10 days in Newcastle & Cairns Itinerary

10 days in Newcastle & Cairns Itinerary

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10 days in Newcastle & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Newcastle
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk and then walk around Speers Point Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Blackbutt Reserve, then explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Nobbys Head.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Newcastle sightseeing tool .

Brisbane to Newcastle is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Newcastle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Speers Point Park
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Speers Point Park ©
Speers Point Park
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Trinity Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Safaris). Spend the 19th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Discovery Centre, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and stop by WetRez.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Newcastle to Cairns takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newcastle in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Thornton Beach, Trinity Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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