8 days in Cairns Itinerary

8 days in Cairns Itinerary

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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.
Get outdoors at Wonga Beach and Opal Reef. Explore hidden gems such as Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Spas & Wellness. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio (in Tolga). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, see Multi-day Tours, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey planner.

December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Spy & Camera Museum, Rex Lookout, Birdworld Kuranda
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
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Atherton Tablelands
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

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