10 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Townsville Itinerary

10 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Townsville Itinerary

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10 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Townsville Itinerary

Cape Town
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Townsville
— Few hours
Fly:  26​h
Cape Town

3
days
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Cairns is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Cape Town to Cairns. Traveling from Cape Town in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
days
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 21st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Safaris
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

few
hours
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September in Townsville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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The Strand ©
The Strand
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

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