7 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

7 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

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7 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Cairns
bus:  1​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
End: Cairns

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Ride the Beach Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Visiting Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Horses in Port will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Jindalba Boardwalk (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and pause for some photo ops at Miallo Japanese Bombing Site.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Cairns to Port Douglas is an approximately 1.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. August in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bloomfield Waterfall, Miallo Japanese Bombing Site, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Jindalba Boardwalk
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Ride the Beach Adventures ©
Ride the Beach Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trinity Beach and Earl Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Our Animals Our Earth, Emu Ridge Gallery, & more), Atherton (The Crystal Caves & Platypus Park) and Mareeba (Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre & Jaques Coffee Plantation). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Millaa Millaa Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Innisfail Temple, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Mareeba, Atherton, Millaa Millaa Falls
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Earl Hill ©
Earl Hill
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Millaa Millaa Falls ©
Millaa Millaa Falls

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