18 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

18 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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18 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 14 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
End: Cairns

14
nights
Cairns

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Wooroonooran National Park as well as Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Cairns Art Gallery and St Monica's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Wrights Lookout) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Sunday Market Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. Spend the 20th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and head outdoors with Platypus Viewing Platform.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Palm Cove, Kuranda, Wooroonooran National Park
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Safaris

3
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've now added Scuba & Snorkeling to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas vacation planning website .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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