11 days in Cairns & Whitsunday Island Itinerary

11 days in Cairns & Whitsunday Island Itinerary

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11 days in Cairns & Whitsunday Island Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Denver

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, make a trip to Green Island, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns vacation planner .

Denver, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in February, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 88°F and 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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