41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 31 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 30​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Cairns

31
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ellis Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), Yungaburra (The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, Artistree Gallery, & more) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 28th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Macalister Brewing Company, and tee off at Cairns Golf Club.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online tour planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Yungaburra, Edge Hill, Smithfield, Mareeba
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 27th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Horses in Port, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast travel site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, expect Gold Coast to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Daintree Tea, then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach.

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Getting from Gold Coast to Cape Tribulation by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in July; daily highs in Cape Tribulation reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree Tea, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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