16 days in Cairns Itinerary

16 days in Cairns Itinerary

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cairns Art Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Etty Bay and Four Mile Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Wrights Lookout (in Kuranda) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Sunday Market Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 25th (Thu) on the rails with a train tour. Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall, explore and take pictures at Gallo DairyLand, steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton, and head outdoors with Platypus Viewing Platform.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from Hong Kong, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Atherton, Edge Hill, Wrights Lookout
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