56 days in Cairns & Bunbury Itinerary

56 days in Cairns & Bunbury Itinerary

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56 days in Cairns & Bunbury Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 29 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h
2
Bunbury
— 25 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Perth

29
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, Safaris, & more), Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip tool .

Perth to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Cairns. Traveling from Perth in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bunbury.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Mossman, Palm Cove, Daintree
Find places to stay Aug 6 — Sep 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

25
nights
Bunbury

Bunbury is a growing city that attracts young workers, who in turn have fostered a vibrant nightlife.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bunbury: Mandurah (Mandurah Community Museum, Amaze Miniature Park, & more), Margaret River (Margaret River Organic Garden, Beer Tastings & Tours, & more) and Old Blythewood (in Pinjarra). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Busselton Jetty, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, kick back and relax at Meelup Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bunbury trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Bunbury takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bunbury

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Margaret River, Yallingup, Dunsborough, Busselton, Pemberton
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 30:
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Busselton Jetty ©
Busselton Jetty
Food Tours

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