14 days in Perth, Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

14 days in Perth, Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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14 days in Perth, Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Perth
1
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + subway:  19​h
End: Busan

4
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Take a break from the city and head to Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Caversham Wildlife Park and Penguin Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Mandurah Cruises (in Mandurah) and Fremantle (Fremantle Markets & Fremantle Prison). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, meet the residents at Perth Zoo, get your game on at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Perth online trip maker .

If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major airport is Perth International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Perth are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Fremantle, Perth Zoo, Caversham Wildlife Park, Mandurah Cruises, Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

2
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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. It doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Cairns takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Cairns is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Safaris and Four Mile Beach. Head to Coffee Works and Sunday Market Port Douglasfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip site .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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