8 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Lizard Island Itinerary

8 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Lizard Island Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Lizard Island Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— Few hours
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Travel:  81​h
3
Lizard Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  7​h 15​min
End: Cairns

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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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan trip to Port Douglas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in March, and nighttime lows around 74°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lizard Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Esplanade Boardwalk
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Lizard Island

Lizard Island
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at No Name Reef and then explore the striking landscape at Cod Hole.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lizard Island online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Port Douglas to Lizard Island with the Route module. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Lizard Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

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