32 days in Cairns Region & Port Douglas Itinerary

32 days in Cairns Region & Port Douglas Itinerary

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32 days in Cairns Region & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 28 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Perth

28
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.
Head to Cairns Art Gallery and Michael Seebeck Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Figtree Playground and Platypus Viewing Platform. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Mareeba (Granite Gorge Nature Park & Jaques Coffee Plantation), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, take in the dramatic scenery at Millaa Millaa Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders, and head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

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Perth to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Perth - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Atherton, Millaa Millaa, Edge Hill, Mareeba
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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.
On the 25th (Fri), look for gifts at With Sugar, explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, head outdoors with Horses in Port, then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

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You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mossman
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Horseback Riding Tours
Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course ©
Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

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