33 days in Caloundra & Cairns Itinerary

33 days in Caloundra & Cairns Itinerary

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33 days in Caloundra & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Caloundra
— 16 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 14 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Shanghai

16
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Kings Beach and Noosa Farmers Market. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Peregian Beach and Bulcock Beach. Explore Caloundra's surroundings by going to Maroochydore (Maroochydore Beach & Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza), Noosa River (in Noosaville) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Noosa National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Caloundra trip maker site .

Shanghai, China to Caloundra is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Shanghai to Caloundra due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in March, expect Caloundra to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Noosa, Maleny, Buderim, Mooloolaba, Eumundi
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

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.
Head to Sunday Market Port Douglas and Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafefor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Atherton Tablelands. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay), Port Douglas (Opal Reef, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, & more) and Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Caloundra to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Caloundra in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Cairns. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Atherton, Palm Cove, Herberton
Find places to stay Mar 24 — Apr 8:
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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