11 days in Port Douglas, Palm Cove & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Port Douglas, Palm Cove & Cairns Itinerary

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11 days in Port Douglas, Palm Cove & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Palm Cove
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip site .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 21°C. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

3
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Head to Village Gallery and Peter Jarver Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Palm Cove, make a side trip to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Doongul Aboriginal Art Gallery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Cove online trip itinerary maker .

Palm Cove is just a short distance from Port Douglas. In July, daytime highs in Palm Cove are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Rex Lookout, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rusty's Market and Cairns Art Gallery. Spend the 5th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns tour planner .

Cairns is just a short distance from Palm Cove. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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