19 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

19 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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19 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Green Island, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Edge Hill, Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Paronella Park, Macalister Brewing Company
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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 Four Mile Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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