11 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & New South Wales Itinerary

11 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & New South Wales Itinerary

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11 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Amsterdam

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in March; daily highs in Sydney reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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