18 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

18 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h
Trinity Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
Smithfield
— 8 nights
bus:  15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
Holloways Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach ©
On the 23rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, then explore and take pictures at Earl Hill, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets and then take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Trinity Beach trip builder website .

Melbourne to Trinity Beach is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Trinity Beach, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Trinity Beach

#Parks, #Shopping, #Nature

Side Trip

Kuranda
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Spas & Wellness
Barron Falls ©
Barron Falls

2
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at Kuranda National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ellis Beach. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Palm Cove online trip maker .

Palm Cove is just a stone's throw from Trinity Beach. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Smithfield.

Things to do in Palm Cove

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda National Park, Rex Lookout, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Ellis Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas & Wellness

8
nights
Smithfield

Smithfield ©
Explore hidden gems such as Yorkeys Knob Beach and Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens. Take a break from the city and head to The Peterson Creek Walking Track and Mt. Hypipamee National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Smithfield: Golden Drop Mango Winery (in Biboohra), Herberton (Spy & Camera Museum & Historic Village Herberton) and Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe (in Tolga). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Hasties Swamp National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Smithfield online trip builder .

Smithfield is just a stone's throw from Palm Cove. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Smithfield

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Malanda, Yungaburra, Kuranda, Herberton, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

3
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns tour planner .

Cairns is just a short distance from Smithfield. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Holloways Beach

Holloways Beach ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stop by Holloways Beach Markets and then get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Holloways Beach attractions app .

Holloways Beach is very close to Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 8th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Holloways Beach

#Shopping, #Fun & Games
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Cairns Kart Hire Track ©
Cairns Kart Hire Track

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