5 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

5 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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5 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney


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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Annie's at the Beach). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk