15 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Daintree Itinerary

15 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Daintree Itinerary

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15 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Daintree Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Daintree
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Auckland Central

5
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.
Visiting Curtain Fig National Park and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Babinda Boulders and The Crystal Caves. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Cairns Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns tour itinerary builder .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Cairns. Traveling from Auckland Central in December, expect nights in Cairns to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are much warmer, around 36°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, The Crystal Caves, Crystal Cascades, Curtain Fig National Park, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

5
nights
Port Douglas

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.
For shopping fun, head to Sunday Market Port Douglas or Coffee Works. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and Des Spencer Galleries. Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Four Mile Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Ngarru Gallery, stop by With Sugar, and relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

3
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wonga Beach and Miallo Japanese Bombing Site. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Australian Muster Experience. Step out of Daintree to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's more to do: look for gifts at Daintree Naturals Artist Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Daintree vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Daintree takes an hour. In December in Daintree, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Daintree

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Miallo Japanese Bombing Site, Australian Muster Experience, Daintree National Park, Wonga Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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