7 days in Cairns & Cape Tribulation Itinerary

7 days in Cairns & Cape Tribulation Itinerary

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7 days in Cairns & Cape Tribulation Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Cairns

3
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.
Visiting Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 27th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

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

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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 31st (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then browse the exhibits of Daintree Discovery Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and finally take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Photography Tours

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