10 days in Cairns, Townsville & Port Douglas Itinerary

10 days in Cairns, Townsville & Port Douglas Itinerary

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10 days in Cairns, Townsville & Port Douglas Itinerary

Cairns
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Head to Night Markets and Tanks Arts Centrefor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, head outdoors with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planning tool .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Get outdoors at The Strand and Museum of Tropical Queensland. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and explore the galleries of The Drill Hall Studio.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary app .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sunday Market Port Douglas and With Sugar. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: stop by Funstuff by Lynda and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Townsville to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

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