30 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

30 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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30 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 14 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 13 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  29​h
End: Nuremberg

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Head to Village Gallery and Underart Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe (in Tolga), The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery, and stroll through Trinity Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

Nuremberg, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Nuremberg to Cairns. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Nuremberg - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Herberton, Palm Cove, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

13
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.
Daintree Discovery Centre and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Ngarru Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay), Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Entomological museum, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, & more). Spend the 26th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 24th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas route maker website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman, Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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