18 days in Cairns & Longreach Itinerary

18 days in Cairns & Longreach Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns & Longreach Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Cairns
— 14 nights
Fly:  6​h
Longreach
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Cairns

14
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Opal Reef and Curtain Fig National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Four Mile Beach and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Venture out of the city with trips to Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Safaris, & more) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and get a new perspective on nature at The Crystal Caves.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cairns. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Herberton, Yungaburra, Rex Lookout
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

3
nights
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Step out of the city life by going to Spirit of the Outback Train and Lake Eyre Basin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum and Outback Pics. There's much more to do: examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, steep yourself in history at Longreach Powerhouse Museum, and look for gifts at Spinifex Collections.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Longreach travel route builder tool .

Fly from Cairns to Longreach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in May, Longreach is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Longreach

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, Longreach
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