39 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

39 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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39 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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

35
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.
Visit Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach for some beach relaxation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Coffee Works, & more) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Terra Nova Gallery). Spend the 10th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trinity Beach, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder app .

In May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Edge Hill, Palm Cove, Cow Bay, Kuranda
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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 15th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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