The simple answer is no, Cairns is not in The Whitsundays.  Cairns is located roughly 1000km north of the northernmost island in The Whitsunday Group.  Cairns is your access point to the outer Great Barrier Reef and Airlie Beach is your access point to The Whitsundays.

While both locations have a lot to offer, we strongly suggest flicking through our article on Cairns vs Airlie Beach before making a decision to book a holiday.

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