22 days in Cairns & Adelaide Itinerary

22 days in Cairns & Adelaide Itinerary

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22 days in Cairns & Adelaide Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 14 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Adelaide
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Cairns

14
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Curtain Fig National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, & more), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 18th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 14th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, and take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Yungaburra, Historic Village Herberton, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Safaris

7
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Langmeil Winery and Martindale Hall Heritage Museum will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Rockford Winery and Peter Lehmann Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Tanunda (Chateau Tanunda, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more), Kilikanoon Winery (in Penwortham) and Riesling Trail (in Clare). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Gorge Wildlife Park, steep yourself in history at Carrick Hill, do a tasting at Fox Creek Wines, and stroll through Henley Beach.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide day trip app .

Fly from Cairns to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in September; daily highs in Adelaide reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tanunda, McLaren Vale, Clare, Gorge Wildlife Park, Murray Street Vineyards
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Peter Lehmann Wines ©
Peter Lehmann Wines
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery

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