10 days in Cairns Region & Ningaloo Itinerary

10 days in Cairns Region & Ningaloo Itinerary

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10 days in Cairns Region & Ningaloo Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
2
Ningaloo
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  40​h
End: New York City

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Monica's Cathedral and Josephine Falls. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 9th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cairns is 15 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 87°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Ningaloo.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Crystal Cascades, Trinity Beach, Red Arrow Walk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
Ningaloo

Ningaloo ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Ningaloo Reef.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Ningaloo. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Ningaloo, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ningaloo

Parks Wildlife
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Ningaloo Reef ©
Ningaloo Reef

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