16 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

16 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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16 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 15 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Auckland

15
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.
Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours has been added to your itinerary. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Michaelmas Cay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 13th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Cairns is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Edge Hill, Trinity Beach, Crystal Cascades, Atherton Tablelands
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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