queensland. Popular with holidaymakers and international travellers for resort stays, camping, kayaking, sailing, and close proximity to the more than 70 Whitsunday Islands and scenic coastlines including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout.


The unofficial sugar capital of Australia, situated on the Queensland coast roughly halfway between Brisbane and Cairns. Attractions include the Mackay Marina, the Bluewater Lagoon leisure facility overlooking the Pioneer River, and the more than 30 scenic beaches within driving distance. Also enjoy the Regional Botanic Gardens, and an array of leisure walks and bikeways as part of the Bluewater Trail.


One of Queensland's oldest cities with gold rush history, Rockhampton is situated on the Fitzroy River and Tropic of Capricorn, and experiences more than 300 sunshine days each year. With fishing, river cruises, mountain bike trails and a heritage-listed village and botanic gardens, Rockhampton is also within close proximity to the Capricorn Coast including Yeppoon and Great Keppel Island.

Agnes Water

Agnes Water is a popular tourist town on Queensland's Discovery coast, home of the most northerly surfing beach along Australia’s east coast. The neighbouring village of 1770 is popular for its natural beauty and historical significance as one of Captain Cook’s Australian landings.

Note: Premier Motor Service does not operate all the way into the township of Agnes Water, setting down approximately 25km away at the BP Service Station at Fingerboard Turn Off.

Hervey Bay

Situated on the Fraser Coast of Queensland, Hervey Bay is the whale watching capital of Australia, with thousands of humpback whales resting and migrating in and around the bay each year between April and October. The region is also popular for its calm and scenic beaches, recreational fishing, boating and water activities, and as the gateway to the world heritage listed K'gari (Fraser Island).

Rainbow Beach

A quiet and idyllic beach town named for the rainbow-coloured, mineral-rich sand dunes that surround the area. Popular with tourists and holidaymakers for camping, fishing and four-wheel-driving along the beach, the region also serves as a gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island) with ferry access at nearby Inskip Point, and access to the Cooloola Great Walk through the Great Sandy National Park to the south.

Noosa Heads

A popular tourist and holiday destination for both domestic and international travellers at the northern end of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, boasting beachfront cafes, shopping and resort style accommodation. Also home to the stunning Noosa National Park, one of the most visited national parks in Australia, which features a number of scenic headlands, lookouts, bays, caves, and beaches along picturesque coastal walking tracks.


A popular coastal city on Queensland's stunning Sunshine Coast, situated on the Maroochy River between Coolum Beach, Alexandra Headland, and Mooloolaba coastal communities and beaches. Home to some of Queensland's major surf and triathlon events, and within close proximity to the famous Australia Zoo, Sea Life Aquarium, Glass House Mountains and scenic hinterland villages.


Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland, and third most populous city in Australia, named after the Brisbane River upon which it is located. It is a popular tourist destination serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of Queensland. Popular attractions include the cultural, social, and recreational South Bank precinct on the southern bank of Brisbane River. The Ekka agricultural show and Riverfire Festival are popular drawcards during August and September.







El Arish

Mission-Wongaling Beach







Home Hill


Airlie Beach





St Lawrence (Turn Off)



Mount Larcom

Miriam Vale

Agnes Water / 1770 (Turn Off)




Hervey Bay


Rainbow Beach





Noosa Junction







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Browse our full service timetables on the Cairns to Brisbane travel route below, including stop locations and departure times.


PM16 | Brisbane to Cairns – 7 Days

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PM19 | Cairns to Brisbane – 7 Days

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