10 days in Cairns, Cape Tribulation & Airlie Beach Itinerary

10 days in Cairns, Cape Tribulation & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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10 days in Cairns, Cape Tribulation & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + ferry:  9​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns route maker site .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cape Trib Farm. Visit Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 30 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, and go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In September in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Thornton Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boathaven Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Airlie Beach takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in September, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Proserpine Museum, Whitsunday Islands
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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