7 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

7 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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7 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

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

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
You've now added Daintree Safaris to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Daintree Safaris and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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