16 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

16 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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16 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  10​h
1
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Hong Kong

13
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 Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Opal Reef and Atherton Tablelands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 25th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip builder .

Hong Kong, China to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Cairns. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hong Kong in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Kuranda, Babinda Boulders, Crystal Cascades
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Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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